Manchester Music Festival closes out

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MANCHESTER — The Manchester Music Festival's 45th season at the Southern Vermont Arts Center will culminate with the performance of two masterworks by Bach and Brahms on Aug. 8 followed on Aug. 10 by the Festival's ever popular Orchestral Evening featuring Maestro Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.

The Thursday performance welcomes back four artists who are returning to the Festival via audience demand. They are violinist Axel Strauss, winner of the Naumburg International Violin Competition; violist Dimitri Murrath, Primrose International Viola Competition winner; cellist Edward Arron, co-artistic director of the Performing Artists in Residence Series at the Clark Art Institute; and pianist Jeewon Park, winner of Yale University's Horatio Parker Memorial Prize.

"The fifth and final concert in our Thursday night series pairs two iconic works: Bach's epic Goldberg Variations, arranged by Sitkovetsky for string trio, and the powerful Piano Quartet in G minor by Brahms," said MMF artistic director Adam Neiman. "The concert is also a thrilling pairing of time-honored compositions with extraordinarily talented artists."

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. at SVAC's Arkell Pavilion. Tickets are $31 for adults and can be purchased at www.mmfvt.org or by calling 802-362-1956.

MMF concludes its summer season with its annual Orchestral Evening at the Southern Vermont Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 10 when Ignat Solzhenitsyn returns to conduct the orchestra after an electrifying Festival debut in 2017.

"We bring the 2019 season to a close with the glorious Symphony No. 2 by Brahms, featured opposite two works for soloist and orchestra: The Lark Ascending for Violin & Orchestra by Vaughan Williams, and the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Rachmaninoff," Mr. Neiman said.

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The soloists are Mr. Neiman and violinist Emily Daggett Smith, Juilliard Concerto Competition winner.

Curtain is at 7:30 p.m at the Arkell Pavilion. Tickets are $45 for adults and can be purchased at www.mmfvt.org or by calling 802-362-1956.

Two additional events will take place over the Festival's final week of 2019.

A free, open rehearsal at the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion. From 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 8. MMF invites the community to observe the rehearsal process for Bach's Goldberg Variations in preparation for that evening's performance.

A unique Young Artists two-piano concert will be held at the Miller Home in Winhall on Friday afternoon, August 9. The program features pieces written for four hands and eight hands. The event begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments, followed by the concert at 5:45 p.m., and then a reception. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students, reception included. Reservations are required.

Additional information and tickets are available at www.mmfvt.org or by calling 802-362-1956.


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