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2007 Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Series at Bard College

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*HUDSON VALLEY CHAMBER MUSIC CIRCLE AT BARD ANNOUNCES 2007 CONCERT SEASON*

*Three June concerts feature Pacifica String Quartet, Claremont Trio,
and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio with violist Michael Tree and
clarinetist Ricardo Morales*

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.---The *2007 Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle
*series at Bard College presents three concerts in June by world-renowned
musicians.  The Saturday evening concerts, presented by The Bard Center,
begin at *8:00 p.m.  in Olin Hall*.  A subscription to the three-concert
series is $60 ($50 for senior citizens).  Single-concert tickets are
$28; for senior citizens, $20; for students, $5.

On *Saturday, June 2,* the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle presents
the *Pacifica String Quartet,* "one of the most vibrant chamber ensembles
around" (/Chicago Sun Times/).  The Quartet---violinists Simin Ganatra
and Sibbi Bernhardsson, violist Masumi Per Rostad, and cellist Brandon
Vamos---perform Mendelssohn's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12;
Elliott Carter's String Quartet No. 5; and Smetana's Quartet No. 1 in
E Minor, "From My Life."

Performing on *Saturday, June 16*, is the first recipient of the
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, the *Claremont
Trio, *which has "the kind of fresh approach that keeps chamber music
alive" (/Cincinnati Enquirer/).  The Trio---violinist Emily Bruskin,
cellist Julia Bruskin, and pianist Donna Kwong---perform Beethoven's
Trio in D Major, Op 70, No. 1, "Ghost"; Bates's "String Band"; and
Dvor(ak's Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, "Dumky."

The 2007 series concludes on *Saturday, June 23*, with the
*Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, *"foremost trio with the greatest
longevity . . . bring[ing] to worldwide audiences their expressive and
exhilarating interpretations" (/Musical America/). The Trio---pianist
Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson---
with guests *violist* *Michael Tree* and *clarinetist Ricardo Morales*,
perform Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 495; Danielpour's
Piano Quartet, "Book of Hours"; and Brahms's Clarinet Trio in A Minor,
Op. 114.

////
The *Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle*, an association of chamber
music lovers that is celebrating its 57th season, was founded by Helen
Huntington Hull and two friends from Staatsburg, New York. enlisted the
help of violinist Emil Hauser, then a member of the Bard College faculty
and original first violinist of the Budapest Quartet, to invite the best
musicians of the time to perform at the Mills and Vanderbilt Mansions.
In 1979, the concert series became a program of The Bard Center. The
HVCMC continues to attract many of the world's preeminent chamber music
artists. In 2000, Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo assumed artistic
directorship of the chamber music series.

These performances are made possible, in part, through the generosity of
the Homeland Foundation and the Leon Levy Endowment at Bard College. For
further information, call
*518-537-6665*.
/#/
About the Artists

*Saturday, June 2*
"One of the finest and most energetic quartets of the younger generation"
(/Gramophone/), the *Pacifica Quartet* became only the second chamber
music ensemble to be awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The Quartet has also received three of chamber music's most important
international awards: Grand Prize at the 1996 Coleman Chamber Music
Competition, top prize at the 1997 Concert Artists Guild Competition,
and the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Quartet was honored in
2002 with Chamber Music America's prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award
and was appointed a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
Center's CMS Two program for gifted young musicians. The Pacifica's
2005--06 season included a European tour; a three-concert series in
Chicago; two concerts at Lincoln Center in New York; two in Washington,
D.C.; and concerts across the country, from Boston to New Orleans to
Tucson. Celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2004--05 season, the
Quartet had its first tour of Japan, first appearance at Wigmore Hall
in London, a performance of all five Elliott Carter quartets for San
Francisco Performances, a concert at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall,
the release of the complete Mendelssohn string quartets on the Cedille
label, and more than 60 concerts across the country. An ardent advocate
of contemporary music, the Pacifica has commissioned and performed as
many as eight new works a year, and has performed Elliott Carter's five
quartets in New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Chicago, and at the Edinburgh
International Festival. The Pacifica Quartet serves as faculty quartet
in residence at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and quartet
in residence at the University of Chicago.

