Arts & Entertainment
Manchester Music Festival Orchestra Returns
One of the most awaited concerts of the season will take place on Thursday, August 11, when the Manchester Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Ariel Rudiakov returns to the stage for the sixth concert in MMF’s 2016 concert series. The evening, titled ‘Voices Together: An Orchestral Experience,’ will feature works by Mozart, Barber and Beethoven, with a special appearance by the Manchester Community Chorus directed by Linda Hueckel. The featured soloist is virtuoso violinist Stefan Milenkovich who will perform Samuel Barber’s ‘Violin Concerto 1938,’ a composition noted for its complexity, drama and haunting melodies. The chorus will perform ‘Sancta Maria Dei K,’ written by Mozart at the age of 21, and ‘Ave Verum Corpus K,’ a composition that was written at the end of his life. The evening will conclude with an orchestral performance of Beethoven’s ‘Symphony Number 4 in B-Flat Major, Opus 60.’ Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. at the Southern Vermont Art Center’s Arkell Pavilion in Manchester. Tickets are $52 for adults and $18 for students; they may be purchased at mmfvt.com or by calling 802-362-2956.
Meetinghouse Café to Present Berkshire Duo
Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith, a duo from the Berkshires with a harmonious blend of voices, will be at the Meetinghouse Café, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street, Bennington, on Friday, August 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Their ethereal sound and soulful songs create what they call ‘lyrical and inspirational meditations,’ expressing themes of love, creativity, mystery and natural beauty.
Music from Salem Chamber Music Summer Series to Conclude
Music from Salem’s Summer chamber music concert series concludes at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, with ‘The Great Arch of Unimagined Bridges’ at Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main Street, Cambridge, N.Y. The suggested ticket price is $25, but Music from Salem (MfS) welcomes all under its ‘pay what you can’ policy. Tickets are available at the door only. For information or reservations contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-232-2347. In this final concert of their 30th summer season, Music from Salem welcomes violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv (soon to be heard as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Istanbul State Orchestra), who will be joined in Prokofiev’s ‘Sonata for Two Violins’ by Katie Lansdale of the Lionsgate Trio. The program also features Dvorak’s ‘Cypresses’ for string quartet (tender and poignant miniatures after a set of poems about unrequited love), Schubert’s single movement gem of a string trio, and Glazunov’s expansive string quintet that includes two cellos. Other artists include cellist Jeremy Harman, who has an equally strong background in jazz, songwriting and improvisation, cellist Jackie Ludwig, and MfS founder/director/violist Lila Brown. For more information on MfS, visit musicfromsalem.org.