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World-renowned Hugo Wolf Quartett Performs October 28

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Free Concert is Gift to the Middlebury Community

The Performing Arts Series presents the acclaimed Viennese string quartet, the Hugo Wolf Quartett, on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The concert is presented free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Clinical Science and Art.

This concert is part of a multi-year collaboration between the Performing Arts Series and the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in which the Institute designates a high-profile concert to be offered for free. This gift to the Middlebury community is made in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. The Institute will also present a second free concert later this season: the Pavel Haas Quartet, on Friday, April 13, 2012.

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The Hugo Wolf Quartett is made up of violinists Sebastian Gürtler and Régis Bringolf, violist Gertrud Weinmeister, and violoncellist Florian Berner. Having developed from an ensemble known only to chamber music lovers to one of the most sought-after string quartets of its generation, the Hugo Wolf Quartett left our audience on the edge of their seats when last in Middlebury in 2010. They have been called “new stars on the quartet heaven” by Der Standard, Vienna, and the Los Angeles Times proclaimed that the quartet “claims a prominent place on anyone’s ‘must-hear’ list.” Their Middlebury program will include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major, K.428, Webern’s String Quartet (1905), and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D.887.

For 17 years, the quartet has been a fixture on the international chamber music scene and has fascinated audiences around the globe. Their grand personalities, passionate will for expression, and unceasing artistic curiosity are the trademarks of their work.

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Through training with the Alban Berg, Smetana, Amadeus, and LaSalle quartets, and also with Ferenc Rados, the ensemble laid the cornerstone for a highly successful career together. Founded in Vienna in 1993, the quartet soon won such coveted awards as the Special Prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the European Chamber Music Prize, followed by the International String Quartet Competition in Cremona in 1995— the same year that they debuted in the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 1998, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus elected the four as Rising Stars, and since then the quartet has regularly performed in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and Berlin’s Philharmonie, as well as at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Colmar Festival, La folle journée de Nantes, and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg.

The quartet equally emphasizes the classical/romantic and contemporary musical literature in their program selection. Indeed, numerous compositions have already been written for, and premiered by, the Hugo Wolf Quartett, such as Friedrich Cerha’s String Quartet No. 4, Johannes Maria Staud’s “Dichotomie,” string quartets by Erich Urbanner, Dirk D´Ase and Otto M. Zykan, and a quartet and octet by jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel.

The Hugo Wolf Quartett has also distinguished itself on the recording scene. Their recordings of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18/4 and Op. 132 (Gramola, 2001) and Schubert’s String Quartet D887 and D87 (VMS, 2009) both won Austrian radio station Ö1’s Pasticcio Prize. In addition, the quartet’s close collaboration with legendary jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and pianist John Taylor is documented on the recording Other People (CamJazz, 2006); and, in 2007, the label cpo released the first-ever recording of two string quartets by Franz Mittler, an enigmatic Viennese multi-talent of the first half of the 20th century. The quartet’s latest CD (VMS, 2010) is a live recording of three early Joseph Haydn works performed during the 2009 Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival.

During the 2011/2012 season, the ensemble will record the complete oeuvre for string quartet by its namesake, the Austrian late Romantic composer Hugo Wolf, as well as a live performance of the Schubert Octet.

The Hugo Wolf Quartett concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. For more information, call x-3168 or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.

Site-Specific Artist Patrick Dougherty Returns

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Visit Marks the Farewell to “So Inclined”

Patrick Dougherty, whose enchanting community-created sculptural project So Inclined has embellished the Route 30 entrance to the Mahaney Center for the Arts for the past four years, will return to campus on Friday, October 28. Dougherty will discuss his world-wide projects and commissions since that time in a 4:30 p.m. talk in Room 221 of the MCFA. The lecture is free and open to the public.

patrickdougherty-soinclined-mahaney_centerDougherty’s site-specific sculpture at Middlebury was constructed in three weeks of September 2007. It represents the collaboration of more than two-hundred and thirty volunteers, from elementary school children to college studio artists and adult community members from Addison County and beyond. To create the sculpture, silver maple and grey dogwood saplings were harvested from  Weybridge, Vermont. Like all of Dougherty’s projects, So Inclined was understood to be a temporary structure from its inception. Once dismantled, the sculpture materials will be recycled into compost, and returned to the earth as a supplement for campus plantings. The survival of the installation through four Vermont winters and summers—through ice and snow storms, tropical rains, and dry spells—has heightened its landmark status on the campus. So Inclined has embraced many visitors, as an attraction for the community that produced it, as well as for families and tourists casually passing by the building.
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All are invited to post their memories of the construction process or subsequent visits to a blog set up on the College’s website: http://sites.middlebury.edu/soinclined/. The blog will be live through the month of December.

Dougherty is the subject of a recent monograph, Stickwork, which lists all of his projects including Middlebury’s So Inclined. The book will be available for purchase and signing by the artist following his talk. A video by Daniel Houghton, a Middlebury alumnus from the class of 2006, documents the creation of the sculpture and will be shown in the lower lobby of the Mahaney Center for the Arts during the week preceding and following Dougherty’s presentation.

so_inclined___patrick_doughertySo Inclined was commissioned by the College’s Committee on Art in Public Places, under the direction of Richard Saunders, director of the Middlebury College Museum of Art. While not permanent, its presence has enhanced the College’s distinguished collection of public sculpture, inaugurated in 1996 by action of the Board of Trustees.

Middlebury Audience Favorite Paul Lewis Continues Schubert Piano Cycle

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British pianist Paul Lewis will treat audiences to an evening of Schubert’s piano works at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8:00 P.M. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation, and has become an audience favorite on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series.

paul_lewis-preferred-cred-keith_saundersThis concert is the third in a series of five concerts in Lewis’s worldwide Schubert project. In 2011, he began this two year cycle, performing all of Schubert’s mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. The series will be presented in Middlebury, London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and at other venues worldwide. For the October 14 concert at Middlebury, he will perform the Wandererfantasie, as well as the Four Impromptus and Moments Musicaux. The next installment in the series will take place in Middlebury on May 4, 2012.

Lewis has already garnered significant critical acclaim for Schubert performances. The Chicago Tribune noted, “Lewis’ deep insights into the emotional complications of this music were matched by his firm grasp of classical structure and the ways in which Schubert’s lyrical gift illuminates that structure. This was Schubert playing of a very high order.”

Between 2005 and 2007, Lewis performed the complete Beethoven Sonatas at venues throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim, and his recordings of the cycle for Harmonia Mundi have received unanimous praise throughout the world. His complete set of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra was chosen as Recording of the Month in both Gramophone and Classic FM Magazine in autumn 2010. He has recently completed recordings of the three Schubert song cycles with tenor Mark Padmore. Many of his most recent recordings will be for sale at the concert venue.

In summer 2010, Lewis became the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to play all five Beethoven Piano Concertos in a single Proms season. The complete cycle was broadcast on BBC television. He is also a regular guest at many other prestigious venues and festivals including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Roque d’Antheron Piano Festival, the Klavier Festival Ruhr, and London’s Wigmore Hall where he has appeared on more than forty occasions.

Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife, the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Tickets are $20, for faculty and Staff and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, go/boxoffice or x-6433.