*Saturday, June 16*
Twin sisters Emily Bruskin and Julia Bruskin formed the *Claremont Trio
(*hailed as "deft, exhilarating, and imaginative" by /Strings Magazine/)
with Donna Kwong in 1999 at The Juilliard School. After winning the 2001
Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Trio launched its
touring career with an acclaimed New York debut at the 92nd Street Y.
During the 2006--07 season, the *Claremont Trio* embarked on a concert
tour throughout every region of the United States, including performances
at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, La Jolla Music Society,
Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Los Alamos Concert Association,
Des Moines Art Center, Worcester's Mechanics Hall. In celebration of the
100th anniversary of Shostakovich's birth, the Trio released a recording
of his piano trios coupled with Arensky's Trio in D Minor, Op.32. The
Trio's debut CD of Mendelssohn trios was released on the Arabesque label
in 2004 to enthusiastic critical acclaim. The Claremont Trio has been
featured on television and radio stations throughout the United States
and abroad. Highlights of previous seasons include performances at the
American Academy in Rome; Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and Alice
Tully Hall; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Merkin Concert Hall;
Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan;
and with the chamber music societies of Cincinnati, Detroit, Utica,
Kansas City, Louisville, Buffalo, and Sedona. During recent summers the
Claremont Trio has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Ravinia,
Bard, Norfolk, Moab, Deer Valley, Cape Cod Chamber Music, and Great Lakes
Festivals. The group has also performed with many distinguished guest
artists, including Toby Appel, Martha Katz, Ida Kavafian, Nokuthula
Ngwenyama, and Richard Young.  Deeply committed to expanding the piano
trio repertoire, the group has commissioned and premiered compositions
by Daniel Kellogg, Mason Bates, and Hillary Zipper. The Trio is also
extensively involved in music education and has been recognized for its
engaging and interactive programs for students of all ages. The Claremont
Trio is based in New York City near their namesake: Claremont Avenue.

*Saturday, June 23*
"One of the best-blended, most sensitive, and intelligent piano trios
in the world today" (/The New York Times/). Since making their debut as
the *Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio *at the White House for President
Carter's Inauguration in January 1977, pianist Joseph Kalichstein,
violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have set the standard
for performance of the piano trio literature for thirty years.  As one
of the only chamber ensembles today with all its original members, the
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio balances the careers of three internationally
acclaimed soloists while it makes annual appearances at many of the
world's major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and
maintaining an active recording agenda. The 2006--07 season saw major
commemorations of the Trio's 30th anniversary at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd
Street Y, and the Kennedy Center, in addition to other important venues
in the United States. Carnegie Hall celebrated the Ensemble's 30-year
milestone in April with a program of Mozart, Kirchner, and Schubert that
included Pinchas Zukerman, viola, and Harold Robinson, bass. In addition,
the Trio's 2006--07 tour brought them to Philadelphia, Boston, La Jolla,
Miami, Fort Worth, El Paso, Tucson, Princeton, and Calgary. In January
the Trio embarked on a European tour to Hamburg, Oldenburg, and Erlangen
(Germany); Lisbon (Portugal); and Copenhagen (Denmark). On the recording
front, the Ensemble entered an exciting new partnership with KOCH
International Classics, with the release of their new Arensky and
Tchaikovsky disc. KOCH will also rerelease many of the
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio's hallmark recordings, including chamber
works of Maurice Ravel; /A Child's Reliquary/ (piano trio) and /In the
Arms of the Beloved/ (double concerto) by Richard Danielpour; the complete
sonatas and trios of Shostakovich; trios by Part, Zwilich, Kirchner, and
Silverman written especially for the group, and their beloved collection
of the complete Beethoven Trios. /Musical America/ named the
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the Ensemble of the Year for 2002, and
they are the recipients of the first annual Samuel Sanders Collaborative
Artists Award from the Foundation for Recorded Music. The 2003--04 season
was their first as chamber ensemble in residence at the Kennedy Center.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, *Ricardo Morales* began studies at
the Escuela Libra de Musica, along with his five siblings, all of whom
are now distinguished musicians. He later attended the Cincinnati College
Conservatory and Indiana University before launching his professional
career as principal clarinet of the Florida Orchestra. In 1993, at the
age of 21, he was appointed principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra; he now holds that position in the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Morales has been a soloist with the Chicago and Cincinnati Symphonies
and with the Met Orchestra under James Levine in Carnegie Hall and on
two European tours. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan
Museum of Art, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on NBC's
/Today/. He serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Manhattan
School of Music, Mannes College, and, during the summer, the Verbier
Academy in Switzerland.

In 1954 the /New York Herald Tribune/ wrote "A twenty-year-old American
violinist, *Michael Tree*, stepped out upon Carnegie Hall stage last
night and made probably the most brilliant young debut in the recent
past . . . the violinist evidenced not one lapse from the highest possible
musical and technical standards." Since then Tree has appeared as violin
and viola soloist with the Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, New
Jersey, and other major orchestras. He has participated in leading
festivals, including Marlboro, Casals, Spoleto, Israel, Taos, Aspen, and
Santa Fe. Since 1964, as a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet,
Tree has played in major cities throughout the world. In 1982, Mayor Ed
Koch presented the Quartet with the first New York City Seal of Recognition.
One of the most widely recorded musicians in America, Tree has recorded
more than 95 chamber music works, including 10 piano quartets and quintets
with Arthur Rubinstein, and two complete Beethoven Quartet cycles. These
works appear under Columbia, RCA, Sony, Phillips, Nonesuch, Arabesque,
and Vanguard labels. His television credits include repeated appearances
on the /Today Show/ and the first telecast of /Chamber Music Live from
Lincoln Center/. Tree serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of
Music, Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Bard College
Conservatory of Music, and University of Maryland. He lives in New York
City and Marlboro, Vermont.

"Emily M. Darrow" <[log in to unmask]>

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