Frank Salomon talks to Michael Miller about the upcoming seasons for Musicians from Marlboro, the People’s Symphony Concerts, the Schneider Concerts, and more

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Frank Salomon at his desk, with end-of-season tributes. Photo 2015 Michael Miller.

Frank Salomon at his desk, with end-of-season tributes. Photo 2015 Michael Miller.

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This was yet another splendid summer at Marlboro. For sixty-four years now, first under the direction of Rudolf Serkin, then under Richard Goode and Mitsuko Uchida, now under Mitsuko Uchida alone, Marlboro has provided a unique environment for young musicians of the highest caliber to grow as artists and as people under the mentorship of some of the greatest mature musicians. Their goal and their loyal public’s benefit have been the famous weekend concerts which fill the hall every July and August. Marlboro has been and continues to be the most powerful formative force in chamber music, not only in America, but internationally. Without Marlboro chamber music would not occupy the place it does in our culture, and orchestral musicians would not enjoy the artistic enrichment of having at least one Marlboro summer. I have written extensively on the School and Festival’s history in The Berkshire Review for the Arts and will not repeat it here. (1. Marlboro at 60; 2. Marlboro Music 60th Anniversary Season: an update…)

One person who has stood at the center of Marlboro’s work for most of its history is Frank Salomon. He arrived in 1960 and has worked as its its Co-Administrator with Anthony Checchia ever since. A man of deep knowledge of music and musicians, his talents have extended beyond Marlboro and have reached into several other important organizations, not always unrelated to Marlboro, which have left their own significant marks on the way music is played and enjoyed. At Frank Salomon Associates he is a manager of performing artists, from Sir Simon Rattle to the highly individual pianist, Alon Goldstein. He also manages the venerable People’s Symphony Concerts, founded in 1900, the Schneider Concerts at the New School (formerly known as the New School Concerts), and the New York String Orchestra Seminar, also affiliated with the New School through the Mannes School of Music, which has proven to be the entrée to Marlboro for many of the talented young musicians who have participated. Mr. Salomon likes to call it “the triple A farm team” for Marlboro. And in fact we began our conversation on Marlboro, or rather the autumn-winter-spring component of Marlboro, the concert series in various major North American cities, New York City, Brattleboro, Boston, Greenwich, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Washington D.C. Musicians from Marlboro, which will begin early next month.

Frank Salomon with the poster of the first Music from Marlboro series. Photo 2015 Michael Miller.

Frank Salomon with the poster of the first Music from Marlboro series. Photo 2015 Michael Miller.

You will find schedules to all of Frank Solomon’s concerts below, with links to the relevant sites.

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Musicians from Marlboro

2015-16 Season

Tour Group One: October 4 – 11, 2015
Earl Kim (1982 Marlboro Music Composer in Residence): “Three poems in French” (soprano & string quartet)
Fauré: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15
Mozart: String Quintet in E-Flat, K. 614
Artists:
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Kuok-Wai Lio, piano
Danbi Um, violin
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Rebecca Albers, viola
Shuangshuang Liu, viola
Peter Stumpf, cello

Tour Group Two : January 17 – 24, 2016
Beethoven: String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9
Penderecki (2013 Marlboro Music Composer in Residence): Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
Artists:
Anthony McGill, clarinet
Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin
David McCarroll, violin
Daniel Kim, viola
Marcy Rosen, cello

Tour Group Three (National Tour): March 30 – April 17, 2016
Berg – Lyric Suite
Haydn – Quartet (TBA)
Dvořák – Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

Tour Group Four: May 1 – 8, 2016
Program:
Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Saariaho (2013 Marlboro Music Composer in Residence): Terra Memoria (String Quartet)
Schumann: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63
Artists:
Francisco Fullana, violin
Joseph Lin, violin
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jay Campbell, cello
Ahrim Kim, cello
Zoltán Fejérvári, piano

Venues:

Greenwich, Connecticut
The Friends Cole Concert Series presents Musicians from Marlboro in a popular series of concerts at the Greenwich Library’s Cole Auditorium. The Friends Cole Concert Series is made possible through the support of the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Foundation and the Friends of Greenwich Library.
Website: www.greenwichlibrary.org
Box Office: 203-622-7938
Tickets: Free admission

Musicians from Marlboro Upcoming Performances this Season:
Sunday, October 4th, 2015 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 17th, 2016 – 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 1st, 2016 – 4:00 pm

New York City
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall

Monday, October 5th, 2015 – 8:00 pm
Monday, January 18th, 2016 – 8:00 pm
Monday, May 2nd, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Washington, DC
Three Musicians from Marlboro concerts are presented annually in Washington, DC at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. All performances are free of charge and take place in the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium.
Tickets are required and can be obtained through Ticketmaster beginning the second Monday before each concert and at the Meyer Auditorium one hour before showtime.
Website: www.asia.si.edu/events
Box Office: 202-397-7328
Tickets: Free tickets can be reserved through Ticketmaster. Up to four tickets per person can be reserved for a service fee of $2.75 per ticket and $1.25 per order.

