Contemplating Music and Nature
Composers have been influenced and inspired by nature for centuries. The Manchester Music Festival string quartet will explore musical images of rising sun, moon light, birds singing and island landscapes by Haydn, Vivaldi, Debussy, Bloch and Dinicu. Each spring MMF musicians visit local schools to play for children to create an atmosphere promoting conversation and imagination while demonstrating their instruments and presenting classical composers. During the week of April 4, violinists Joana Genova and Heather Braun, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and cellist Liam Veuve will perform in Manchester, Dorset, Bennington, Danby, Winhall and Jamaica schools. Students from BBA, Long Trai and Maple Street Schools in the ‘Dare to Compose!’ project will have a chance to work closely with the quartet and hear their pieces performed live.
There are also two free concerts for the public; 4 p.m. on Friday, April 8, at Manchester Community Library, and 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, at the Grafton Public Library. For details, visit mmfvt.org
The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA) will present its Spring recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. Violin, viola and cello students of Deanna Baasch, Vesela French, Joana Genova, Ariel Rudiakov and Jared Shapiro and the Suzuki violin students of Elizabeth Kilpatrick will showcase what they have learned. Their ages and levels vary from four-year-olds who are just learning how to hold the instrument to high-school seniors giving their farewell performance before going to college.
MMF offers classical music concerts and education with renowned musicians. Its Michael Rudiakov Music Academy provides children with private lessons in violin, viola and cello, and a youth string ensemble. Visit mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956.