Music Series Opens at the Bennington Museum
The very popular Music at the Museum series continues on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. with ‘Honoring Beethoven.’ Now in its fourth year, the concerts, which are held in the Ada Paresky Education Center at the Bennington Museum, are as diverse as the Museum’s collection. This concert is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Reservations are not required. Admission to the galleries is not included, but is always free for Museum members. The concert will feature three gifted musicians.
Pianist Elizabeth Wright, who has performed extensively throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada, the USSR and Japan. She has appeared in recitals with many distinguished artists, among them Yo Yo Ma and Itzak Perlman, and was awarded the prize of Outstanding Accompanist at the fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She is principal pianist for the American Symphony Orchestra, was for many years piano soloist for the dance companies of both Martha Graham and Paul Taylor, and is currently artist associate in piano at Williams College.
Violinist Joana Genova is co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music in Manchester. She is assistant professor of violin at University of Indianapolis, second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet and artist associate at Williams College. She made her solo debut in her native Bulgaria with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra at age12, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria’s National Competition. She has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic and the University of Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.
Nathaniel Parke is a freelance cellist in the region, and principal cello of the Berkshire Symphony. He performs on an instrument made in 1721 by C.G. Testore. He has also been a member of the Boston Composers String Quartet and the Bennington String Quartet. He is currently artist associate in cello at Williams College and instructor of cello at Bennington College. He maintains a studio of private students, many being competition-winners and recipients of awards. He has served as a faculty member and chamber music coach at the Longy School of Music, Skidmore College, SUNY Albany, the Manchester Music Festival, Taconic Music, and is currently on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and Composer’s Forum of the East.
Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street/Route 9 in Bennington. To learn more, visit benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571.