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Summer Chamber Music Festival marks 26th season

Monday, May 10, 2010

FREDERICK, Md.--Hood College's Summer Chamber Music Festival will mark its 26th season with concerts each Thursday in July at 8 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

The series will open July 1 with an all-Baroque program under the direction of Wayne L. Wold, associate professor of music. The concert will celebrate the 325th birthdays of three Baroque masters--George Frideric Handel, Domenico Scarlatti and J.S. Bach. Performers will include Wold on the harpsichord, bassoonist Anna-Claire Ayoub, flutist Barbara Spicher and oboist Ed Stanley.

The annual Sidney Silverman Young Artist concert will be presented July 8, performed by violinist Joanna Kaczorowska and pianist Pablo Lavandera. The duo was the winner of the collaborative artists category in the 2009 Liszt Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition, where they also won the prize for the best Liszt performance.

The July 15 concert, "French Fireworks," will be an all-French program to mark Bastille Day. Noel Lester, pianist, professor of music and artistic director of the festival; flutist Karen Johnson; violinist RoseAnn Markow Lester; clarinetist David Duree; and lyric coloratura Marie Lester Loy will present French virtuosic music by such composers as Milhaud, Poulenc, Adam, Dancla and Delibes.

The 200th anniversary of composer Robert Schumann's birthday will be celebrated with an all-Schumann program July 22. "Fantasy Pieces" for cello and piano; the "Marchenbilder" for viola and piano; a selection of his lieder; and Schumann's masterpiece for chamber music, the "Piano Quintet in E-flat Major," will be featured. The performers will include violinists Jose Cueto and Markow Lester; violist Noah Chaves; cellist Alison Bazala Kim; Noel Lester; and Jeffrey Tarr, vocalist.

The final concert will feature an annual performance by the Appalachian Wind Quintet July 29. The group will be joined by Noel Lester for a performance of Theodore Blumer's sextet for piano and winds.

The concerts were initiated by Noel Lester in 1985 as a way to bring classical music to Frederick in the summers and to showcase Hood's faculty artists. As the popularity of the festival grew, the three-concert series grew to five. To date, nearly 100 concerts have been performed in this series.

There is no charge for the concerts and tickets are not required. Rosenstock Hall is handicapped accessible.

For further information, contact Noel Lester at (301) 696-3429.