POUGHKEEPSIE, NY- Rounding out the 15th annual summer concert series at Vassar College will be the presentation, on Sunday, July 18, of a program with violinist Joseph Genualdi and pianist Richard Wilson at 3:00 pm. Genualdi and Wilson will perform Mozart's Sonata in A Major, K. 526; Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001; Richard Wilson's "Sour Flowers"; and Beethoven's Sonata in C Minor, Op. 30, No. 2.
This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Established in 1995, each year this summer series offers the Hudson Valley community and beyond an opportunity to hear world-renowned musicians-Vassar faculty members and guest artists-perform together in a relaxed and inviting setting. This annual free series is held in the acoustically superb (and air-conditioned) Martel Recital Hall of the Skinner Hall of Music on the Vassar College campus.
About the Musicians:
Violinist Joseph Genualdi has served on the music faculties of DePaul University, where he was first violinist of the Chicago String Quartet, and the University of Oregon, and currently teaches at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a founding member and artistic co-director of The Chicago Chamber Musicians and one of chamber music's most noted violinists. He toured internationally with the Los Angeles Piano Quartet from 1985-1995. He has appeared with the Marlboro Music Festival and the Muir Quartet, which won the Naumberg Award for Chamber Music, First Prize in the Evian Competition and the Grand Prix du Disque during his tenure as founding first violinist. He has served as associate concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and as concertmaster of the New York City Opera national tour. He performs as a guest artist with orchestras and in numerous festivals.
A member of the Vassar faculty since 1966, Richard Wilson holds an endowed professorship, the Mary Conover Mellon Professor of Music. A pianist and composer, Wilson has composed over 90 works, ranging in medium from solo tuba to full orchestra, which have been played in major halls around the world. He is the recipient of numerous awards, includingthe Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Creative Arts Award in Music from the City of Cleveland, the Stoeger Award from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a Guggenheim Fellowship under which he composed his opera Æthelred the Unready. Wilson is also composer-in-residence with the American Symphony Orchestra, where he gives pre-concert lectures.
About the Department of Music
Music has occupied a place of prominence at Vassar College since its founding, in its curriculum, faculty, student activities, and facilities. Formed in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program encompassing opportunities for majors and non-majors to explore performance, composition, history, and theory in depth. Students are encouraged to gain a broad perspective in several or all of these areas. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of fifteen, the department is able to support individual students as they work to realize their full musical potential.
For additional information and details on the summer concert series, please call (845) 437-5370 or visit the websitehttp://www.vassar.edu/summer. The air-conditioned Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College is wheelchair-accessible. People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Free parking is available at Skinner Hall, and the campus's adjoining south parking lot.
Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.