The program opens with Rebecca Clarke's 1921 "Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello." Striking for its passion and power, Clarke's music spans a range of 20th-century styles including Impressionism, post-Romantic, and neo-Classical.
From the modern Clarke, the program proceeds to selections from Henry Purcell's "Music for A While," with Vermont pianist Ms. Dedell accompanying Ms. Bates, whose singing has been acclaimed by London's The Independent for its unforgettable "passion and conviction." Ms. Dedell and Ms. Bates travel back to the 20th century with a trio of songs based on music from "Façade," Sir William Walton's modernist collaboration with the poet Edith Sitwell.
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, with a season-benefit pops concert featuring Audra McDonald on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25. Young Artist concerts are held at 7 p.m. on Mondays from July 8 through Aug. 12 at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts, also in Manchester.