This week we've been applauding the Marlboro Festival, now celebrating its 60th season, with a look at how the music gets made at the adamantly old-school festival and a listen to some of the music itself. Today, some visual eavesdropping.
The Marlboro Music Festival is more like a retreat than a festival. Set in the bucolic, rolling hills of southern Vermont, Marlboro's annual summertime routine remains largely unchanged since its opening seasons six decades ago. That's when pianist Rudolph Serkin (artistic director until his death in 1991) and a group of five friends, including cellist Hermann Busch and flutist Marcel Moyse, came up with the idea to host musicians young and old, professionals and students, to rehearse works intensively for three weeks and only then offer up a portion of the results to audiences in the form of weekend concerts.
Clemens Kalischer, a 90-year-old German-born photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and galleries across the world, has been photographing the events at Marlboro since the festival's earliest seasons. A selection of 49 of his photographs — from serious music making to softball games — is on exhibit just down the road a few miles from Marlboro at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.
Among the photos, there's nothing more charming than the 13-year-old James Levine and the 22-year-old Van Cliburn side by side at a Marlboro piano in 1956.