Tour Group One: October 18-25, 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran was in residence at Marlboro in 2018 and worked extensively on her own music with the musicians in Vermont. Alternating between contemplation and ecstasy, Ran’s Moon Songs for soprano, flute, cello, and piano are at the center of this program, which also includes Mozart’s substantial Divertimento and Haydn’s charming String Trio Op. 53, No. 1.
Tour Group Two: February 14-21, 2021 Works of Britten and Schubert shine in this program with equal intensity and tenderness. Schubert’s String Quartet, D. 87, written when he was only 16 years old, provides a youthful counterpoint to Britten’s String Quartet, No. 3, written within the final year of his life. The lyrical Auf dem Strom for tenor, horn, and piano offers a personal narrative of loss and memory that complements the Canticle’s public commemoration of the 1940 London Raids.
National Tour: March 21-28, 2021 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.
Tour Group Three: April 25-May 2, 2021 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.
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