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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—On Thursday, October 12, The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents a piano four-hand concert with pianists Marta García Renart and Richard Goode, a member of the Conservatory faculty. Free and open to the public, the program begins at 4:30 p.m. in Olin Hall and features performances of Brahms’s Waltzes, Opus 39; Karl Kohn’s “Castles and Kings”; Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite”; Brahms’s Waltzes, Opus 39; Robert Starer’s Suite; Leonardo Velazquez’s Duo Concertante; and selections from Robert Schumann’s “Pictures from the East.” Pianist Marta García Renart, sister of Bard faculty member Luis Garcia Renart and mother of Bard graduate Mara Garcia Renart ’05, is in constant demand in México, and has traveled to the United States, Cuba, and El Salvador giving recitals and master classes. She has participated in important musical series and chamber and contemporary music festivals, performing with the Fine Arts, Lark, Manhattan, Latinoamericano, and Ying Quartets. García Renart is also a composer and has written song cycles, choral music, and chamber works for various instruments, solo piano works, and music for the theater, and was recently commissioned to compose a chamber opera, The Pot of Eleven Ears. From 1998 through 2002, Garcia Renart had a weekly program On Music, Musicians . . . and Something More that was awarded a Prize of Excellence. She was also conductor of the choir of Orfeò Català de Mèxico for 11 years. She was born in Mexico City in 1942 and began her music studies with Mssrs. Hartmann, Samper, Agea, Michaca, and Flavigny. From 1959–64 she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Rudolf Serkin and Eleanor Sokoloff. She continued her studies at the Mannes College of Music, studying musical analysis, conducting, and composition under Carl Schachter. Richard Goode studied with Elvira Szigeti and Claude Frank, with Nadia Reisenberg at the Mannes College of Music, and with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute. He has won many prizes, including the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Competition, the Avery Fisher Prize, and a Grammy Award with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. His remarkable interpretations of Beethoven came to national attention when he played all five concerti with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman, and when he performed the complete cycle of sonatas at New York’s 92nd Street Y and Kansas City’s Folly Theater. Goode has made more than two dozen recordings, including Mozart concerti with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and chamber and solo works of Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and George Perle. He is the first American-born pianist to have recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas; the recording was nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award. As a recitalist, he has become a a favorite throughout Europe as well as the United States, and appears regularly in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, and the leading cities of Germany and Italy. In Berlin, Die Welt proclaimed, “The musical world has a new pianist, who is able to play Beethoven like nobody else.” Goode serves, with Mitsuko Uchida, as coartistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont. He is a member of the faculty (piano master classes) at The Bard College Conservatory of Music. The Conservatory Concerts and Lectures continue with a special “Meet the Artist” presentation with soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Osvaldo Golijov, moderated by Ara Guzelimian, on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater at the Fisher Center. On Sunday, November 12, at 3:00 p.m., and Wednesday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m., the Conservatory presents two chamber music concerts in Olin Hall. The fall series concludes with the Da Capo Chamber Players, featured in a concert on Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Bard Hall. On Saturday, December 9, the Conservatory presents the second annual Concerto Competition in Olin Hall, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. All programs are open to the public without charge. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call the Conservatory at 845-758-7196 or e-mail # Building on its distinguished history in the arts and education, Bard College has launched The Bard College Conservatory of Music, which welcomed its first class in August 2005. This innovative, 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 new Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, conservatory students also pursue a bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Conservatory faculty includes 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 and Nadine Asin; clarinetists Laura Flax and David Krakauer; bassoonist Marc Goldberg; horn players Julie Landsman and Jeffrey Lang; trombonist John Rojak; trumpeter Mark Gould; and tuba player Alan Baer. The Conservatory Composition Program is directed by Joan Tower and George Tsontakis. 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 of the Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, the resources and faculty of the Bard College Music Program are available to students of the conservatory. The Conservatory also includes the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts, directed by Dawn Upshaw, and The Conductors Institute and its graduate program in conducting, directed by Harold Farberman. For more information about the Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or log onto the program’s website, # # # (10.02.06)

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This event was last updated on 10-13-2006