For decades, musicians and audiences have been trying to determine what makes the concerts at Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival so special. A look at Marlboro Music’s second weekend of concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, gives us a clue. Twenty-three starry young artists will be sharing the discoveries they made over the last three or four weeks, together with icons like Artistic Director Mitsuko Uchida, members of such noted ensembles as the Guarneri, Juilliard, Johannes Quartets, the New York Woodwind Quintet and with the principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony.
Uchida, who will be heard in the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 in Saturday’s concert, first came to Marlboro as a young pianist in 1974. Also on the program is the Haydn Piano Trio in E flat major, Hob. XV: 29, and the Bartok String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7.
Elliott Carter’s “A Mirror on which to Dwell” for soprano and chamber orchestra, which will be heard on Sunday afternoon with the Beethoven Quintet in E flat, Op. 16 for piano and woodwinds and the Brahms String Sextet in G, Op. 36, is a cycle of songs based on the poems of Elizabeth Bishop. It will be performed by soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and an instrumental ensemble led by Charles Neidich.
For tickets or information, call 802-254-2394, or go online to www.marlboromusic.org.
Author Sarah Ward
At 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 26, Phoenix Books Rutland will welcome Sarah Ward for a book talk on her new young-adult novel, “Aesop Lake.”
One warm May night at the town reservoir, 17-year-old Leda Keogh sees her boyfriend do something awful. She wants to forget it ever happened, but David needs her to be his alibi — and is willing to destroy her family if she refuses. What does it mean to speak the truth when a lie protects the ones you love?
Ward writes young-adult fiction, poetry and journal articles in the field of child welfare. Over a 25-year career as a social worker, she has worked with young adults and families with harrowing backgrounds.
In her limited spare time, Ward enjoys a good book, a little yoga and a cup of tea in her home in Williston.
Admission is free; call 802-855-8078, or go online to visit www.phoenixbooks.biz. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St.
Killington Music Festival’s “Music in the Mountains” continues at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, with “Dancing Into the Quiet Night” at Killington Resort’s Ramshead Lodge.
The evening of dances and dance-like repertoire includes music by Corigliano, Shostakovich and Vaughan. Performing will be: Daniel Andai, Boris Abramov, and Huifang Chens, violin; John Vaida, viola; Theodore Buchholz, cello; Pascale Delache-Feldman, bass; and Yianni Iliadis and Alexandra Carlson, piano.
To purchase tickets, please call 800-621-6867. For information, call 802-773-4003, or go online to www.killingtonmusicfestival.org.
Annie and the Hedonists
Annie and the Hedonists will make their first visit to Fair Haven at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, for the Concerts in the Park series. This group advertises its style as acoustic blues, vintage jazz, swing and folk roots Americana. Annie Rosen takes lead vocal, with Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals. Peter Davis also on vocals, and plays the clarinet, piano and tenor guitar. Don Young is on bass and vocals.
There will be free ice cream cones. Concerts go on rain or shine. Rain location is the Congregational Church at the north end of the park. For more information, call the concert hotline, 802-265-3010, ext. 301.
As part of its dedication to bring the passion and joy of chamber music to the community, Manchester Music Festival presents concerts, recitals, and complimentary events each week from July 12 through Aug. 11. During the final week of July, MMF will present a jam-packed slate of performances, with nine events in just four days.
At Southern Vermont Arts Center, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, MMF presents works by Mozart, Theodore Dubois, and Sergei Tanayev. Pianist Vassily Primakov is joined by oboist Rita Mitsel, violinist Axel Strauss, violist Ara Gregorian, and cellist Alexis Gerlach. Tickets are $33, $15 for students.
Preceding the concert, don’t miss Strauss and Primakov performing Prokifiev’s Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80. Immediately following, join Artistic Director Adam Neiman at Yester House for a free pre-concert talk at 6:45.
MMF presents an afternoon vocal recital at 3 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Snopek-Telscher home on Stratton Mountain. This concert spotlights young musicians who have spent the week participating in MMF’s 2018 Vocal Workshop. Tickets are $25, $5 for students.
As part of MMF’s commitment to education and community outreach, the festival presents a pair of free master classes Saturday, July 28. Strauss and Primakov are the featured master teachers for the week, and their classes will take place at 11 a.m. (Strauss) and 1:30 p.m. (Primakov) at the First Congregational Church.
Also on Saturday afternoon, the community is invited to MMF’s annual Family Concert & Ice Cream Celebration, at the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr & Burton Academy. School-age children and their families are encouraged to attend this free interactive performance featuring percussionist Pius Cheung and select musicians from the 2018 MMF Young Artists Program.
To cap an epic musical Saturday, MMF presents “A Night at the Opera.” Soprano Elaine Alvarez, mezzo-soprano Renee Tatum, tenor Kang Wang, and baritone Sidney Outlaw will be joined by pianist Warren Jones in an accessible program of well-known arias and ensembles. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. at SVAC, and tickets are $40, $15 for students.
Conclude this rich musical weekend by joining the future stars of international chamber music in a concert by the 2018 MMF Young Artists, at SVAC at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 29. Tickets are $10.
For tickets or information, call 802-362-1956, or go online to www.mmfvt.org.
Author Maggie Kemp
Village Square Booksellers will present New Hampshire author Maggie Kemp at 1 p.m. Saturday July 28. She will read from her new children’s picture book “Sam, Fisherwoman: The Reel Story.”
Sam is one spirited little girl, convinced that she can do big things without anybody’s help, even her big brothers. Kemp came to New Hampshire in the 1990s to practice medicine. Today, she lives on a pond in Lempster, N.H., with her husband and their dogs.
For information, call 802-463-9404, or go online to www.villagesquarebooks.com. Village Square Booksellers is located at 32 Square.
Composer Steven Mackey
The fourth week of its 49th anniversary season of Yellow Barn Music Festivals brings composer and electric guitarist Steven Mackey back. Composer-in-residence, Mackey will spend a week working with Yellow Barn musicians on his compositions, performing in the Big Barn, and speaking to audiences about the works programmed for the week, including one conceived by Mackey and violinist Anthony Marwood and another created by Mackey with alumni percussionist Jason Treuting.
For schedule, tickets or information, call 802-387-6637, or go online to www.yellowbarn.org.
Blanche Moyse Chorale
The Blanche Moyse Chorale, a program of the Brattleboro Music Center, is now scheduling auditions for new members in all vocal sections.
The Chorale’s current project is a varied program of four J. S. Bach cantatas, Nos. 8, 14, 20 and 60, to be performed in early October. Auditions for this project will be scheduled within the last two weeks of July, during the Chorale’s summer break. Auditioners should be experienced in choral singing, capable of learning music independently, and comfortable singing in foreign languages.
Interested singers should call Calvin Farwell, 802-257-0496, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Mary Giammarino
DaVallia Art & Accents invites the public to a new fine art exhibition at its 39 North Gallery. “Sense of Light” features paintings by local artist Mary Giammarino July 19-Sept. 4.
This show will be the largest exhibition of Giammarino’s work ever shown in New England. As a plein-air painter, her devotion to light and color is evident in all of her paintings. While her work is influenced by the impressionist palette of the Cape School of Art, her work is less idealized and more contemporary by design. Giammarino’s paintings reflect her passion and devotion to capturing the drama of nature’s fleeting moods. Giammarino makes her home in Vermont, where she lives with her husband, sculptor John Cassin, whose artwork is also on exhibit at 39 North.
For information, call 802-875-8900, or email email@example.com. DaVallia-39 North Gallery is located at 39 North St. (Route 103).