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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Guest artists pianist Todd Crow and trombonist Richard Clark join the American Symphony Chamber Orchestra (ASCO) for the second program of the 2000–2001 Bard-Vassar Concert Series. The concerts, presented by The Bard Center, will be held on Friday, February 9, at Olin Hall, Bard College, and on Saturday, February 10, at Skinner Hall, Vassar College. Preconcert talks begin at 7:00 p.m., concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Single concert tickets are $15. For further information about the ASCO Bard-Vassar concerts, call 845-758-7425.

The program, conducted by Leon Botstein, includes Ferdinand David\'s Concertino for Trombone, Op. 4 with Richard Clark; Mozart\'s Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, with Todd Crow; and Schumann\'s Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61.

Pianist Todd Crow, a Hudson Valley resident and professor of music at Vassar College, has been widely acclaimed for performances in North and South America and Europe. The New York Times has described his playing as \"heroic,\" further stating that \"Crow showed endless flair, color and stamina,\" and The Times of London has called his playing \"spine-chilling\" and \"exhilarating.\" In recent years he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, England, the Czech Republic, Venezuela, and in recital or chamber music at the Berlioz/Dutilleux Festival in Manchester, England, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington\'s National Gallery of Art, and Lincoln Center\'s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He made his London orchestral debut at the Barbican Centre with the London Philharmonic in 1986 and, in 1992, his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra.

Crow is music director of the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music in Northeast Harbor, Maine and has performed at the Bard Music Festival, Casals Festival, Music Mountain, and Maverick Concerts, among others. His two-CD set of Schubert sonatas was recently released on the Musicans Showcase label. Fanfare Magazine voted Crow\'s earlier recording of Schubert sonatas as a Critic\'s Choice for 1990, and Classical Pulse! chose his disc of various works by Chopin, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, and others as a Critic\'s Choice for 1997. Other recent compact discs include the complete music for cello and piano by Mendelssohn (with Mark Shuman), and works of Sergei Taneyev. He is the author of articles on Bartok and of the volume Bartok Studies (Detroit, 1976). Born in Santa Barbara, California, Crow is an honors graduate of the University of California and the Juilliard School; his teachers have included Irma Starr, Erno Daniel, Ania Dorfmann, and Emanuel Bay. In 1986 he received the University of California\'s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Trombonist Richard Clark is the principal trombone of the American Symphony Orchestra, Skitch Henderson\'s New York Pop\'s Orchestra, Stamford (CT) Symphony Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, and is the assistant principal trombone of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He has appeared recently with the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York City Ballet, EOS Ensemble, and New York City Opera. He has also toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Clark is presently lead trombonist and house orchestra contractor of the Broadway revival of The Music Man. Other Broadway musicals in which he has served in the same capacity include The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Candida. Clark has recorded for the Sony Classical, Capital, Columbia, Warner Brothers, Nonesuch, and Koch International labels. He serves as an adjunct professor of trombone at New Jersey City University and William Patterson University.

Leon Botstein is music director of the ASCO, coartistic director and conductor of the Bard Music Festival, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, and president of Bard College. He is editor of The Musical Quarterly and has published several books, including The Compleat Brahms and Jefferson\'s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture.

The final weekend of the ASCO Bard-Vassar 200-2001 Concert Series, on May 4 and 5, features Alban Berg\'s Chamber Concerto, Op. 8, with violinist Erica Kiesewetter and pianist Diane Walsh; George Perle\'s Sinfonietta No. 1; and Mozart\'s Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425, \"Linz.\" Single concert tickets are $15. For further information about the ASCO Bard-Vassar concerts, call 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001