MMF Presents Chamber Music with an Eastern Flair
Manchester Music Festival’s August 15 concert, Dvorˇák, Piazzola and a Balkan Bash, the sixth of its seven-concert Panoramas summer series, promises a lively evening of piano and strings with offerings from the 19th and 20th centuries. Joining the Vermont ensemble will be a highly acclaimed group of musicians: pianist Di Wu, violinist Stefan Milenkovich, cellist Caroline Stinson and Rocco Anthony Jerry, bayan.
Dance and Eastern European folk themes will dominate the evening’s performance, which opens with Dvorˇák’s sweeping Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 81. In the second half, Piazzola’s tango music will see Pancho Vladigerov’s emblematic Bulgarian Rhapsody “Vardar” hot on its heels, followed by a suite of Romanian Dances by Béla Bartók, Sarasate’s Navarra, and ending with Vittorio Monti’s lyrical and technically brilliant Czarsas. In a nutshell, the program is replete with ambitious and physically demanding music performed by a remarkable group of musicians with all the energy and mastery to keep concertgoers riveted throughout.
MMF summer concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday
evenings through August 22 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion in Manchester, with a season-benefit pops concert featuring Audra McDonald on August 25.
Manchester Music Festival is a year-round organization offering classical music performances and music education of the highest caliber. MMF hosts renowned musicians and provides a full-scholarship summer chamber music program for pre-professional performers. For more information on Manchester Music Festival’s summer season or year-round programs, or to purchase tickets, visit mmfvt.org or call 362-1956.