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Metropolitan Opera Star John Cheek to Perform at Simon’s Rock

November 15, 2011

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock 

Featuring Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die Winterreise” (Winter’s Journey)

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the South Berkshire Concert series present the celebrated Metropolitan Opera Bass-baritone, John Cheek and pianist Larry Wallach in an entire performance of Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Die Winterreise” (Winter’s Journey). The concert will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. in the Kellogg Music Center. This concert is open to the public and no reservations are necessary. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, call 413-528-7212.

Bass-baritone John Cheek has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera in over 360 performances. His roles have included Count Rostov in "War and Peace" and The Speaker in "Die Zauberflöte." He has performed with all the major orchestras in North America. In Europe he has sung with the Paris Opera, L’Orchestre de Paris, Opera de Nice, Bregenzer Festspiel, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, and the Finnish National Opera, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Saltzburg Festival, the Bachakademie of Stuttgart, the London Promenade Concerts, the BBC Symphony, and the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic. Recent operatic roles include King Mark in "Tristan und Isolde" with the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee and Mephistopheles in Berlioz’s "La Damnation de Faust" with the National Orchestra of Taiwan.

Larry Wallach is a pianist/harpsichordist, composer, and music historian who holds the Livingston Hall Chair in Music at Simon’s Rock. He earned a PhD in musicology from Columbia University, where he wrote a dissertation about Charles Ives. As a pianist he performs a wide range of repertory. He has performed with violinists Nancy Bracken (of the Boston Symphony), Paul Woodiel, Simon’s Rock senior Marcy Goode, alumna Emily Kalish, and Ronald Gorevic. He also performs frequently with his wife, cellist Anne Legêne, and has appeared with the Simon’s Rock Piano Quartet, guitarist John Myers, the Avanti Wind Quintet, and others. Dr. Wallach directs the South Berkshire Concert series, which has brought extraordinary musical experiences to the community for over thirty years.

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in the early college movement for more than 40 years and continues to distinguish itself as the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. At Simon’s Rock, students experience a transformative education in the liberal arts and sciences in the company of smart, independent, creative peers who share their excitement about learning and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (AA) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree after four.