Taconic Music returns
Taconic Music artistic directors Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova present Taconic 2.0, Taconic’s second annual summer music festival, June 22–July 15.
The season encompasses four festival concerts featuring faculty and guest artists, and two NextGen concerts performed by string and piano students from Taconic’s Chamber Music Intensive (CMI), all taking place at Burr and Burton’s Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester Village. Weekly master classes with world-renowned musicians will be held at Zion Episcopal Church and the Manchester Community Library. A special benefit concert at Dionondehowa Wildlife Preserve and School in Shushan, N.Y. rounds out the festival.
Rudiakov said, “This second summer season offers composers from Mozart to John Harbison and ensembles ranging in size from piano trio to chamber orchestra with conductor. We encourage anyone and everyone who likes music to experience the professionalism and skill of fine players in a most welcoming and friendly atmosphere.”
Festival concerts are at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 23, 30, July 7 and 14. This year, acclaimed guest ensembles include the Shanghai Quartet, Enso String Quartet, Horszowski Trio, and The Indianapolis Quartet.
NextGen concerts are at 4 p,m. Sundays, July 1 and 15, and showcase string quartets and piano quintets. The CMI musicians, aged 20–28, include music majors from conservatory programs across the country. Friday afternoon master classes, 2 to 4 p.m. June 22, 29, July 6 and 13, allow the audience to experience firsthand how chamber music is refined and brought to a whole new level.
For tickets and information, go online to www.taconicmusic.org.
“Fireman2,” an exhibit by sculptors Glenn Campbell & Mark Burnett, will be presented at the The Bank Gallery, 104 Merchants Row, June 16-Aug. 18. A public opening reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16.
This exhibition is a collection of sculptures that spans the creative output of both artists. Burnett mainly works in realistic figures and forms, while Campbell has a range from realistic to abstract and even surreal pieces. They use a variety of materials from plaster, marble, wood, glass, bronze and steel.
Campbell owns and runs Campbell Plaster and Iron Foundry in West Rutland, where he casts everything from monumental bronzes to the smallest of pieces while creating his own work. Burnett lives and works as a full-time firefighter, and teaches part-time as a sculptor instructor at Gardner Community College. He began traveling to West Rutland as he tapped into the resources of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.
Hours are: noon to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; call 802-282-2396, or go online to www.castleton.edu/arts/art-galleries/.
Yellow Barn opens
This June, Yellow Barn Music Festival audiences have a chance to hear four special pre-season concerts in the Big Barn.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, the New York-based JACK Quartet, “superheroes of the new music world” (Boston Globe), will perform a special concert of works by Ferneyhough, Lim, Carter, Feldman and Williams. The quartet (Christopher Otto, Austin Wulliman, violins; John Pickford Richards, viola; and Yellow Barn alumnus Jay Campbell, cello) has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad. According to the Washington Post, JACK is “the go-to quartet for contemporary music, tying impeccable musicianship to intellectual ferocity and a take-no-prisoners sense of commitment.”
June also brings four performances by musicians in Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program. This year 27 outstanding young instrumentalists (strings, winds, piano and percussion) and seven composers will travel to Putney from across the United States and abroad to spend three weeks exploring treasured works from the chamber music canon, as well as new works composed during the program. Their concert series begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17, with seven world-premiere performances of works by Young Artists Program (YAP) composers presented by their performer colleagues.
At 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, YAP participants will perform a free concert for the community, including works by Andersson, Burtner, Crumb, Debussy, Korngold, Messiaen and Shostakovich. Two additional performances conclude the month: at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, featuring seven additional new works by YAP composers alongside works by Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Cage, Mendelssohn and Schubert.
Tickets for the JACK Quartet are $20, $17 for seniors, $10 for students; for other concerts, $10, $9 for seniors, $5 for students; call 802-387-6637, or go online to www.yellowbarn.org.
Renee Dion Trio
Renee Dion’s sound has evolved. From her days as a child building tents in her closet, writing poems by flashlight — which later became songs — to a soulful sound that could be heard on music blogs across the web, on albums by alternative soul icons, and in clubs and festivals from her hometown in Columbus, Ohio, to New York City.
Her music has recently taken one more step in its evolution. What has emerged from a recent musical hiatus is a contemporary R&B/jazz album called “Haven.” This album breaks free of Dion’s normal setting of an external producer-directed album that has allowed her to find her soul trappings and play in an uncharted space musically. Dion performs with her trio at Brandon Music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23.
Kara Lamb, at Revive-music.com, said Dion, “scores the bittersweet moment of life and love” on “Haven.” “She delivers a beautiful mosaic made of the most complex and varied parts of love.”
Tickets are $20 (dinner and show, $45; reservations are required); call 802-247-4295, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road.
Pops for pop
Father’s Day takes on a decidedly musical bent this year, as the Windham Orchestra presents “Pops for Pops,” a family friendly music fair, 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 17.
All are welcome to the event at the Brattleboro Music Center, which will include a range of special events and refreshments. One highlight will be a 5 p.m. concert featuring the Windham Orchestra accompanied by BMC student violinists ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens.
An instrument “petting zoo” will introduce visitors young and old to various musical instruments; a performance by three trumpeters of Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday” will get toes tapping; and a Dixieland band will keep the atmosphere festive. An auction will also offer the chance to guest-conduct the orchestra and compete for a non-singing role in the orchestra’s fall performance of Puccini’s “Turandot.”
For information, go online to bmcvt.org.
Castleton University will present Extra Stout, as part of the 23rd annual Castleton Summer Concerts at the Pavilion, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Castleton Pavilion.
A traditional Irish band, Extra Stout is a six-member group based in the Green Mountain’s own Rutland County. Known for raucous songs and rebel tunes, they also incorporate ballads of home and country with their traditional jigs and polkas. All six members offer their range of vocals to help capture the rich history of Ireland through song and the skillful playing of a range of Celtic instruments.
Admission is free; for information, go online to www.castleton.edu/summerconcerts.
Artist Steve Gerberich
Steve Gerberich, tinkerer extraordinaire behind the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s (BMAC) current exhibition titled “Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys,” will give a free hands-on guided tour of his work at the museum at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17.
Early on in his career, Gerberich created window displays for storefronts in Soho, and he soon became interested in incorporating mechanical systems that would give his work movement. What followed was a prolific career in which Gerberich has become well-known for creating sculptures fashioned from a wide array of recycled and repurposed materials. Gerberich has exhibited his work in such diverse venues as Grand Central Station, the Berkshire Museum, and Science World in Vancouver, B.C., among many others.
For more information, call 802-257-0124, or go online to www.brattleboromuseum.org.
ARTS PREVIEW: June 14-20, 2018