Manchester Music Festival Announces an Impressive New Season of Classical Concerts
The Green Mountains will come alive with glorious classical music when the Manchester Music Festival raises the curtain on its highly-anticipated 44th season at the Southern Vermont Arts Center this July. Artistic director Adam Neiman expressed his enthusiasm for what he called a summer of world-class music. “I am so looking forward to it,” he said. “We have booked the greatest musicians in the world to headline every concert. The music will be sumptuous, lush, powerful, deeply moving and exhilarating.”
The headliners will include such virtuoso favorites as violinist Stefan Milenkovich, pianist Vassily Primakov and violist Ara Gregorian. On the MMF stage for the first time will be the Escher String Quartet, season artists with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Maestro Michael Stern (son of Isaac Stern) as the conductor for the Orchestral Evening, flutist Helen Tara O’Connor and violinist Jennifer Frautschi, a two-time Grammy Award nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient.
The season kicks off on Thursday, July 12, with a presentation of works by composers Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, and one by Neiman. On stage with Neiman will be Milenkovich, cellist Amit Peled and clarinetist Vadim Lando.
The five-week concert series runs through August 11 and is packed with an extraordinary schedule of events that includes five Thursday night concerts, two Saturday night concerts, four Sunday afternoon Young Artists concerts, an afternoon Family Concert that stars an exciting marimba player, an operatic young artists recital on Stratton Mountain, free pre-concert programs and masterclasses.
The two Saturday night concerts are on July 28 and August 11. Both are perennial, sold-out favorites. The first, ‘A Night at the Opera,’ welcomes four singers from the Metropolitan Opera alongside famed pianist and coach Warren Jones; the second is the ever-popular Orchestral Evening performance – the MMF season finale – with Maestro Stern and featured soloist cellist Bion Tsang, who will perform Tchaikovsky’s ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme’ for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33. Tsang was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010, won an Avery Fisher Career Grant to support his career, and also won a Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Curtain for the Thursday and Saturday evening performances is 7:30 p.m.. The Thursday night pre-concert programs begin at 4:30 p.m. for the recital portion and 6:45 for the talk; the public is welcome to attend both free of charge. The Young Artists concerts are at 2 p.m., featuring first-class young musicians from conservatories around the world who are awarded summer scholarships to study and perform chamber music in Manchester. Tickets range from $33 to $45 plus tax. Tickets for the Young Artists concerts are $10 plus tax. For more information on the more than 30 presentations from MMF this summer, visit mmfvt.org. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 802-362-1956.