Manchester Music Festival presents busy second week


MANCHESTER — The Manchester Music Festival heads into its second week of events on Thursday night July 18 with performances by five internationally acclaimed musicians, all of whom come to MMF for their first appearance with the festival.

Onstage will be violinist Jennifer Koh, named Musical America's 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year; violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti, guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Houston, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, CityMusic Cleveland, New York Pops, and Hawaii Pops; violist Toby Appel, winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; cellist Mark Kosower, principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra; and pianist Angela Cheng, prizewinner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

On the program are two French masterpieces: "Les Folies d'Espagne" by Jean-Pierre Guignon, and the famous Debussy String Quartet, followed by the Josef Suk Elegy and Dvo k's "Dumky" Trio.

"This concert shines a light on two distinctive musical styles, those of French and Czech national identities," said Adam Neiman, MMF's artistic director. "The French masterpieces were composed centuries apart, yet share characteristics of colorfulness, virtuosity, and emotional refinement."

"The second half of the concert features masterworks of unmistakably Bohemian flavor, characterized by emotionalism, sumptuous romanticism, and deeply reflective melancholy. I am delighted by the superstar cast slated to perform these works, and I think this concert will endure as one of the true highlights of the festival."

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The concert will take place Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion. Tickets are $31 for adults.

The performance kicks off another exciting week of MMF events that includes the ever-popular Young Artists Concerts on Sunday afternoons at the Manchester Community Library and the free, community-favorite Family Concert & Ice Cream Social on Friday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m., also at the library.

The Family Concert, an introduction to chamber music for school-age children, will guide young listeners on a storytelling adventure told through music. The hour-long performance will be followed by an ice cream social.

Other featured events of the week include free masterclasses co-presented by Manchester Community Library, lectures, Saturday recitals, and opportunities to meet off-stage and up-close with this season's featured artists.

Information and tickets to all Manchester Music Festival 2019 events are available at and by calling the festival office at 802-362-1956.


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