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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—The second annual Concerto Competition, presented by The Bard College Conservatory of Music, begins at 10:00 a.m. in Olin Hall at Bard College on Sunday, December 9. The program is free and open to the public. “Our students look forward to the opportunity to play for the judges and the public. A great deal of learning takes place in a competition such as this one,” says Robert Martin, director of the Conservatory. There are 20 entrants in this year’s competition. Winners of the competition have the opportunity to perform as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in its 2007–08 season at Bard College, or as soloist with the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in its final concert of the 2006–07 season. One of last year’s winners, Shuangshuang Liu, will perform as soloist in the Walton Viola Concerto for the American Symphony Orchestra’s March 2 and 3, 2007, concerts at Bard’s Fisher Center. The judges for the competition are Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and music director and principal conductor of both the American Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the radio orchestra of Israel; pianist Ursula Oppens; and cellist Jonathan Spitz, principal cello of the Bard Festival Orchestra. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or visit # About The Bard College Conservatory of Music 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 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 include violinists Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Soovin Kin, 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; flutists 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 visit # # # (12.01.06)

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This event was last updated on 12-11-2006