Marlboro College


Pianist Cynthia Raim to open series on October 10, followed by reception

Marlboro, VT -- (September 16, 2010) -- The 2010-11 season of Music for a Sunday Afternoon has been dedicated to music professor Luis Batlle, who is retiring after 30 years of teaching at Marlboro.

Pianist Cynthia Raim will begin the season at the usual 3:00pm time on October 10 in Ragle Hall, performing works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin.  Marlboro College president, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, will offer remarks honoring professor Batlle's service to the College, and a reception will be held in the lobby of the Serkin Center for the Performing Arts following the performance.

The concert is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. RSVP online at or call 802-451-7151. The 2010-11 Music for a Sunday Afternoon performance schedule can also be found at

Cynthia Raim, who was unanimously chosen as the First Prize winner of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition, has been acclaimed for her concerto and recital appearances throughout the United States and abroad. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Detroit, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Prague, Hamburg, Lausanne and Vienna.  She has also participated in many leading international music festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Meadow Brook, Grand Teton, Bard, Mostly Mozart, Santa Fe, Luzern and Montreux.  A 1977 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Raim has recorded for Gallo, Pantheon, and Connoisseur Society.

A native of Uruguay, Luis Batlle was first invited to the Marlboro Music School & Festival by co-founder Rudolf Serkin in 1956 and has participated most every year since. He moved to the United States on a full-time basis in 1978 to co-direct Serkin's Institute for Young Performing Musicians in Guilford, Vermont, and teach part time at Boston University. In 1980, he succeeded Blanche Moyse as chair of the Marlboro College music department. He married Marlboro professor of literature, Geraldine Pittman, shortly afterward. All four of his children, Eliza, Luis, Leopoldo and Jorge, are graduates of the College.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College public relations department at 802-251-7644 or In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.


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