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  Alicia de Larrocha
(in memóriam)

Alicia de Larrocha has developed an intensive international career since her concerto debut at the age of twelve, and is now recognized as an artist of outstanding interpretative insight. She is a regular visitor to all the important musical centers of the United States and Canada, and performs regularly throughout Europe, Latin America, Japan and Australasia.

She has enjoyed collaborations with a number of eminent musicians, among them Victoria de los Angeles, Montserrat Caballé, and the Guarneri and Tokyo Quartets. She also gave a performance of the Concerto for two pianos by Poulenc with the composer playing the second piano part. Alicia de Larrocha's lifelong friendship with Federico Mompou led to the composition of a number of works dedicated to her.

An exclusive artist with BMG/RCA Classics, current releases include a series of Mozart piano concerto recordings with the English Chamber Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis. Already available are recordings of Mozart piano sonatas, works by Schumann, a Spanish recital disc featuring works by Falla and Montsalvage, and discs featuring songs and dances by Mompou and works by Granados.

Alicia de Larrocha is the recipient of many special distinctions including the Paderewski Memorial Medal, the Príncipe de Asturias prize, the Cervantes Prize of the Jacinto and Inocencio Guerrero Foundation, Honorary Doctorates from the University of Michigan and Yale University, the German critics' prize, four Grammy awards, and two Grand Prix du Disque.

Alicia de Larrocha was first recognized as a great musical talent by Joaquin Turina and Enrique Fernández Arbós. She later studied with Frank Marshall, the assistant of Enrique Granados who continued his school of piano playing.
    Remembering Alicia de Larrocha

GREENWICH-STAMFORD, Connecticut, September 26, 2009 — As the TREETOPS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY prepares to reopen its doors on October 25, its great mentor and artistic advisor Alicia de Larrocha passed away in Barcelona yesterday night. We mourn a great loss and sense that a tie to history —the kind we’ll read about in books to come— was lost.

Alicia de Larrocha was discovered by Frank Marshall, a disciple of Enrique Granados, and debuted with the Madrid Symphony under the baton of Enrique Fernández Arbós, the great violinist and prominent student of Joachim. Later in her life, Alicia de Larrocha received Grammy awards for her recordings of Albéniz’s Iberia and Granados’s Goyescas, making permanent her commitment to her recent past and effectively passing it on to future generations.

Alicia de Larrocha toured the United States regularly since the 1960’s and is well known by many of the friends of the Treetops Chamber Music Society. Her last visit to Carnegie Hall was in 2002. After that, she enjoyed her time mostly in her native Barcelona, seeing her daughter Alicia Torra bring forward the Academia Marshall, the music school founded by Enrique Granados.

The Treetops Chamber Music Society will remember Alicia de Larrocha for years to come not only as the iconic artist she was, but also as a sensitive mentor, who lent her hand to our organization at its very start.

Alicia de Larrocha’s memory will help us continue to work hard to bring forward our mission. On one hand we will continue to honor our rich history —remembering printmaker Louis Schanker, torch singer Libby Holman, Martin Luther King and Libby Holman’s support of the Civil Rights movement, Boston University at Treetops, the Stamford Land Conservation Trust and the far-reaching movement to save Treetops from development in the 1990’s, and the generosity of the current owners of Treetops—. On the other hand we will continue to look forward, collaborating with prominent artists of our time to play a mentoring roll ourselves, so that we can help new generations of young artists —through our concerts, our J. C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, our Children’s Program “Music and Nature at Treetops,” and our outreach programs—.

Looking forward to seeing you at Treetops soon,

Oskar Espina Ruiz
Artistic Director
Treetops CMS
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  Charles Neidich

Charles Neidich, clarinetist, is active not only as a soloist and collaborator in chamber music programs, performing with leading ensembles including the St. Louis and Minneapolis Symphonies and the Juilliard and Mendelssohn String Quartets, but also as a composer and conductor, most recently fulfilling all three roles with the San Diego Symphony.

Mr. Neidich has been active in restoring original versions of works and bringing them before the public, including those of Mozart, Weber, Copland, and Schumann.

He also is a leading exponent of new music, premiering works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Ralph Shapey, and Joan Tower, among others. His own work, "Sound and Fury" for woodwind quintet and taped English Horn written in the memory of Ronald Roseman, was premiered by the New York Woodwind Quintet.

Mr. Neidich's recordings are available on the Sony Classical, Sony Vivarte, Deutsche Grammophon, Musicmasters, Hyperion, and Bridge labels.

In addition to the New York Woodwind Quintet, Mr. Neidich is a member of "Mozzafiato" the noted period ensemble.

He currently is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School, the Mannes College of Music, and is Visiting Professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY.

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  Anthony Newman

Mr. Newman’s collaborations include some of the "greats" of music: Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis, Itzhack Perlman, and Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, and Leonard Bernstein.

Mr. Newman has guest conducted many of the world's greatest chamber orchestras, including those of Los Angeles, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. A whole series of orchestral conducting triumphs with the Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Baroque, and the New York Chamber Orchestra during the 1997-98 season have raised him to the top ranks of Baroque and Classical specialist conductors.

Mr. Newman was Young Concert Artist's only harpsichordist ever! At Lincoln Center alone he has appeared more than 50 times as soloist during his career. His duo appearance with flutist Eugenia Zukerman at the New York Public Library is now in the 20th year.

"Gabriel's Garden", a collaboration with Wynton Marsalis and the English Chamber orchestra on SONY, was No.1 Classical bestseller for a full year.

Among his more unusual European appearances was the first performance of Hindemith's Sancta Suzanna in chamber version. In East Germany he conducted the first performance of Cesar Franck's Chasseur Maudit and Liszt's Les Preludes since the end of World War II.

Mr. Newman was recently made Music Director and fund raiser of Bach Works, New York's only all-Bach organization; and is music director of Bedford Chamber Music.

No less prodigious as composer, his works have been heard in such cities as Paris, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Singapore, and London. His compositions include many sonatas and concerti, numerous choral works, a complete set of piano and organ preludes and fugues in every key, and others. All of his works are published by T.D. Ellis Music Publishing, Old Greenwhich, CT. Scarecrow Press published a biography of Mr. Newman in 2001.

Anthony Newman was born in Los Angeles, studied in Paris with Alfred Cortot and famed Notre Dame organist Pierre Cochereau. Later he received degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York, Harvard University, and Boston University. He was a professor of music at S.U.N.Y., College at Purchase for thirty years, and is currently music director at St. Matthew's Church in Bedford, NY.

As a person committed to outreach he has been a volunteer at Stanford Hospital and a member of Hospice since 1994. Mr. Newman holds the following degrees: Diplome Superieure, Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris; B.S. Mannes College, NY; M.A. Harvard University; D.M.A. Boston University.

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