• KEYNOTE: Music at the Turning Point

    Ara Guzelimian, guest speaker.  The history of music has been marked by milestone works of electrifying innovation as composers from Monteverdi to Beethoven to Wagner have defied past traditions to create startling new creative paths. We explore how these musical starbursts...

    August 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
  • The Grosse Fuge

    The Grosse Fuge: Joyride in a Time Machine Led by Nicholas Kitchen with the Borromeo String Quartet  Listeners will be taken into the “gearbox” of the four sections that make up the Grosse Fugue before hearing a performance of the whole work  One of Beethoven&#...

    August 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
  • CONCERT: String Quartet Visionaries

    2:15 pm Pre-Concert 3:00 pm CONCERT: String Quartet Visionaries Haydn, the “father” of the string quartet, introduced the world to this potent combination of instruments. Beethoven subsequently revolutionized the sonic and expressive possibilities of the ensemble, and 10...

    August 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Tod Machover

    Tod Machover, composer Composer Tod Machover has been described as a “musical visionary” by the New York Times. He is a leader of the creative application of technology to music performance. In this fascinating lecture he will introduce us to his unique musical vision th...

    August 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
  • MASTERCLASS: Merz Trio

    MASTERCLASS Merz Trio with Soovin Kim The talented young Merz Trio works on the first two movements of this great Brahms piano trio with Festival violinist and co-artistic director Soovin Kim. This two-part series continues on Wednesday, August 21. Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 i...

    August 19, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

    BACH-IN-CHURCH Free recital featuring Soovin Kim and four singers. Bach, Sonata No. 3 for solo violin in C major Bach/Theone, Chaconne arranged for violin and four voices. Soovin Kim, violin Teresa Wakim, soprano Martin Near, alto Jason McStoots, tenor Paul Guttry, bass &nbs...

    August 20, 2019 @ 12:15 pm
  • INSIDE PITCH: Winds of Change

    David Ludwig’s Inside Pitch: Winds of Change Throughout the course of music history there have been “seed pieces”: works that break new ground and that have an impact on countless composers and their pieces to come after. Works like Mille Regretz, of Josquin, Orfeo...

    August 20, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

    Sounding Board Part 1 Resident Composer David Serkin Ludwig hosts this reading and discussion of pieces written for the 2019 Festival by our Young Composers Seminar participants. This interactive session gives audience members a glimpse of the process of bringing new chamber...

    August 20, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

    Merz Trio interactive concert for children: Scenes and Stories. Presented in collaboration with the Fletcher Free Library as part of their Universe of Stories summer reading program. Merz Trio Bridgette Coleridge, violin Julia Yang, cello Lee Dionne, piano

    August 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

    Gallery Talk 2019 Collaborating Artist Marilyn Gillis Thank you to this year’s collaborating artist Vermonter Marilyn Gillis for graciously sharing with us her work. Fault Lines 3, pictured here, inspires our posters, brochures, website, and program book through the 2019 s...

    August 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am
  • MASTERCLASS: Merz Trio

    MASTERCLASS Merz Trio with Sharon Robinson In part two of this series, the Merz Trio explores the remaining two movements of this great Brahms piano trio with Festival cellist and master chamber teacher Sharon Robinson. Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major

    August 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am
  • CONCERT: Ancient Voices

    7:30 pm CONCERT: Ancient Voices Hosted by David Serkin Ludwig Before the era of common practice, early composers wrote almost exclusively music with voice and often omitted instrumental notation in their scores altogether.  Composers like Machaut, Dufay, Josquin, Gesualdo, ...

    August 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
  • INSIDE PITCH: The Revolutionary

    David Ludwig’s Inside Pitch: The Revolutionary No individual composer did as much to change the direction of music history as Ludwig van Beethoven. As a composer he expanded the breadth and depth of composition on a scale never before imagined. As an artist he was the ...

    August 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am
  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Recital at All Souls

    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson, with Soovin Kim Beethoven, the ultimate groundbreaker, composed these delightful early string trios before mastering the string quartet. This hour-long program will be followed by a picnic lunch overlooking Lake Champlain o...

    August 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am

    Our three Young Composers Seminar Trio participants conduct a children’s workshop on creating music.  Presented in collaboration with the Fletcher Free Library as part of their Universe of Stories summer reading program.

    August 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
  • CONCERT: The General

    6:45 pm Pre-concert talk 7:30 pm CONCERT: The General Debussy’s new impressionistic sound paved the way for future composers to re-imagine tonal harmony. Among those composers is Iranian-American composer Richard Danielpour as evidenced by this performance of a major new L...

    August 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
  • RECITAL: Merz Trio

    Our resident ensemble caps its week with a performance of the Brahms piano trio. Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major Merz Trio Brigid Coleridge, violin Julia Yang, cello Lee Dionne, piano

    August 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

    Join us for two events for children and their families. First, an interactive concert: Scenes and Stories with the Merz Trio at 1:30pm. Followed by an Instrument Petting Zoo, on-loan from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Children can try out any and all instruments from strin...

    August 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm
  • CONCERT: The Color of the Machine Age

    2:15 pm Pre-Concert 3:00 pm CONCERT: The Color of the Machine Age The rapid technological inventions of the world are reflected in music composition experimentation. The expressive boundaries of rhythm, harmony, and instrumental color were exploited by composers such as Stra...

    August 25, 2019 @ 3:00 pm