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Pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys to Perform at Simon’s Rock


August 21, 2014

Contact: Karen Anderson
Associate Director of Communications
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Contact: Laurence Wallach
Livingston Hall Chair in Music
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys to Perform at Simon’s Rock

Simon’s Rock Alumna Starts New Season with Solo Piano Recital

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Manon Hutton-DeWys, a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Bard College, and the Mannes School of Music, will offer a solo piano recital in McConnell Auditorium of the Daniel Arts Center on the Simon’s Rock campus on Saturday, September 6 at 8 pm. The recital will feature Schumann’s great cycle Carnaval, op. 9 and will include works by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Roger Sessions and Claude Debussy.

Hutton-DeWys has been a regular guest at the College since receiving her AA degree in 2003, often appearing early in the year with new repertory, which typically mixes familiar works with adventurous items. One of Hutton-DeWys’ specialties is French Impressionism; a few years ago she performed Ravel’s entire Miroirs, a suite of formidably difficult piano works. This time, her program includes the second series of Images (Pictures) by Debussy. A relative novelty is the set of four pieces by the American composer Roger Sessions, From My Diary, which is one of this composer’s more frequently heard works.

American pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys has long been earning praise and recognition for her performances of classical and modern music. In Musical America, Christian Carey wrote: “Hutton-DeWys did an admirable job creating legato lyricism in a solo line that resides amidst a tremendously active accompaniment. Her sensitive dynamic shadings and subtle use of rubato demonstrated an artist possessing a great deal of promise."

Hutton-DeWys has performed in some of classical music's best-known venues, including Weill and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall and the Salle Cortot at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. She has also recently appeared at Symphony Space, Bargemusic, Steinway Hall, the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Northeastern and Tufts Universities, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, home to radio station WNYC. In 2012, she was invited by Friends of the United Nations to perform at an International Day of Peace celebration in Linzhou, China. Her performance was covered by nationwide media outlets.

Hutton-DeWys has appeared as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leon Botstein and the Bard College Orchestra under James Bagwell and Nathan Madsen. She has won top prizes at a number of competitions, including Five Towns and Keys to the Future. She was a finalist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's controversial 2012 Concerto Competition, for which no winner was chosen. Hutton-DeWys was the Bronx borough champion in radio station WNYC's first "Battle of the Boroughs" competition, in which she appeared alongside jazz, rock, gospel, and hip-hop artists from every borough in New York City.


Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences specifically designed for bright, highly motivated students ready to begin college after the tenth or eleventh grade. Students are taught exclusively in small seminars by a supportive, highly-trained faculty. Degrees are granted in over 40 areas of study. Most graduates proceed to earn graduate and professional degrees at highly selective universities. Simon's Rock was founded in 1966 and joined the Bard College network in 1979. For more information visit