A quartet of terrific Heifetz Institute alums: – violinists Eric Silberger and Angela Chan, violist Andrew Gonzalez, and cellist Clare Bradford – join in to perform as part of a community-wide celebration as Mary Baldwin University is formally named – the start of a a monumental 175th academic year for the school that plays host to the Heifetz Institute every summer.
As part of the ceremony, our musicians will perform pieces with strong ties to Mary Baldwin’s 175-year history, including a string quartet by Robert Schumann that composed in 1842, the year the institution was founded.
Our young artists will also unveil a brand-new arrangement of the Mary Baldwin Alma Mater, “A Hymn For Mary Baldwin,”set to a Scandinavian folk song by MBU Professor Emeritus of Music Gordon Page.
To these halls where Wisdom reckons,
To these hills where Beauty dwells;
Where the search for Learning beckons,
Where its tumult never quells…
Even if you’re not in Staunton, you catch the ceremony – and our artists – in action, via a live stream of the event here: marybaldwin.edu/live
To read more, please visit the school’s 175th anniversary website at www.mbc.edu/175th. And catch up on the transition in President Pamela Fox’s first “State of the University” address, discussed in this recent article.