MMF Features Music Superstars and Family Concert
The Manchester Music Festival (MMF) heads into its second week on Thursday, July 18, with performances by five internationally acclaimed musicians: violinist Jennifer Koh, named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year; violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Houston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, CityMusic Cleveland, New York Pops and Hawaii Pops; violist Toby Appel, winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; cellist Mark Kosower, principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra; and pianist Angela Cheng, prizewinner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. The program starting at 7:30 p.m. will feature two French masterpieces: ‘Les Folies d’ Espagne’ by Jean-Pierre Guignon and the famous Debussy String Quartet, followed by the Josef Suk Elegy and Dvorak’s ‘Dumky Trio.’ “This concert shines a light on two distinctive musical styles, those of French and Czech national identities,” said Adam Neiman, MMF artistic director. ”The French masterpieces were composed centuries apart, yet share characteristics of colorfulness, virtuosity, and emotional refinement. The second half of the concert features masterworks of unmistakably Bohemian flavor, characterized by emotionalism, sumptuous romanticism and deeply reflective melancholy. I am delighted by the superstar cast slated to perform these works, and I think this concert will endure as one of the true highlights of the festival.”
The concert will take place at Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion. Tickets are $31 for adults. The performance kicks off another exciting week of MMF events which includes the ever-popular Young Artists Concerts on Sunday afternoons at the Manchester Community Library and the free, community-favorite Family Concert and Ice Cream Social on Friday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m., also at the library. The Family Concert, an introduction to chamber music for school-age children, will guide young listeners on a storytelling adventure told through music. The hour-long performance will be followed by an ice cream social. Other featured events of the week include free masterclasses co-presented by Manchester Community Library, lectures, Saturday recitals, and opportunities to meet off-stage and up-close with this season’s featured artists. Information and tickets are available at mmfvt.org, or call 802-362-1956.