Tour Group One: October 19-27, 2019
Quartets by Beethoven and Brett Dean form the basis of this tour program from the Marlboro Music Festival. Both works were rehearsed for over a month at Marlboro, and the Dean piece for quartet and soprano was performed under the guidance of the composer, who was in residence at Marlboro in 2017. Frank Rosenwein, principal oboist of the Cleveland Orchestra, joins the ensemble to open the program with Mozart’s genial Oboe Quartet.
Tour Group Two: March 1-8, 2020
Each Marlboro Music touring program is formed around summer performances that co-artistic directors Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss feel achieved a particular dynamism. Tonight’s program is built around Brahms’s first piano trio and Kate Soper’s Lydia Davis-inspired work for soprano and flute. In classic Marlboro fashion, musicians at the beginning of compelling careers perform alongside experienced artists in a program that balances vital new music with the elegance of Schubert, Handel, and Brahms.
National Tour: March 29-April 5, 2020
Inspired performances of Brahms’s Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67 and Respighi’s Il tramonto for vocalist and string quartet return to the stage for this season’s national tour. The two quartets of musicians from the program’s first half join together in the second half to perform Mendelssohn’s delightful Octet, a Marlboro favorite and youthful masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire.
Tour Group Three: May 3-May 10, 2020
Brett Dean was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic for 14 years before beginning his flourishing compositional career. In summer 2017, he participated at the Marlboro Music Festival as both violist and composer-in-residence. This group—which also features Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian and three dynamic young string players—rehearsed Dean’s evocative Epitaphs for several weeks at Marlboro. The result was sufficiently stunning to spotlight on this tour program alongside Dvořák’s beloved Quintet in E-flat Major.