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News Early Music Gala Celebrates Edmund Brelsford's 80th Birthday, April 10

MARLBORO, VT - (March 29, 2011) - Marlboro College will host an Early Music Gala performed by Edmund Breslford and Friends at 3:00pm on Sunday, April 10 in the Whittemore Theater.

The annual concert marks the 47th anniversary of the Marlboro Recorder Workshop and this year also celebrates the birthday of the workshop's artistic director and founder, Edmund Brelsford. Admission is free and all are welcome to join us for refreshments, a cake cutting, and to meet the artists at the reception in the lobby following the concert.

The program consists of vocal and instrumental music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the Classical Period from Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, including arias and duets from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and "The Magic Flute". Special guest vocalists Margery McCrum (soprano) and James Anderson (tenor) will join Brelsford (baritone, lute, recorder); Wendy Redlinger (soprano, psaltery, harpsichord); Sarah Cantor (recorder), Angus Lansing (viola da gamba), Andrus Madsen (harpsichord) and Timothy Merton (baroque cello).

Edmund Brelsford studied recorder with the Dutch virtuoso Frans Bruggen and baroque flute with Hans-Martin Linde of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. He is a former faculty member of the International Recorder Schools at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Siena, Italy as well as the Brattleboro School of Music. His concert career has taken him on tour all over the world. Edmund also taught language and literature at Marlboro College for over forty years.

The Marlboro Recorder Workshop wishes to express its deep gratitude to the one hundred and fifty-eight guest artists who have participated in performances over the last forty-seven years, and most particularly to its dear, departed colleague Blanche Honegger Moyse and beloved retiring colleague Luís Batlle.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered 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 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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