Reviews & Features

Marlboro has been fortunate to receive in-depth profiles in the local, national, and international press. Below is a selection of notable articles that have been written about Marlboro, exploring what Alex Ross (in his 2009 New Yorker feature) calls “the classical world’s most coveted retreat.”

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The Music Mountain

In-depth feature on Marlboro in the June 29, 2009 issue of The New Yorker, written by Alex Ross, in which he proclaims Marlboro “the classical world’s most coveted retreat.”

Youth and Veterans Make Marlboro Unique

"The Marlboro Music Festival opened its 68th season with two concerts that justified its place as one of the most important in the world." —Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald (July 16, 2018).

Equality Prevails at Marlboro

"The afternoon brought together artists from all different stages of their careers," and together, Musicians from Marlboro provided "fiery takes on Boccherini, Bartók, and Ravel that also showcased humor, expansivity, and refinement" (March 13, 2018).

Marlboro at the Forefront

Musicians from Marlboro "tantalized the eardrums" of audience members with "absolutely enticing delicacies" at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the first tour group of the 2017-18 season. The wonderful winds performed Ligeti, Beethoven, Barber, and Poulenc (November 20, 2017).

Tenor Nicholas Phan brings intensity to the Kimmel Center

“The great chamber music laboratory six hours to the north, Marlboro Music, keeps a discreet profile. But every once in a while, the festival takes its act on the road, and we are able to hear interpretations in various stages of development” (January 27, 2017).  

Tenor Nicholas Phan shines in Musicians from Marlboro Concert

The Boston Globe lauds Nicholas Phan as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers” in a performance that offered “glimpses into the storied summer festival’s approach to its craft” (January 24, 2017).

Musicians from Marlboro Shine at the Gardner Museum

Boston's Arts Fuse reports on the second 2016-17 Marlboro tour, saying that the performance "will surely be among the finest I’ll hear in the year to come" (January 25, 2017).

Where Musicians Bask in the Luxury of Time

Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times sketches a portrait of community and music-making and explores the particular value of time at Marlboro (August 8, 2011).

New England native returns to Marlboro Music Festival

The Republican features Marlboro participant Lily Francis, who reflects on the living traditions of the festival after a 10-year absence from Marlboro (August 4, 2016).

Sofia Gubaidulina Pursues Music of the Soul

Jeremy Eichler explores the subjects of composition, history, and truth with 2016 Composer in Residence Sofia Gubaidulina.

Marlboro Celebrates 50 Years on Tour

Profile of the Musicians from Marlboro touring program in The Wall Street Journal (April 6, 2016).

Why Rehearsals Matter At Marlboro

Marlboro "can count itself as a genuine laboratory or think tank, where young artists deepen their knowledge and broaden their perspectives about music that audiences often take for granted." —Deceptive Cadence from NPR Classical

Beguiling Beethoven, Sumptuous Schubert

"The performance is nothing short of magical. Every gesture is at once clear and full and yet contained."—NPR Classical on the 60th anniversary recording of Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio

Hendricks Brings Moyse Trio to Marlboro

Feature article published in the local Brattleboro Reformer in 1950 upon Marlboro College President Walter Hendricks announcing the creation of the Marlboro Music Festival.

Musicians at Play: A Marlboro Memoir

An article written by Richard Woodhams, principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, for Symphony Magazine, recounting the history and influence of the festival from the perspective of an eminent orchestral musician.

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