Manchester Music Festival begins 42nd season July 7

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MANCHESTER >> Manchester Music Festival's lively summer classical music season starts at Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavillion on July 7 with a concert featuring works by Brahms, Turina, Duke Ellington, and more.

Pianist Adam Neiman and soprano Danielle Talamantes are the featured artists for the evening.

Neiman's concert debut at age 11 "left listeners shaking their heads in disbelief," according to Clavier Magazine. He has won countless awards and prizes in national and international competitions. In addition to his rigorous performance schedule, Mr. Neiman composes; his solo work, "Etude Caprice," is on the program for the July 7 concert.

Danielle Talamantes is an international recitalist and opera star who has sung with the Metropolitan Opera since 2011. Her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 was a huge success, as was her recital at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2013. She was a featured guest soloist at the 2014 Marlboro Music Festival. Ms. Talamantes embraces more than classical music. Her second album, "Heaven and Earth, a Duke Ellington Song Book," is a collection of jazz standards, some of which she will sing at the Thursday concert.

"This summer we will present familiar music and perhaps works that our audiences have never heard," said Ariel Rudiakov, MMF's artistic director. "The Brahms trio probably falls into the first category, along with Duke Ellington's 'Prelude to a Kiss,' 'Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me,' and 'I'm Beginning to See the Light.' Osvaldo Golijov's "Lua Descolorida" (colorless moon) is perhaps in the second. It's an intimate, dreamlike and tender setting of poetic art."

Similarly, Joachim Turina's "Tres Arias" may not be familiar to all. Settings of 19th century poetry, these dramatic arias are in dramatic colors, with passionate intensity.

Joana Genova, violin, and Yehuda Hanani, cello, will join Adam Neiman in the Brahms Trio for piano and strings in B Major. Ms. Talamantes will be accompanied by Neiman in "Tres Arias" and the Duke Ellington selections. "Lua Descolorida" will be performed by Talamantes, Austin Hartman and Ms. Genova, violins; Mr. Rudiakov, viola; and Mr. Hanani, cello.

"MMF's 42nd season will be like a dinner with many courses," said Mr. Rudiakov. "There will be chamber music as well as jazz, orchestral works, a bit of klezmer, choral music and our annual evening of opera. And we're scheduling a special Pops concert on August 6. There should be something for everyone. And new this year are two Saturday night concerts as part of Stratton's 'Back to the Base' summer series: Led Zeppelin tribute band Out on the Tiles with MMF electric strings on July 30th, and symphonic pops on August 6."

Tickets for the July 7 concert are $52 ($18 for students) and are available online at www.mmfvt.org, by phone at 802-362-1956, or at the Southern Vermont Arts Center box office.


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