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WOODSTOCK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES CONCERT SCHEDULE AT BARD COLLEGE FOR THE 2000–2001 SEASON September concert features harpist Kathleen Wychulis in a program of Persichetti, Tchaikovsky, Handel, and Debussy

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra will begin its 2000–2001 performance series at Bard College on Wednesday, September 27, at 8:00 p.m. The concert, presented by The Bard Center, will be held in Olin Hall and features harpist Kathleen Wychulis in a program of Persichetti, Tchaikovsky, Handel, and Debussy. Admission to the concert is $12 for adults, $6 for students, and free for children twelve and under, and faculty and students of Bard College. This program will also be performed on Saturday, September 23, at Holy Cross Church in Kingston and on Sunday, September 24, at St. John's Roman Catholic Church in West Hurley.

Luis Garcia-Renart, artistic director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and professor of music at Bard College, will conduct the orchestra in the performance of Persichetti's Serenade No. 1 for Ten Wind Instruments; Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Op. 48; and, with harpist Kathleen Wychulis, Handel's Concerto for Harp in B-flat Major, Op. 4/6, and Debussy's Danses Sacrée et Profane.

Kathleen Wychulis, a native of Omaha, began studying the harp at age eighteen. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Alice Chalifoux and Yolanda Kondanassis, and completed a master of music degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, studying with Paula Page. With a Fulbright Foundation grant she will continue her studies with harpist Alice Giles next year in Canberra, Australia. Wychulis has given solo and chamber recitals and performed with numerous orchestras in Ohio, Indiana, Nebraska, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Texas. She is on the faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, a summer music program for children located outside of Estes Park, Colorado, where she is also a regular performer in the Music in the Mountains chamber concert series.

Artistic director Luis Garcia-Renart is a professor of music at Bard College and on the faculty at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie; the Piatigorsky seminars at the University of Southern California; and the Yale University summer programs in chamber music. He is also music director of the Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir and Orchestra. Garcia-Renart was born in Barcelona, Spain, and studied at the Music School of the National University and the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico. From 1951 until 1956, his cello studies were supervised by Pablo Casals. He also studied directly with Casals in France and in Puerto Rico until 1960, when he won a scholarship to study at the Conservatory of Moscow with Rostropovich and Khachaturian. Garcia-Renart attended the conservatories of Bern and Basel, Switzerland, and Trossingen, Germany, where he was a pupil of Sandor Veress and Sandor Vegh. Prizes awarded Garcia-Renart include the Casals International Contests in Paris in 1956, Xalpa in 1959, and Israel in 1961. He also received the Harriet Cohen Cello Prize in London in 1959. In addition to conducting, Garcia-Renart performs frequently as a soloist in recitals and chamber concerts nationally and abroad.

The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra continues its in 2000–2001 season at Bard College. On Wednesday, November 8, the orchestra will perform Richard Strauss's Serenade for Winds, Op. 7, and Concerto for Horn in E-flat Major, Op. 11, with David Posner, hornist; and Brahms's Serenade in D Major, Op. 11. On Wednesday, March 28, the WCO will premiere a new work by Jonathan Russell and perform Rameau's Les Indes Galantes, Suite No. 1 (revised by Dukas) and Saint-Saens's Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55. The WCO concludes its season on Wednesday, May 9, with a concert that features Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527, and Sinfonia Concertante.

The WCO concert at Bard is made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and through the generosity of the Homeland Foundation and the Leon Levy Foundation at Bard College. For further information, call 845-246-7045.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001