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August 29, 2006


The College opens its 40th anniversary celebration year with this event

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Pianist Peter Serkin will perform in a concert at Simon's Rock College of Bard on Saturday, September 9 at 8 p.m. The concert, to be held in the Daniel Arts Center, will be free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come basis, and the doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

Peter Serkin will perform works by Toru Takemitsu, Elliot Carter, and J.S. Bach.

Peter Serkin performed in the opening gala concert of the Daniel Arts Center two years ago, and returned to the campus to perform during the spring of 2006. In both Simon's Rock appearances, his presence, intense musical sensitivity and virtuosity captivated the audiences.

Mr. Serkin has performed many world premieres, including works written for him by Toru Takemitsu, Peter Lieberson, Oliver Knussen and Alexander Goehr. Most recently, Mr. Serkin played the world premieres of Charles Wuorinen's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Boston Symphony under the baton of James Levine in Boston, at Carnegie Hall and at Tanglewood; a solo work by Elliot Carter commissioned at his request by Carnegie Hall and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; and another work by Charles Wuorinen for piano and orchestra with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He will perform the work by Elliot Carter in its Berkshire premier at this September 9th concert.

Called "one of the supreme musicians of our time," (New York Times) Mr. Serkin has performed with the world's major symphony orchestras and has played chamber music with the Orion, Budapest and Guarneri String Quartets, and TASHI, of which he is a founding member. Mr. Serkin's rendition of the six Mozart concerti composed in 1784 was nominated for a Grammy and received the prestigious Deutsche Schallplatten Prize. This album was selected "Best Recording of the Year" and one of the best recordings of the past two decades by Stereo Review. His other Grammy-nominated albums include Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus and Quartet for the End of Time on BMG, and a solo recording of works by Stravinsky, Wolpe, and Lieberson on New World Records. Mr. Serkin has recorded for Arcana, Boston Record, Bridge, Decca, ECM, Koch Classics, New World Records, RCA/BMG, Telarc and Vanguard Classics.

Peter Serkin appears by arrangement with C/M Artists New York.

Simon's Rock College is pleased to begin its 40th anniversary year with this concert, and sees Mr. Serkin's gift as an ideal opportunity to share the first of its anniversary events with the Berkshire community. Events will continue with a Community Day on October 21, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706