Violinist Jennifer Frautschi and pianist John Blacklow will perform music of Schumann, Brahms and a world premiere by composer Barbara White, on March 12 at 7:45pm at Wellesley College’s Houghton Chapel.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient violinist Jennifer Frautschi has gained acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire.  Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in 2001.  That same year, Ms. Frautschi also made debuts that year at ten of Europe’s most celebrated concert venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Mozarteum, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and La Cite de la Musique in Paris.  Ms. Frautschi attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann.  She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the “ex-Cadiz” on generous loan to her from a private American foundation.  Jennifer’s recording of the Schoenberg Quartet with the Fred Sherry Quartet was nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY in the category of “Best Chamber Music Performance.”

Hailed for his “powerful andeloquent” playing (New York Times), as “a brilliant performer – a gifted musical presence with a high sense of pianistic fantasy” (Salzburger Nachrichten), John Blacklow is a pianist of unusual versatility.  As a soloist, Blacklow has been presented at Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics.  A Steinway Artist, Blacklow was born in Boston and studied piano with Tatiana Yampolsky, graduating from both Harvard University and The Juilliard School.

Barbara White is a professor at Princeton University, and has a forthcoming CD release on Albany records titled “My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon,” featuring John and Jennifer in two works: “Five Elements” (for Piano Quintet), and “The Wound and the Eye” (for solo piano).  The new work she has written for Frautschi and Blacklow is called “Before I was released I was in many things.”  For more information about Barbara White, visit


Orchestrated by the Department of Music, the Concert Series at Wellesley College brings a diverse array of world-class performers to campus, complementing the department’s academic offerings and augmenting the cultural life of the College and surrounding community.
For more information about the Concert Series at Wellesley College, call Jennifer Ritvo Hughes, director of publicity and coordination for the arts, at 781-283-2028 or visit the Music Department website at  Concerts are free and open to the public. 

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