Meadowmount, Music Mountain and the New York Philharmonic

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One of the great things about summer for young musicians is the opportunity to leave home and spend the summer at a music camp. For string players, Meadowmount School of Music is one of the more respected ones.

This week on the Summer Concert Showcase, host Bill McGlaughlin takes us to that school in upstate New York, as well as the Music Mountain chamber music festival in Falls Village, Conn. We wrap up by spotlighting a festival close to home: the New York Philharmonic’s annual Fourth of July concert at Avery Fisher Hall.

Event details:

Meadowmount School of Music
Westport, NY (June 29-Aug. 8)


In 1971, a young cellist named Yo-Yo Ma left New York City to spend his summer at the Meadowmount School of Music. He had some reservations – he’d never been away from home before and there was an intense practice regiment that seemed daunting. He got over it fast. Each summer, 200 students between the ages of 9 and 30 attend Meadowmount to learn the lessons and values that Ma, and numerous others, did. You can hear the current students, faculty and alumni in concerts throughout the summer beginning June 29.


Music Mountain
Falls Village, Conn. (June 17-Sept. 9)


Music Mountain claims to be America’s oldest continuing chamber music festival and throughout the summer it offers 16 chamber music concerts. On July 1, the St. Petersburg String Quartet performs an all-Schubert program, including his famous Rosamunde Quartet. the St. Petersburg String Quartet will also be joined by flutist Robert Stallman. Together they’ll perform Stallman’s arrangement of Schubert’s memorable A Major Piano Sonata for flute and string quartet.


New York Philharmonic
New York City, N.Y. (July 4)


Not too much has changed since the very first Independence Day celebrations of 1776: concerts, bonfires and parades were and still are part of the celebration. If you and your friends and family are looking for one more way to celebrate Independence Day, the New York Philharmonic performs its annual Fourth of July concert at Avery Fisher Hall. The program features works by Bernstein, Gershwin and Sousa. Afterwards, just step outside to the Lincoln Center courtyard and catch the fireworks lighting up the sky.


Music heard on this week's program:

Meadowmount School of Music
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
RCA 63665

Eugene Ysaye: Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 27, No. 2: Malinconia: Poco lento
Shengnan Li, violin

Music Mountain
Franz Schubert: Sonatina in G Minor, D. 408 (arr. Robert Stallman)
Robert Stallman, flute; Erika Nickrenz, piano
ASV 742

New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
CBS/Sony 88697


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