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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Bennington, Vermont A modern composer an honoured Friend and a cellist s dream. All will meet in Bennington tomorrow by Geoffrey Chapman a there has never been a family quite like the Finckel a said Louis Calabro. A a that a what prompted the piece to be what it what it is is the Bennington College composer musician teachers unique composition a triple concerto for cellos and orchestra. It is to the Best of Calabro a knowledge the first musical work Ever composed for three cellos. Dedicated to Long time Friend and colleague George Finckel the work will Bow into the worlds musical repertoire in its debut performance tomorrow. Soloists of course Are the Finckel father George and sons Michael and Christopher. They will be joined by the 100-piece Bennington Community orchestra. Colleague poet and Friend Howard Nemerov will read from his work College historian Thomas Brockway will speak and professor emeritus Lucian Hanks will be master of ceremonies. Finally after the performance Alan Carter musical director of the Vermont symphony orchestra will present a citation from the Vermont Council of the arts. It will Honor George Finckel for his a distinguished services in the arts. The program represents perhaps the highest tribute conceivable to the musical Finckel and George in particular who retired from the College last Spring after 29 years of teaching. Leaving his studio and classroom however did nothing to Lessen his stature in the minds and hearts of colleagues friends and students. Tomorrows tribute Speaks for itself. Calabro an accomplished musician in his own right was a Finckel admirer who set out with the expressed purpose of composing the most appropriate work to Honor and illuminate a family musical career that spanned nearly three decades. What More fitting Means to that end than a work built around a family of cellists specifically Why not a concerto for the three Finckel cellos finding himself with an idea an inspiration to develop and a six month sabbatical to compose whatever he chose Calabro hid himself away in the Florida Everglades and went to work. There guided by inspiration and what Are probably the two most potent influences on his music the work of Copland and Stravinsky Calabro composed. A it is a huge one movement work running approximately 35 to 40 minutes. All parts Are extremely equal with no one part predominating. Since All three of these men Are virtuoso musicians i did not want for example a a first cellist or a second cellist As you ordinarily As for the music itself Calabro said a it does no to follow any prescribed lines. It goes through All kinds of different moods and Tho soloists in tomorrow s performance Are George Christopher arum Michael. They began working on the Solo parts last summer. Christopher is 22. A graduate of Curtis Institute and a free Lance musician. Michael. 26. Teaches at the Buxton school and assists Al Bennington College. Sometimes with violent contrasts. A very expressive but to describe that kind of aural expression in words requires some understanding of the particular musical philosophy and background of Louis Calabro a Man who refuses either to be categorized or to a shut myself off from All the sounds around me. I find it old hat a even impolitic a to stick to one perhaps it was that particular aspect of his character that nearly got him tossed out of a billiard. Calabro never went to High school a fact which does not spook him. A i have no regrets. Nobody a Ever bothered me about it a he said. A i Felt that since i was a late starter i had to make a tremendous Effort but i be bothered with so Quot i was kind of an obnoxious student at Julliard. Infant they did throw me out. But i ended up walking off with All the Calabro a statement does not seem to be egocentric Al so much As a simple admission of fact he did walk off with the honors at least one scholarship an Elizabeth Coolidge prize for chamber music and later two Guggenheim fellowships. What happened among other things was that Calabro wrote what was supposed to be a Mozart style fugue. So Calabro wrote a fugue in five eight time. A the instructor raised his hands in despair and explained that Mozart never wrote in five eight but the budding composer was rescued. A by Vincent Persichetti a wonderful composer and teacher. If it Hadnot been for him i would have quit on the after five years several trunks full of Maverick compositions and All the honors Calabro turned to the problem of earning a living. He came to Bennington in 1953 for a composers conference. Here he met George Finckel. The several attractions of Vermont Bennington College Finckel and an offer combined to bring him Here permanently in 1955. A i like to be As Complete a musician As possible a Calabro said. A i want variety complexity simplicity. And i love ethnic music. The music of Bali Java India even our own pop and Calabro does not however compose for an audience. Quot i think there a something extremely dishonest about that. I get great enjoyment and a tremendous sense of fulfilment from my music. I wish everyone would love my music but that would be his approach to composition is practical. A a in be never been a theoretician. That a Why in be been Here so Long. It the Liberal musical philosophy of the College conforms so Well with my beliefs about out of his beliefs have poured Over 50 works. Two string quartets three symphonies the War protest oratorio a latitude. I Longitude. A and Many others. The triple concerto though is obviously a special Effort. Its character is made More unusual by a particular cadenza for orchestra which Calabro describes with great relish. A it is totally improvised. It is a tremendous mass a texture of that comes when the conductor raises his Arm. It May continue for As Long As he feels it is working. A when i lower my Arm everyone starts tuning on a. That is going to get quieter and quieter a to absolute silence. Then it starts again on an a. The transition again will be improvised. The final return should be extremely dramatic. Its a very Gutsy kind of dangerous a sure ifs dangerous. But you have to take a Chance. It could be disastrous but i done to think it will one soloist told Calabro that cadenza was a like running the four minute perhaps that is apropos of Calabro a musical output. He seems to run it very Well but tomorrows performance should have More to say about that. The composer. Louis Calabro. Triple concerto for Celli and orchestra will be performed tomorrow afternoon at i in the auditorium of the mount Anthony i Aion High school in Bennington. Tickets Are to be available at the door. The honoured musican and colleague. George Finckel. George Finckel. When he in t playing music runs an antique shop next to his Home on Boule 7 North of Bennington. His shop reflects part of his philosophy Tach person sets his men table on the things he considers

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