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The Bard Center Presents a Faculty Recital with Marka Gustavsson and Frank Corliss on Sunday, February 27

Sunday Matinee Concert Includes Works by Bach, Stravinksy, Enescu, and World Premiere of Kyle Gann’s Scene from a Marriage

Eleanor Davis
Marka Gustavsson

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard Center at Bard College presents a special faculty recital featuring Marka Gustavsson on viola and violin and Frank Corliss on piano, on Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m. The concert takes place in Olin Auditorium and is free and open to the public. For more information call 845-758-7887.

Works to be performed include the Bach Sonata in A Major for violin and keyboard, Stravinsky’s Duo concertante, Kyle Gann’s Scene from a Marriage (world premiere) and George Enesco’s Impressions d'enfance.


About the Performers:

Violinist and violist Marka Gustavsson has performed in major halls across Europe, Canada, the United States, as well as Japan and Israel. Sought after as a guest-artist, Gustavsson has been invited as collaborator and teacher to festivals such as Bard, Mostly Mozart, Skaneateles, Portland, Bennington, and Newport. She has played concerts and given master classes at such schools as Yale, Eastman, Indiana University, Northwestern, the Banff Centre, and Cleveland Institute. In the New York area, she has appeared as a guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, on Robert Sherman’s The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase on WQXR, on the ABC Sports documentary A Passion to Play, and with the Symphony Space All-Stars. Additionally, Gustavsson’s strong interest in new music has led her to work closely with many composers including John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Katherine Hoover, Martin Bresnick, and Tan Dun. Currently Gustavsson holds a full time Visiting position at Bard College and with the Colorado Quartet, and serves as faculty and coartistic director at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and Quartet Institute.

Frank Corliss currently directs the postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship at The Bard College Conservatory of Music. Before coming to Bard, Mr. Corliss was for many years the director of music at the Walnut Hill School and a staff pianist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. A frequent performer on the Boston Symphony Prelude Concert series, he also performs throughout the United States as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. In addition to his duties at the BSO and Walnut Hill, Corliss has worked as a musical assistant for Yo-Yo Ma and has assisted Ma in the musical preparation of many new works for performance and recording, including concertos by Elliot Carter, Richard Danielpour, Tan Dun, John Harbison, Leon Kirchner, Peter Lieberson, Christopher Rouse, and John Williams. Corliss can be heard in recording on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning Sony disc Soul of the Tango, as well as the Koch International disc of music by Elliot Carter for chorus and piano with the John Oliver Chorale

Composer Kyle Gann was new music critic for the Village Voice from 1986 to 2005. Since 1997, he has taught music theory, history, and composition at Bard College. He is the author of The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (Cambridge University Press, 1995), American Music in the 20th Century (Schirmer Books, 1997), Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice (University of California Press, 2006), No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" (Yale University Press, 2010), and Robert Ashley (University of Illinois Press, 2010; forthcoming). His music has been performed on the New Music America, Bang on a Can, and Spoleto festivals. His major works include Sunken City, a piano concerto commissioned by the Orkest de Volharding in Amsterdam; Transcendental Sonnets, a 35-minute work for choir and orchestra commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir; Custer and Sitting Bull, a microtonal, one-man music theater work he’s performed more than 30 times from Brisbane to Moscow; The Planets, commissioned by the Relache ensemble via Music in Motion and continued under a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artists’ Fellowship; and The Hudson River Trilogy, a trio of microtonal chamber operas written with librettist Jeffrey Sichel, the first of which, Cinderella’s Bad Magic, was premiered in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In addition to Bard College, Gann has taught at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Bucknell University.

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February 9, 2011

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This event was last updated on 02-10-2011