Museum to present free Beethoven concert

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BENNINGTON — "Honoring Beethoven," a free concert in the popular "Music at the Museum" series, comes to the Ada Paresky Education Center at Bennington Museum at 2 p.m. on May 26. Now in its fourth year, the series presents concerts that are as diverse as the museum's collection.

The concert is supported by Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Reservations are not required. Admission to the galleries is not included.

"With thanks to our sponsors, it gives me great joy to make this music available to the public," said Deana Mallory, the museum's director of public programs. "With many familiar with the works of Beethoven, I am certain this is going to be memorable event. I look forward to presenting concerts for years to come."

Pianist Elizabeth Wright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the former USSR and Japan. She has appeared in recitals with many distinguished artists, including Yo Yo Ma, Joel Krosnick, Itzak Perlman, Elmar Olivera and Phylis Cutain.

Wright was named outstanding accompanist at the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. She received her bachelor of science degree from Mannes College of Music and her master's degree from the Juilliard School. She has premiered and recorded many new works, performing in such groups as The American Composers Orchestra, the Aspen Contemporary Festival, Eos, and Orpheus. She is principal pianist for the American Symphony Orchestra and was for many years piano soloist for the dance companies of both Martha Graham and Paul Taylor. Her summer festival appearances have included Marlboro, Tanglewood, Bard, Taconic Music and the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East. She has been an artist-teacher for the Lincoln Center Institute and has served on the faculty of Mannes College of Music, Bennington College, and Princeton University. She is currently artist associate in piano at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She has recorded on the Gasparo, Opus One, and CRi labels.

Violinist Joana Genova is co-founder and artistic director of Taconic Music, assistant professor of violin at University of Indianapolis, second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet and artist associate at Williams College. Genova began playing violin at the age of 6 in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra at 12, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria's National Competition. She earned her bachelor of music degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her master's in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands.

In Holland, Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Since 2000, she has lived in the United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. 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 free-lance cellist in the region and is principal cello of the Berkshire Symphony. 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 and Taconic Music, and is on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference and Composer's Forum of the East. He can be heard on Albany Records and MMC Recordings performing chamber and solo cello music. Parke performs on an instrument made in 1721 by C.G. Testore.

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