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News Musicians from Marlboro Concert Honors Retiring Professor, April 30

Marlboro, VT -- (April 7, 2011) -- The spring schedule for Marlboro Music's touring musicians includes the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, among other grand concert halls. But on Saturday, April 30, the group will give a performance in the more modest surroundings of Marlboro College, in Vermont, where Marlboro Music holds its annual summer music school and festival, to pay tribute to longtime friend Luis Batlle.

Batlle was first invited to the Marlboro Music School & Festival by co-founder Rudolf Serkin in 1956 and has participated almost every year since. In 1980, he succeeded Blanche Moyse as chair of the Marlboro College music department. Batlle will officially retire at the end of the spring 2011 semester, prompting these two organizations with their richly intertwined histories to organize a concert that would benefit the endowment fund for the Luis Batlle Chair in Music.

"Luis is indelibly identified with Marlboro College as well as Marlboro Music School," said Marlboro College president, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell. "With his musicianship, his reputation as a teacher and his wide range of friendships among the best musicians in the world, he is the strong link between the two Marlboros."

The concert will be take place at 7:30pm in the dining hall, marking a return to the original performance space of the Marlboro Music Festival when it began back in 1951. Tickets ($50 patron seating, $40 general admission, $25 children 18 & under) can be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154975.

The touring quintet consisting of Benjamin Beilman (violin), Veronika Eberle (violin), Beth Guterman (viola), Yura Lee (viola) and Judith Serkin (cello) is scheduled to perform Mozart's String Quintet in C Major, Haydn's String Quartet in C Minor, op. 17, no. 4 and Dvorak's String Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 97.

A native of Uruguay, Batlle made a permanent move to the United States in 1978 to co-direct Rudolf Serkin's Institute for Young Performing Musicians in Guilford, Vermont, and teach part time at Boston University. Shortly after joining Marlboro College's faculty, he married literature professor, Geraldine Pittman, and has brought dozens of top musicians from the festival and beyond to play concerts during the school year, a tradition that continues through the "Music for a Sunday Afternoon" series. All four of his children, Eliza, Luis, Leopoldo and Jorge, are graduates of the college.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College public relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. Images are available upon request. In the event of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College events line at 802-451-7151.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and master's degree and certificate programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration, nonprofit management 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 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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