MANCHESTER — Taconic Music is opening its fifth annual summer music festival on Monday, as it welcomes students and instructors who will perform chamber music in free concerts and classes throughout June and July.
Artistic Directors Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova will present four faculty concerts featuring Taconic faculty and guest artists, two NextGen concerts performed by string and piano students from Taconic’s Chamber Music Intensive, and two master classes. All performances will be held at Burr and Burton’s Riley Center for the Arts, on Seminary Avenue in Manchester Village. The Chamber Music Intensive musicians include music majors and alumni from conservatories and universities across the country, who will arrive in Manchester next week to begin their rehearsals and coachings. A special benefit concert at Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School in Shushan, N.Y., featuring the Chamber Music Intensive students, rounds out the festival.
“This fifth summer season will feature programs filled with time-tested repertoire alongside some newer or lesser-known gems, which we think our audiences will enjoy listening to as much as we enjoy performing them,” Rudiakov and Genova said in a release.
“We are so thrilled to be welcoming our colleagues, students, and the public back for a full festival season, and grateful to our donors, sponsors, and advertisers, whose generosity has allowed us to offer this summer’s concerts and masterclasses free of charge.”
Faculty concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on four successive Saturdays, June 19 and 26, and July 3 and 10. This year, in addition to Taconic’s returning faculty — Heather Braun, Danwen Jiang, and Joana Genova, violins; Ariel Rudiakov and Amadi Azikiwe, violas; Tom Landschoot, cello; and pianists Drew Petersen, Jon Klibonoff, and Davide Cabassi — noted cellist Hannah Holman joins the roster to teach and perform. Guest artists Kyle Hoyt (French horn), Todd Palmer (clarinet), and Steven Moran (double bass) will appear in Taconic’s June 19 concert, where Rudiakov will open the season by conducting the chamber orchestra in Dag Wirén’s Serenade for Strings. Moran will return for an additional guest appearance later in the season. Saturday morning open dress rehearsals, at 10:30 a.m. on concert dates, offer a behind-the-scenes look at the music-making process. NextGen concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 28 and Monday, July 12, featuring chamber music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Fauré and Schumann. Masterclasses, also on Mondays at 7, take place on alternate weeks. Master violinists and pedagogues Danwen Jiang (June 21) and Deborah Buck (July 5) will lead the sessions, helping the students to prepare for their upcoming performances and giving the audience a peek at how the interpretation is discussed and refined. All concerts and masterclasses will be free to the public; however, seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Masks are required for all attendees. Faculty and NextGen concerts will also be livestreamed free, and available on Taconic’s YouTube channel.
For more information on Taconic Music’s summer chamber music festival and to reserve tickets, visit taconicmusic.org.