Musicians from Marlboro Performances this Season:

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 – 7:30 pm
Friday, May 6th, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Musicians from Marlboro is presented annually at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
PCMS – one of the largest and most revered series in the country – was founded in 1986 by Marlboro administrator Anthony Checchia. Since that time, the series has grown to over 60 annual concerts, including outstanding chamber music, vocal, piano, and mixed ensemble programs.
Website: www.pcmsconcerts.org
Box Office: 215-569-8080
Tickets: $24 or less by subscription

Musicians from Marlboro Upcoming Performances this Season:
Musicians from Marlboro I
Friday, October 9th, 2015 – 8:00 pm
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Musicians from Marlboro II
Thursday, January 21st 2016 – 8:00 pm

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Musicians from Marlboro III
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 – 8:00 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
Musicians from Marlboro tours are presented annually at Boston’s  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Performances take place in the museum’s Calderwood Hall. Tickets are required and include museum admission.
Website: www.gardnermuseum.org
Box Office: 617-278-5156
Tickets: $27 or less

Musicians from Marlboro Upcoming Performances this Season:
Sunday, October 11th, 2015 – 1:30 pm
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Sunday, January 24th, 2016 – 1:30 pm
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Sunday, May 8th, 2016 – 1:30 pm
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Toronto, Ontario
Musicians from Marlboro concerts in Toronto are heard annually at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Concerts take place at Mazzoleni Concert Hall in Ihnatowycz Hall
Website: performance.rcmusic.ca
Box Office: 416-408-0208
Tickets:  Contact Box Office

Musicians from Marlboro Performances this Season:
Thursday, April 7th, 2016 – 7:30 pm

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2015–2016 Schneider Concerts 59th Season

Alexander Schneider, founder and music director (1957–1993)
Music advisors: Pamela Frank*, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin*, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree
* Alumni of the New York String Orchestra Seminar

All concerts take place at
The New School’s Tishman Auditorium
66 W. 12th Street

Schneider Concerts’ Fifty-Ninth Season

Aizuri String Quartet
Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2:00pm
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Prize Winner, 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
Miho Saegusa and Zoë Martin-Doike, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello

MozartString Quartet in D Major, K. 575 (1789)
Berg  – String Quartet Op. 3 (1910)
BeethovenString Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 “Razumovsky” (1808)

Tesla String Quartet
Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:00pm
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Gold Medal, 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
Ross Snyder and Michelle Lie, violin
Edwin Kaplan, viola; Serafim Smigelskiy, cello

Johann Friedrich Fasch – Sonata a quattro in D Minor (c. 1740)
Caroline ShawPunctum (2009)
Caroline ShawEntr’acte (a minuet and trio) (2011)
Haydn – String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5 (1771)
Beethoven – String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131 (1826)

Verona String Quartet
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:00pm
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Grand Prize, 2014 Coleman Chamber Music Competition
Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola; Warren Hagerty, cello

Haydn – String quartet to be announced
Ligeti – String Quartet No. 1 (1953-1954)
Beethoven – String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2 in E Minor (1806)

Signum String Quartet
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 2:00pm
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Kerstin Dill and Annette Walther, violin
Xandi van Dijk, viola; Thomas Schmitz, cello

Mozart Adagio and Fugue, K. 546 in C Minor (1788)
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 9, Op. 117 (1964)
PL van Dijk “iinyembezi” (2000/2001)
Webern – Langsamer Satz (1905)
BeethovenGroße Fuge, Op. 133 (1825)

Catalyst String Quartet
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2:00pm
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Karla Donahew-Perez and Jessie Montgomery, violin
Paul Laraia, viola; Karlos Rodriguez, cello

IvesString Quartet No. 1 (c. 1897-1900)
Golijov – Tenebrae (2000)
arr. Catalyst Quartet – Canciones Latinas (2013)
Jessie Montgomery – Source Code (2013)
Dvořák – String Quartet No. 12, Op. 96 in F Major, (1893)

Horszowski Piano Trio with John Dalley, violin
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2:00pm
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Jesse Mills, violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
Rieko Aizawa, piano

BeethovenPiano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1 (1809)
Joan Tower “For Daniel” (2003)
BrahmsPiano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor (1875), with John Dalley, violin

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People’s Symphony Concerts 2015 – 2016 Season

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ARENS SERIES

Dover String Quartet with Paul Watkins, cello
Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
Zoltán Fejérvári, piano

Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School

Joseph Kalichstein, piano
Saturday, January 30, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
Itamar Zorman, violin
Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
Juilliard String Quartet
Saturday, April 2, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
Richard Goode, piano
Saturday, May 7, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
available on subscription only   

MANN SERIES

Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Saturday, October 10, 2015 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
available on subscription only
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
Jaime Laredo, violin and Sharon Robinson, cello
with John Dalley, viola and Anna Polonsky, piano

Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
Signum String Quartet
Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
Artemis String Quartet
Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School
available on subscription only
ECCO, East Coast Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 8pm
Washington Irving High School

SALOMON SERIES
(formerly Festival Series)

Ariel String Quartet with Alon Goldstein, piano
Sunday, October 4, 2015 @ 2pm
Town Hall
Jonathan Biss, piano
Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 2pm
Town Hall
Lise de la Salle, piano with members of The Knights
Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 2pm
Town Hall
Augustin Hadelich, violin with Joyce Yang, piano
Sunday, March 6, 2016 @ 2pm
Town Hall
Calidore String Quartet
Sunday, April 17, 2016 @ 2pm
Town Hall
Kian Soltani, cello with Aaron Pilsan, piano
Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 2pm
Town Hall

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A bit of visual history...Photo 2015 Michael Miller.

A bit of visual history…Photo 2015 Michael Miller.

New York String Orchestra
Carnegie Hall
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Thursday, December 24, 2015 | 7pm
New York String Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, Conductor
Emanuel Ax, Piano

MOZART – Overture to Così fan tutte
BEETHOVEN – Piano Concerto No. 2
MOZART – Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”

Monday, December 28, 2015 | 8pm
New York String Orchestra
Jaime Laredo, Conductor
Jinjoo Cho, Violin

BARBER – Adagio for Strings
TCHAIKOVSKY – Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT – String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” (arr. for orchestra by Andy Stein)

Michael Miller

About Michael Miller

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on The Berkshire Review and New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L’Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.

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