World-class chamber music is once again coming to Vermont, with concerts taking place in Montpelier, Burlington, and Greensboro from September to May.
The season opens with a new miniseries of consecutive Friday noon “Meditation concerts” on September 6, 13, and 20 in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont State House. The concerts give listeners a respite from their workday through 30-minute meditations to live music. The performers will be Jennifer Hoult, harpist (September 6); Karen Kevra, flutist (September 13); and Emily Taubl, cellist (September 20).
On the heels of last season’s extraordinarily successful Magnificatperformance, the music of J.S. Bach returns with a performance of “Sleepers Awake!” (“Wachet Auf ”), the most beloved of Bach’s cantatas. World-class singer soloists, a chorus, and a professional orchestra composed of Vermont musicians and players from the New York City Ballet and Opera orchestras and Mostly Mozart will be directed by Richard Riley. Violinist Laurie Smukler will be the soloist in Bach’s resplendent “Violin Concerto in A minor.”
Washington, D.C., pianist Jeffrey Chappell returns for a unique concert to perform Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” on January 18 and 19. For this multimedia concert, students from Main Street Middle School will create original artwork based on the 10 descriptive movements of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece to be projected above the stage in sync with the music. Flutist Karen Kevra will join Chappell in works by Charles Koechlin, featuring images from retired National Geographic photographer James Blair’s collection.
The legendary Paris Piano Trio returns on March 8 for the first time in nearly a decade for what will likely be their last U.S. tour. The three extraordinary musicians, who met as students at the Paris Conservatory, went on to become distinguished faculty there. It is expected that this concert will sell out quickly.
A doubleheader weekend of concerts is scheduled for April 25 and 26, with two different concerts showcasing a dozen
favorite performers including cellist Edward Arron and pianists Jeffrey Chappell, Paul Orgel, and Jeewon Park to perform best loved works from the first 20 years: Schubert’s two-cello “String Quintet in C major,” Barber’s “Piano Sonata,” Brahms’ “Piano Quintet in F minor,” and much more. Birthday cake to follow!
May 15–17 brings a collaboration with Scrag Mountain Music to venues in Burlington, Montpelier, and Greensboro. The words of Vermont poet David Budbill will be celebrated in a concert featuring Vermont and New York City musicians and composers.