Listening to England

MANCHESTER - Manchester Music Festival's Aug. 8 concert, "English Landscape," the fifth of its seven-concert Panoramas summer series, will offer concertgoers an eclectic mix of instrumental and vocal music by British composers from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Joining the Vermont ensemble will be the pianists Adam Neiman and Susan Dedell, cellist Sophie Shao, violinist Stefan Milenkovich, and soprano Jennifer Bates.

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. Adam Neiman, hailed as one of the premiere pianists of his generation, and Sophie Shao, praised by The Strad magazine for "superior sense of style" join MMF violinist Joana Genova, lauded by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for her "finely executed play," in one of the best known pieces of Clarke's published canon.

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 "Fa├žade," Sir William Walton's modernist collaboration with the poet Edith Sitwell. The program returns to the English landscape of Sir Edward Elgar's panoramic Piano Quintet, Op. 84, with violinists Ms. Genova and the internationally renowned Mr. Milenkovich joined by MMF Artistic Director, violist Ariel Rudiakov, and cellist Ms. Shao.

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.


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