MANCHESTER - In a long-standing tradition, musicians from the Manchester Music Festival (MMF) will devote a week in April to educational outreach in local schools and a free concert at the Mark Skinner Library. Violinists Joana Genova and Hea ther Braun, violist Ariel Ru di akov and cellist Benjamin Capps, joined by renowned percussionist Matthew Gold, will present "Rhythms of the World" with engaging, unusual works by Ravel, Goleminov, Reich, Negron, Lobi and Cage as well as compositions by local students participating in MMF's "Dare to Compose!" project.
From left, Joana Genova, Heather Braun, Ariel Rudiakov and Benjamin Caps perform during the MMF’s tour of schools last year -- here they performed
From left, Joana Genova, Heather Braun, Ariel Rudiakov and Benjamin Caps perform during the MMF's tour of schools last year -- here they performed for an audience of students at Fisher Elementary School in Arlington. (Courtesy Photo)
The young composers include Ramsay Eyre, Danielle Hazelton, Emily Shaw and Meira Levin from Burr and Burton Academy; Isaiah Bar nard, Collin Campagne, Spencer Kristiansen, Angelia Powers, Walk er May, Katrina Czar, Garrett Hastings, Zhangyi Ye from Long Trail School; Hailey Davis from Arlington Memorial High School; Eva Morin from Maple Street School and Katianna Nardone from Mt. Anthony High School.

The week kicks off with rehearsals on March 30 and March 31, giving the student composers a chance to hear their pieces played live, work with the MMF musicians and make any last minute changes. Beginning April 1, the MMF quintet will perform 10 concerts at 8 different schools (Burr and Burton Academy, Met ta wee Community School, Flood Brook Union School, Fisher Elementary, The Dorset School, Long Trail School, Maple Street School and Sunderland Elementary).


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On Saturday, April 5 at 4 p. m., the MMF group will present a free community concert at the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester, followed by a reception where the audience can meet the musicians and the young composers, and enjoy some refreshments.

Based in Manchester, Joana Genova is an active concert violinist, Education Director of the MMF and Artist Associate at Wil liams College. Heather Braun, former MMF Young Artist, lives in Boston and is a member of the up-and-coming Arneis String Quartet. Violist Ariel Rudiakov is the Artistic Director of the Manchester Music Festival and conducts the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, while maintaining his career as a chamber and orchestra musician.

Benjamin Capps is based in New York City and is very busy touring as a solo and chamber musician. Special guest Matthew Gold is an Artist Associate at Williams College, where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble and co-directs I/O New Music. He performs frequently with the Mark Morris Dance Group and the New York City Ballet, and serves as an artist-faculty member for the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College.

For more information on Manchester Music Festival's concerts and programs, or to purchase tickets, visit www.mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956.