This coming weekend there will be an explosion of music in the Berkshires! and I can strongly recommend three concerts taking place on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon. They are all free, but there is a suggested $10. donation for Saturday afternoon. Read on…
1. Friday, September 25 at 7:30 pm in McConnell Auditorium, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Debut performance of The Orchestra Now, a new pre-professional training orchestra from the Bard Conservatory directed by Leon Botstein. The program includes symphonies by Haydn and Beethoven, and a concerto by Mozart played by the brilliant pianist Anna Polonsky
2. Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm in the Roe-Jan Library of Hillsdale New York
Baroque chamber music from the Netherlands (mostly) played by the Ensemble Nieuw Nederland: Tricia van Oers, recorder; Anne Legêne, viol; and Mariken Palmboom, harpsichord (NB: all performers from the Netherlands)
3. Sunday, September 27 at 3 pm in McConnell Auditorium, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Piano recital by Arthur Greene, brilliant pianist, head of the Music Department of the University of Michigan, and originally a native of Sheffield; he will perform (among other things) Charles Ives’s “Concord” Sonata with a visual accompaniment of images related to the theme of the sonata: the writers and thinkers of the Transcendentalist movement centered in Concord in the 19th century.
Larry Wallach is a pianist, musicologist, and composer who lives in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and heads the Music Program at Simon’s Rock College of Bard. He has also taught composition at Bard College. He studied piano privately with Henry Danielowitz and Kenneth Cooper, and was trained at Columbia University where he studied music history with Paul Henry Lang, performance practices with Denis Stevens, and composition with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson, and Charles Wuorinen. He earned a doctorate in musicology in 1973 with a dissertation about Charles Ives. In 1977, he was awarded a grant to become part of a year-long National Endowment for the Humanities seminar at the University of North Carolina directed by William S. Newman, focussing on performance practices in earlier piano music. He went on to participate in the Aston Magna Summer Academy in 1980, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, both privately and in master classes.
Larry Wallach has been an active performer of chamber music with harpsichord and piano, and of twentieth century music. He has collaborated with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, with recorder virtuoso Bernard Krainis, with violinist Nancy Bracken of the Boston Symphony, with violinist/violist Ronald Gorevic, with gambist Lucy Bardo, and with his wife, cellist Anne Legêne, performing on both modern and baroque instruments. He has appeared with the Avanti Quintet, the New York Consort of Viols, and is a regular performer on the “Octoberzest” series in Great Barrington. He has been on the staffs of summer early music workshops at World Fellowship and Pinewoods Camp.
In 1996, he presented a program at the Bard Music Festival devoted to Charles Ives designed around a performance the composer’s Second Violin Sonata along with all the source tunes that are quoted in it. Part of this program was repeated at Lincoln Center in NY. He has also appeared on programs in Washington DC, and at St. Croix VI. As a composer, his works have been heard in New York, Boston, Amherst, the Berkshires, and at Bard College.