The first of our three tour programs this season features nine outstanding musicians performing works from three centuries. Respighi’s rarely performed Il Tramonto for voice and string quartet is a hauntingly affective work that tells the story of two lovers and their tragic fate. Rene Orth’s You Shattered My Deafness incorporates text by St. Augustine in a dramatically reflective work. The evening ends with one of the most beloved chamber music works: Mendelssohn’s effervescent String Octet, a piece brimming with bustling energy and beautiful melodies.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran was in residence at Marlboro in 2018 and worked extensively on her music with these artists 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 includes Mozart’s Divertimento, a singular work that achieves “something special in the way of art, invention, and good spirits.”
The Musicians from Marlboro touring program has been lauded as a “virtual guarantee of musical excellence” (Washington Post). Some of the most outstanding Marlboro performances from recent years share this program with compelling contemporary works by Amy Beth Kirsten and past Marlboro participant Paul Wiancko.
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