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News Brahms’ String Sextets Performed at Marlboro College on the 23rd

Marlboro, VT—Marlboro welcomes six talented New England musicians to perform Johannes Brahms’ string sextets on Sunday, September 23, at 3:00 p.m. in Ragle Hall, Serkin Center for the Performing Arts, at Marlboro College in Marlboro.

The first sextet in B flat major was written from 1858-1860 and, according to performing violinist Kathy Andrew, has a lightness and ease rarely associated with Brahms. At this time his relationship to Schumann’s wife, Clara, was comfortable and intimate, and Brahms was exploring his individuality, moving away from the influences of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.

The second sextet in G major is a tribute to Agathe von Siebold, with whom Brahms had a strong romantic attachment. Following the termination of the relationship and finding himself overwhelmed with memories of Agathe, Brahms wrote the first three movements of the sextet in the idyllic retreat of Baden-Baden. Started in the summer of 1864, the movement was completed in 1865.

Violinist Kathy Andrew, assistant concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, concertmaster of Opera North and an instructor at the Brattleboro Music Center, is joined by five colleagues from the surrounding New England region. Violist Marcia Cassidy plays with baroque and chamber ensembles, and is on the faculty at Dartmouth College, as is cellist John Dunlop, principal cellist for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Cellist Dieuwke Davydov teaches at Middlebury College and is also a member of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Violist Paul Reynolds, principal violist of the Green Mountain Opera festival, and violinist Katherine Winterstein, concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony, are on the faculty of Middlebury College.

For more details, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 258-9259, or log on to our Web site and click on the “News” link.

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