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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Conservatory Concerts and Lectures, presented by The Bard College Conservatory of Music, offers a recital by pianist Melvin Chen on Sunday, March 19, at 3:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. The program, featuring Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3; Chopin’s Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52; Shostakovich’s Sonata No. 2, Op. 61; and three preludes by Gershwin, is free and open to the public. Melvin Chen, associate director of the Conservatory and assistant professor of music and interdisciplinary studies at Bard, has performed at major venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Frick Collection, and the Kennedy Center, in addition to other appearances throughout the country, Canada, and Asia. He has collaborated with Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, David Shifrin, Robert White, Pamela Frank, Peter Wiley, and members of the St. Lawrence, Mendelssohn, Miami, Orion, Borromeo, and Arditti Quartets. He was selected to be a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, and has performed at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Chautauqua, Music from Angel Fire, and Bard Music Festival, among others. He can be heard on Discover, Nices, and KBS label compact discs with violinist Juliette Kang. On Saturday, April 15, at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall, Conservatory students present an evening of chamber music. The spring Conservatory Concerts and Lectures series concludes on Thursday, May 11, at 8:00 p.m., with a performance by the Bard Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, at the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The program features the Spohr Violin Concerto No. 8 (known as the “Gesangszene”), with violinist Luo-sha Fang, a winner of the Conservatory Concerto Competition. For further information about the Conservatory Concerts and Lectures, call 845-758-7425. For reservations for the two Bard Conservatory Chamber Orchestra concerts at the Fisher Center, call the box office at 845-758-7900. # ABOUT THE CONSERVATORY Building on its distinguished history of innovation in the arts and education, Bard College has launched The Bard College Conservatory of Music. This innovative, five-year double-degree program is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. While training and studying for the bachelor of music degree with world-class musicians and teachers and performing in state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard Conservatory students also pursue a bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. The Bard College Conservatory of Music’s instrumental and composition faculty includes world-class musicians and composers, including violinists Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Weigang Li, Laurie Smukler, and Arnold Steinhardt; violists Steven Tenenbom, Michael Tree, and Ira Weller; cellists Sophie Shao and Peter Wiley; double bassist Marji Danilow; pianists Melvin Chen, Jeremy Denk, Peter Serkin, and piano master classes with Richard Goode; oboists Laura Ahlbeck and Richard Dallessio; flutist Tara Helen O’Connor; clarinetists Laura Flax and David Krakauer; bassoonist Marc Goldberg; hornists Julie Landsman and Jeffrey Lang; trombonist John Rojak; and trumpeter Mark Gould. The Colorado Quartet and Da Capo Chamber Players are in residence. Members and principals of the American Symphony Orchestra are also available for instruction, coaching, and leading of sectional rehearsals in the Conservatory Orchestra. In 2006–07, the Conservatory will introduce three additional programs: the Vocal Arts Graduate Program, directed by Dawn Upshaw; The Conductors Institute and its graduate program in conducting, directed by Harold Farberman; and the Composition Program, directed by Joan Tower and George Tsontakis. For more information about the Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or log onto the program’s website, # # # (3/1/06)

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This event was last updated on 03-29-2006