Taconic Music presents summer concerts and master classes

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MANCHESTER — Taconic Music's third summer music festival, a monthlong affair, begins on Monday.

The season is comprised of four festival concerts, featuring Taconic Music faculty and guest artists, as well as two NextGen concerts by string and piano students from Taconic's Chamber Music Intensive. All the performances will take place at Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts.

A benefit concert at Dionondehowa Wildlife Preserve and School in Shushan, N.Y., will round out the festival, which closes on July 14.

"This third summer season offers composers from Brahms to Bernstein and Foss to Faure, with ensembles ranging in size from duo to chamber orchestra with conductor," said Ariel Rudiakov, who is co-artistic director of Taconic Music along with Joana Genova.

"We encourage anyone and everyone who likes music to experience the professionalism and skill of terrific players from across the U.S. and around the world," Rudiakov said in a release.

The festival concerts will be held 4 p.m. every Sunday between June 23 and July 14.

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Among this year's acclaimed guest artists and ensembles are The Indianapolis Quartet, Van Cliburn prize-winning pianist Davide Cabassi, guitarist Nemanja Ostojic, violist Basil Vendryes and clarinetist Paul Green.

NextGen concerts will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, June 29 and July 13, showcasing string quartets and piano quintets. The performers, members of the Chamber Music Intensive who are 20 to 28 years old, include music majors from conservatory programs across the country.

They will arrive in town next week to begin their rehearsals and coaching sessions. A visiting artist will work with the students in front of an audience, offering insights on interpretation and style.

Two master classes with world-renowned violinists will be held in Manchester homes, and the events are open to the public. The classes, scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, and Tuesday, July 9, will enable audiences to experience first-hand how chamber music is refined.

Open dress rehearsals at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, between June 22 and July 13, offer a behind-the-scenes look at the music-making process.

For more information on Taconic Music's summer chamber music festival or to purchase tickets, visit taconicmusic.org.


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