2021 Festival Calendar

Striking A Chord

Online

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Music But Were Afraid to Ask: Class 2, with David Serkin Ludwig. Following up on melody comes a discussion of harmony, from the first music to have more than one part to the rich chords found in late 19th century Romantic music. How [...]

$15

Fascinating Rhythm

Online

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Music But Were Afraid to Ask: Class 3, with David Serkin Ludwig. What is rhythm, anyway? Meter? We will explore how time and space are divided up in the narrative canvas of music, looking at meter, pulse, beat, and tempo. Participants will learn [...]

$15

Form

Online

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Music But Were Afraid to Ask: Class 4, with David Serkin Ludwig. The series concludes with an examination of musical form – from analysis of small phrase structures, to the form of individual movements, to the largest structures of entire works. We conclude [...]

$15

Inside Pitch 1: Burn and Rave at Close of Day: Schubert’s Final Year

Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester, VT

With David Ludwig, resident composer

Available to watch live at Elley-Long or on-demand through streaming any time after the in-person premiere. All Inside Pitch events are included with the purchase of a Grand Festival Pass.

Individual tickets to Inside Pitch discussions are $15 per single event or $50 for an access pass to all four, available here!

$15

Inside Pitch 2: Robert and Clara Schumann: the Spring of Hope and Winter of Despair

All Souls Interfaith Gathering 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne, VT, VT

With David Ludwig, resident composer

Available to watch live at All Souls Interfaith Gathering or on-demand through streaming any time after the in-person premiere. All Inside Pitch events are included with the purchase of a Grand Festival Pass.

Individual tickets to Inside Pitch discussions are $15 per single event or $50 for an access pass to all four, available here!

$15

Inside Pitch 3: The Making of A Song by Mahler

Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester, VT

With Doug Fitch, director/designer, A Song by Mahler
and Soovin Kim, LCCMF artistic director

Available to watch live at Elley-Long or on-demand through streaming any time after the in-person premiere. All Inside Pitch events are included with the purchase of a Grand Festival Pass.

Individual tickets to Inside Pitch discussions are $15 per single event or $50 for an access pass to all four, available here!

$15

Inside Pitch 4: Representation in Programming Matters!

Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester, VT

With Michelle Cann, pianist

Available to watch live at Elley-Long or on-demand through streaming any time after the in-person premiere. All Inside Pitch events are included with the purchase of a Grand Festival Pass.

Individual tickets to Inside Pitch discussions are $15 per single event or $50 for an access pass to all four, available here!

$15

Inside Pitch: Folk Nationalism With David Serkin Ludwig

All Souls Interfaith Gathering 291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne, VT, VT

We live in an era of identity, where background and personal experiences shape the work, practice, and professional associations of all, but particularly those in the arts. Though an ubiquitous issue to some observers today, for composers the question of identity has always manifested in their work as an expression of racial ethnicity, geographic or national culture, and other personally defining aspects of their lives. We will explore the works of two such examples in the work of British/Sierra Leonian composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Czech composer Antonín Dvorák. Both composers drew heavily from their own backgrounds and experiences to compose music that was uniquely their own, raising issues of genre and appropriation that are still relevant today.

This event is included with purchase of a Grand Festival Pass! A Day Pass for Tuesday, August 23 is available here.

$25

Inside Pitch: The Soldier’s Tale, A Time of Crisis With David Serkin Ludwig

Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester, VT

The time in Europe just following the First World War was a period of great rearrangement of society and a renegotiation of relationship with authority. As composing for orchestras became impractical due to the economic disasters of the war, Stravinsky wrote L’Histoire du soldat, a cross-disciplinary work that used a mixed chamber ensemble and narrator. His plans for a European tour were curtailed by the Spanish Flu of 1918, but the piece remains an ever popular one, and an example of a composer responding to the challenges of his time with a highly flexible and entertaining work. This Inside Pitch will explore the many facets of The Soldier’s Tale, from the history of its composition and first performance, to its folktale text and decidedly international musical forms.

This event is included with purchase of a Grand Festival Pass! A Day Pass for Wednesday, August 24 is available here.

$25

Inside Pitch: The Soldier’s Tale, part II, The Master Renegade With David Serkin Ludwig

Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College 223 Ethan Allen Avenue, Colchester, VT

Just as Stravinsky wrote L’Histoire du soldat in response to the rebuilding world of a shattered Europe, composers through the ages have created music in reaction to challenging times. In this session we will explore music written under the pressures of “force majeure“, from Dufay’s compositions written during the Black Plague, to Messiaen’s composing as a prisoner-of-war, to composers today responding to the difficulties COVID. In each instance, music has acted to express the spirit of the times, shaped by a concern for the present and profound hope for the future.

This event is included with purchase of a Grand Festival Pass! A Day Pass for Thursday, August 25 is available here.

$25
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