Marlboro Festival founder Rudolf Serkin (right) with Pablo Casals (left) and Alexander Schneider at Marlboro in the 1960s.
James Levine (left) with Van Cliburn in 1956.
Marlboro co-founder Blanche Moyse (left) with Hermann Busch and Rudolph Serkin in the 1950s.
Marlboro co-founder Blanche Moyse conducts in the 1950s.
A softball game on the Marlboro campus, 1950s.
Clarinetist Harold Wright with Benita Valente and Rudolph Serkin in 1960.
Cellist Hermann Busch and Rudolph Serkin rehearse in the 1960s.
Rudolf Serkin with German shepherd in the 1960s.
(L-R) Bernard Goldberg with Marlboro co-founder Louis Moyse and Luis Batlle in 1963.
Myron Bloom (left) with Rudolph Serkin in the 1950s.
Marlboro co-founder Marcel Moyse (standing) conducts Beethoven's Octet for Winds in 1960.
Joshua Bell (left) with Asako Urushihara and pianist Richard Goode in 1989.
Horn players Christine Chapman and Christopher Komer, with clarinettists Harold Wright (center) and Ron Chen-Zion in 1990.
Felix Galimir (right) with Renee Jolles in 1990.
David Soyer (right) with Peter Lloyd in the 1980s.
Samuel Rhodes (right) with Brian Chen in 1999.
Isidore Cohen with Wu Han in 1987.
Paul Tortelier with Wilhelmena Smith in 1989.
Bruno Canino (right) with Misha Amory in 1991.
Catherine Cho, in a light-hearted mood, at the Marlboro dining hall in the 1990s.
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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.