MMF presents Mozart, Prokofieff, Night at the Opera

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MANCHESTER — The Manchester Music Festival moves into the third week of its summer concert series with two major musical events at the Southern Vermont Arts Center: a Thursday night chamber music concert that features award-winning artists and gold medal winners, followed on Saturday night by the ever-popular "A Night at the Opera" led by Warren Jones, one of the world's most sought-after collaborative pianists.

"These are some of the finest musicians and artists in the music world today," said Artistic Director Adam Neiman. "We are delighted to have them here in Manchester."

They will perform works by composers Mozart, Prokofieff, Jacob and Elgar.

Appearing onstage Thursday night, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. will be violinist Elmar Oliveira, gold medal winner of Moscow's Tchaikovsky International Competition; violist Ara Gregorian, founder and artistic director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival; cellist Peter Stumpf, former principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; violinist Hye-Jin Kim, First Prize Winner at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition; and returning to MMF after a very popular debut in 2018, is two-time Grammy Award nominee flutist Tara Helen O'Connor.

"A Night at the Opera" will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. Artists from some of the world's most prestigious stages will perform operatic favorites led by master pianist and host Warren Jones. This year's program includes song selections from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Samson et Dalila, Louise, Tannhaeuser, Madama Butterfly, and more.

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Jones will be joined by soprano Mathlida Edge, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Felty, tenor Jonathan Johnson, and baritone Jes s Suaste. Tickets for the Thursday, July 25 concert are $31 for adults. Saturday's "A Night at the Opera" tickets are $40. Tickets are available at www.mmfvt.org or by calling 802-362-1956.

Other MMF events this week include a special vocal workshop recital on Stratton Mountain at 3 p.m., Friday, at the Telscher-Snopek home and complimentary masterclasses and a recital Saturday, July 27, at the Manchester Community Library.

The vocal workshop recital features a talented group of international young artists who have studied with faculty operatic singers in a week-long intensive vocal workshop here in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Tickets are $25 for adults and include a reception. The masterclasses will take place at 11 a.m. with cellist Peter Stumpf and at 1:30 p.m. with violinist Elmar Oliveira. The recital will take place at 4:30 p.m. with violinist Hye-Jin Kim and pianist Adam Neiman.

These events are free and open to the public.

The Young Artists Concert series continues at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 28, at the Manchester Community Library.

This week's concert features works by Borodin, Smetana, Schubert and Brahms. Tickets are $10. Additional information is available at www.mmfvt.org or by calling the festival office at 802-362-1956.


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