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World Renowned Performers—Violinist Thomas Zehetmair, Oboist Heinz Holliger, and Harpist Ursula Holliger—to Perform at Carleton Chapel

May 24, 2011
By Mallory Monsma '11

In a very special program, renowned musicians Thomas Zehetmair, Heinz Holliger, and Ursula Holliger will share the stage on Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel at Carleton College. Zehetmair, a violinist and new Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), will lead two works by Haydn: Symphony No. 99 and the Emperor String Quartet, which includes a melody that appears in the German national anthem. Oboist Holliger will join him for Elliott Carter’s Oboe Concerto, and harpist Holliger will complete the trio for Frank Martin’s Three Dances.  This not-to-be-missed event is free for Carleton faculty, staff and students with a valid College ID; admission is $10 at the door for the general public.

Thomas Zehetmair is one of the most significant violinists of his generation. He has a successful international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, making guest appearances with major orchestras around the globe.  In 1994, he formed the highly acclaimed Zehetmair Quartet, with whom he has recorded string quartets by Hartmann, Hindemith, Bartok and Schumann on the ECM New Series.  This year, Zehetmair is an official Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and so will help the SPCO develop distinctive multi-year programming based on mutual interests. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Weimar.

An oboist, composer, and conductor, Heinz Holliger’s oeuvre covers all genres.  He has received numerous awards and prizes for his performances as well as his compositions—from stage works via orchestral, solo and chamber music works to numerous vocal pieces. In April 2003, the Cité de la Musique in Paris dedicated a whole concert week to his work. In 2007, Holliger was the first to receive the Zurich Festival Award, and in 2008 he received the Rheingau Music Award. Co-founding projects such as the Basler Musikforum in 1987 and collaborating with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the Ensemble Modern, Holliger is particularly involved in the presentation of new music.

Ursula Holliger has served as an important advocate for contemporary harp compositions, recording and performing them worldwide as a soloist and in small groups.  Numerous composers have recognized her efforts by dedicating or writing works specifically for her, including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Ernst Krenek, Witold Lutoslawski, Frank Martin, Toru Takemitsu and Isang Yun.  She has taught at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany and at the Musik-Akademie in her native Basel.  Presently, she is a regular guest teacher at the Boston Conservatory.  Her master classes serve as inspiration to the next generation of harpists who learn the classics but also value contemporary music.

The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located off First and College Streets in Northfield. For more information regarding this convocation, please contact the Carleton College Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4308.

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