MMF Announces Fall Schedule
Manchester Music Festival’s (MMF) 43th summer is in the books, but a lively slate of year-round activities kicks off right away. The fall schedule started September 12. The Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA), dedicated to the memory of internationally renowned cellist, Michael Rudiakov, is in its 15th year.
Rudiakov helped bring classical music to area children through youth concerts, in-school demonstrations and Music Discovery Week. Private instruction in violin, viola and cello is available for students ages six to 18 with faculty Joana Genova, violin; Vesela French, violin; Deanna Baasch, violin and viola; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; Jared Shapiro, cello. For children ages three and up, MRMA offers Suzuki method violin lessons with Andrew Snow and Francois Secordel. MRMA students will enjoy a busy year of lessons and recitals. As part of its school and community outreach program MMF will be offering free school-time concerts at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. The 45-minute concerts have proven to be big hits with area students. The Fall Recital will be held on Sunday, December 4, with the location to be announced.
November brings a return to chamber music at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert in Dorset on Sunday, November 27. MMF string quartet with guest artist Todd Palmer, clarinet, will present a concert in what is a long-standing Thanksgiving-time tradition in the Northshire. For the seventh time, MMF will close the year with a special celebration on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31, when the MMF string ensemble will return to the First Congregational Church to bring live music from a variety of genres to local audiences. There will be a 3:30 family concert and a longer program at 5 p.m., allowing plenty of time to celebrate.
Manchester Music Festival is a nonprofit corporation. For more information, visit mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956.