MMF Summer Concerts Begin

MMF Summer Concerts Begin

MMF Summer Concerts Begin

Vassily Primakov will perform Chopin and Milhaud in a July 9 concert.

Vassily Primakov will perform Chopin and Milhaud in a July 9 concert.

MMF’s seven-concert summer series begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, in the Arkell Pavilion at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, with internationally-known musicians Vassily Primakov on piano, Sophie Shao on cello and Alexey Gorokholinsky on clarinet. They will perform ‘Chopin and the French Connection,’ a concert of works by Darius Milhaud, Frederic Chopin and Gabriel Faure.
Primakov was named Young Artist of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation. His disc of 21 Mazurkas by Chopin was designated a Best of the Year by National Public Radio. He is a MMF faculty member this season.
MMF faculty member Sophie Shao has won top prizes in the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky cello competitions. She is in great demand as a chamber musician, has collaborated with members of the Beaux Arts Trio, the Guarneri, Juilliard and other noted string quartets, and is a regular guest at Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society.
Alexey Gorokholinsky is a prize-winning clarinetist who has performed frequently at Carnegie Hall. His Youtube videos, viewed by thousands, display his astonishing technique. He also composes, focusing on works that combine classical and electronic instrumentation.
Faculty member Joana Genova on violin will join Primakov and Gorokholinsky for Milhaud’s ‘Suite’ for violin, clarinet and piano, which presents themes drawn from jazz, Latin and Baroque influences. Chopin’s ‘Fantasie in F Minor,’ the centerpiece of the concert, is regarded as one of the pinnacles of the composer’s art. Gabriel Faure’s ‘Quartet’ for piano and strings in C minor has opulence and restrained elements of sadness. Performing will be Genova, Rudiakov, Shao and Primakov.
“MMF is delighted to present its 41st season to Manchester audiences,” said Rudiakov. “Throughout our summer concert series, we will perform works that are familiar to many concert goers, as well as pieces that may slightly push the envelope of classical music lovers.” Tickets are available by calling the Manchester Music Festival at 802-362-1965 or visit mmfvt.org.

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