Penn Libraries Events & Exhibitions
Musical Partnerships at Play:
The Marlboro School and Festival
On exhibit July 21, 2017 - June 21, 2019

Photo of young and old hands playing piano, no date. Marlboro School and Festival Records, Kislak Center

Performance and Reception
Thursday, October 5, 6:00-8:00 PM

Eugene Ormandy Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 4th floor west

Penn Chamber ensemble student performance (from 6:00-7:00 pm) and reception with light refreshments. All are welcome!

Registration appreciated
Marlboro, Vermont is host to the annual Marlboro School and Festival—a warm, communal, and joyous music-making gathering that joins young, aspiring musicians with legendary master-musicians. Fostering a uniquely egalitarian spirit, Marlboro pairs younger participants with mentor artists for coaching, rehearsals, and performances of chamber music. Marlboro is also host to a composer-in-residence program. The objects we've chosen to display reflect the joyousness, inspired playfulness, and history of this influential summer program, founded in 1951. World-renowned pianist Rudolf Serkin created Marlboro and served as artistic director until his death. His co-founders were his father-in-law Adolf Busch (violin), Herman Busch(cello), and Blanche, Louis, and Marcel Moyse (violin/conducting, flutes, respectively). Pianist Mitsuko Uchida is the current artistic director and has served the festival for more than twenty years.

Marlboro participants have gone on to influential solo careers, and to principal chair positions in major symphony orchestras. Teachers such as Pablo Casals (cello) and Marcel Moyse (flute) taught countless musicians who went on to form the fabric of musical worldwide culture. Chamber groups formed at Marlboro include musicians who went on to join: the Guarneri String Quartet, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Daedalus Quartet, the Eroica Trio, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Galimir String Quartet, to name just a few. Music from Marlboro touring ensembles have graced world stages for fifty-three seasons and introduced artists such as Murray Perahia, Benita Valente, Richard Stoltzman, Paula Robison, and more.

Materials here reflect the impact Marlboro experiences had on the musicians who attended and the audiences who listened, forming lasting personal and musical connections. The Marlboro Music School and Festival Records came to Penn in 2013 and includes administrative files, publicity, correspondence, photographs, and audio-visual materials spanning the years 1950-2013. It is housed in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania.

Eugene Ormandy Gallery
Otto E. Albrecht Music Library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, fourth floor
3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, by prior arrangement (215.898.7088 or rbml@pobox.upenn.edu)
Free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)