For Immediate Release: May 14, 2019
Contact: Susan Strano, Marketing Director
802-447-1571 ext. 204
sstrano@benningtonmuseum.org

Bennington, VT – The very popular “Music at the Museum” series continues on Sunday, May 26 at 2:00 pm in the Ada Paresky Education Center at the Bennington Museum with Honoring Beethoven. Now in its fourth year, the concerts presented in Music at the Museum are as diverse as the Museum’s collection. This concert is free and open to the public thanks to the support of Alison Nowak and Robert Cane. Reservations are not required. Admission to the galleries is not included, but is always free for Museum members. “With thanks to our sponsors, it gives me great joy to make this music available to the public. 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,” stated Deana Mallory, Director of Public Programs.

Pianist Elizabeth Wright has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the USSR, and Japan. She has appeared in recitals with many distinguished artists, among them: Yo Yo Ma, Joel Krosnick, Itzak Perlman, Elmar Olivera, and Phylis Cutain. She was awarded the prize of Outstanding Accompanist at the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Wright 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. She has recorded on the Gasparo, Opus One, and CRi labels.

Violinist Joana Genova is co-founder and Artistic Director of Taconic Music (Manchester, VT), Assistant Professor of Violin at University of Indianapolis, second violinist of The Indianapolis Quartet and Artist Associate at Williams College. Joana 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 at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her former teachers include Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Since 2000, Joana 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, Taconic Music, and is currently 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.

About the Museum
Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street (Route 9), Bennington, in The Shires of Vermont. The Museum is open 10 am to 5 pm Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesday through May. Open daily June through October (closed July 4.) It is wheelchair accessible. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students, museum members, or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum’s website www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.

Bennington Museum is a member of ArtCountry, a consortium of notable art and performance destinations in the scenic northern Berkshires of Massachusetts and southern Green Mountains of Vermont, including The Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art , Williamstown Theatre Festival (20 minutes away); and MASS MoCA (25minutes away). Visit ArtCountry.org for more information on these five great cultural centers.

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