While it may feel like summer is quickly slipping away, there is still plenty of time to enjoy everything that summer has to offer, including concerts.
This week on the Summer Concert Showcase, host Bill McGlaughlin previews the Bard Music Festival and the Skaneateles Festival. Then we hear music from one of McGlaughlin’s favorite places – Marlboro Music.
Bard Music Festival
Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. (Aug. 10-12, Aug. 17-19)
If you’re looking for something a little more involved and thorough than your typical classical music concert this summer, try the Bard Music Festival at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. When you go, make sure you get there early to check out the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts building designed by architect Frank Gehry. What makes the Bard Music Festival stand out is its deep focus on a single composer. This year the festival has chosen composer Camille Saint-Saens and in addition to concerts, the festival offers panel discussions pre-concert talks and other special events.
Skaneateles, N.Y. (Aug. 8-Sept. 1)
Just southwest of Syracuse, at the northern tip of Skaneateles Lake is the town of Skaneateles, which for the past 33 years has been home to the Skaneateles Festival. It began as a local festival that featured local residents of Skaneateles, but has since turned into a stage for world class musicians. There are two main venues for Skaneateles Festival concerts: the Skaneateles First Presbyterian Church and Brook Farm, which was the residence of two of the festival’s founders, Louise and David Robinson.
Marlboro, Vt. (Through Aug. 12)
Marlboro Music is located about 160 miles north of New York City on the campus of Marlboro College in the southeast corner of Vermont. When you drive onto campus you’ll see a sign that reads, “Musicians at play” and that’s when you know you’ve arrived. It’s so remote that you’re lucky to get a cell phone signal on campus. So at Marlboro, the musicians really can get away from it all, slow down and take a deep dive in to a wide range of chamber music all for the sake of learning and growing. Marlboro Music offers concerts throughout the summer on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Music heard on this week's program:
Bard Music Festival
Camille Saint-Saens: Africa, Fantaisie pour Piano et Orchestre, Op. 89
Lucille Chung, piano
Carl Fruhling: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 40
Alan Kay, clarinet; David Ying, cello; Elinor Freer, piano
Igor Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks Concerto in E-flat
Musicians from Marlboro
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