Classical music concert set for Thanksgiving in Dorset

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DORSET >> Composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Sergei Rachmaninov, Luigi Boccherini and Steven Dankner will visit Dorset on Saturday, Nov. 28 for Manchester Music Festival's annual post-Thanksgiving Day concert at the Dorset Church.

"This year's musical menu is widely diverse and aims to bring something for everyone," said Ariel Rudiakov, MMF's artistic director. "The lovely acoustics of the church make chamber music truly sing."

The concert will begin with Haydn's "Lark" string quartet, which gets its name from a series of fanciful birdcall imitations. "Audiences will discover Haydn's wit, elegance and complete mastery of the quartet form with this piece," said Rudiakov.

Contemporary composer Steven Dankner, who lives in nearby Williamstown, has a Doctorate from the Juilliard School. He has composed for symphony orchestras, chamber groups and solo musicians the world over. Dankner's composition style has a romantic sensibility infused with a touch of modernism. His 18th string quartet has a cinematic and often dance-like flair.

As a young man, Sergei Rachmaninov wrote two string quartets. The two surviving movements of Quartet #1, which he did not finish, clearly show the great musical instincts of the future post-Romantic era icon.

The final piece on the Thanksgiving program is Luigi Boccherini's "Fandango" quintet, which features flamenco guitar and castanets. "Boccherini was a contemporary of Haydn," said Mr. Rudiakov, "and like his colleague, he often displayed a musical sense of humor." Guitarist Brett Grigsby joins the MMF Quartet in this performance.

The concert starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $8 for students. MMF Quartet members are Deborah Buck and Joana Genova, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; and Benjamin Capps, cello. Tickets are available at 802-362-1956, Northshire Bookstore, or at www.mmfvt.org.


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