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Vassar to Kick Off Summer Classical Series

Pianist Richard Wilson, professor of music at Vassar College, will lead a trio in works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Wilson, at 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon June 15, to open the college's sixth annual summer series of classical music concerts at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall in the Skinner Hall of Music. The series of free public performances will also feature pianist Todd Crow, organist Merellyn Gallagher, and pianist Thomas Sauer of the Vassar music faculty, and it will conclude with two performances tied to the 58th Chamber Music Festival of the East.

Violinist Rolf Schulte and cellist Sophie Shao will join Vassar's Richard Wilson in the June 15 series kickoff event, which begins at 3:00 p.m. Next, on Friday June 27, at 8:00 p.m., an eclectic program of Handel and Caldara, Mendelssohn, and Scottish folk melodies will be performed by the ensemble of pianist Todd Crow, violinist Stephanie Chase, cellist Mark Shuman, and counter-tenor Drew Minter.

Vassar's brand new 2,418-pipe Paul Fritts organ will then be put through its paces, when Merellyn Gallagher performs an evening of Bach on Sunday June 29, at 8:00 pm. The college's summer classical series will
continue on Sunday July 6 at 3:00 p.m., with a recital by pianist Thomas Sauer and guest violinist Mark Steinberg, who will play works of Mozart
and Beethoven, including Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata.

On Thursday July 24 at 7:30 pm, in conjunction with the Chamber Music Festival of the East, New York Times and Atlantic magazine music writer David Schiff will collaborate with Festival faculty to present "Meet the Music," Two days later, on Saturday July 26, at 8:00 p.m., the Festival will present three ensembles to conclude Vassar's summer classical concert series

To open the Saturday evening program, festival music director and Metropolitan Opera violinist Shem Guibbory will be joined by clarinetist Marianne Gythfeldt, cellist Kermit Moore, and pianist Sonia Rubinsky, to perform the suite from "Gimpel the Fool," composed by David Schiff. Then "Whispers" by Sebastian Currier will be performed by flutist Zizi Mueller, cellist Edward Arron, pianist Sonia Rubinsky, and percussionist James Lee Preiss. To close the program, violinists Reneé Jolles and Sheila Reinhold, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Edward Arron will perform the String Quartet #3 in A Major, Opus 44, #3, by Robert Schumann.

Parking for Vassar's Skinner Hall of Music, and its wheelchair-accessible and air-conditioned Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, can be found directly on the college's campus, off Raymond Avenue in the Town of Poughkeepsie, NY (http://www.vassar.edu/directions/). For more information, call the Office of Conferences and Summer Programs at (845) 437-5900. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the event.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Sunday, June 15, 2003