Scrag Mountain Music is Back
Central Vermont – Scrag Mountain Music unveils its 2013-2014 concert lineup including upcoming concerts October 11-13 in Northfield, Warren, and Randolph. Scrag Mountain Music presents innovative, interactive, and affordable performances of world-class chamber music in central Vermont. Throughout this season, Scrag Mountain Music will feature the music of composerin residence Lembit Beecher, culminating in the world premiere May, 2014.
“Over the course of Lembit’s residency this season,” says artistic director/soprano Mary Bonhag, “we hope that Vermonters can get to know Lembit: his heritage, his influences, his musicianship, and his compositional style. The residency is a special opportunity for Vermonters to deepen their understanding of how music is created.” Please visit www.scragmountainmusic.org to read more about this innovative residency.
The series opens October 11-13 when New York City’s Aizuri String Quartet and pianist/composer Lembit Beecher will join artistic directors Mary Bonhag, soprano, and Evan Premo, double bass. These concerts celebrate Mr. Beecher’s Estonian heritage and Estonia’s linguistic connections to Hungary.
Featured works on these opening concerts include Lembit’s string quartet These Memories May Be True, Béla Bartók’s String Quartet no. 1, and folksongs arranged by Zoltán Kodály and Veljo Tormis. Also on the program are new arrangements of Estonian folksongs collected by Mr. Beecher’s grandfather in the early 1900’s. Admission is by free will donation: “Come as you are. Pay what you can.”
In addition to the weekend of concerts, the Warren Public Library hosts a Very Open Rehearsal and community potluck on Tuesday October 8, 6pm. This is a free event and all are invited to welcome our guest musicians to Vermont. Get a unique perspective on the way music is interpreted and rehearsed and take part in the process by asking questions and providing feedback.
Friday, October 11 - 7pm Green Mountain Girls Farm 923 Loop Road, Northfield, VT
Prior to the concert, there will be a farm supper. This entirely local, cozy, seasonal meal will be available at the farmstand from 5-6:30pm. $20 adults/$5 kids 12 and under.
Saturday, October 12 - 7pm Warren United Church Warren, VT Reception to follow Sunday, October 13 - 7pm First Light Studios 34A Pleasant St. Randolph, VT
OTHER UPCOMING CONCERTS:
Mark your calendars for the rest of our Scrag Mountain Music Series. On December 6 and 7, 2013 Artistic Director Mary Bonhag curates a voice recital entitled Mothers, Childbirth, and Children to benefit the Vermont Midwives Association. Ms. Bonhag will be joined by Mary Jane Austin of Montpelier on the piano and double bassist Evan Premo.
On December 27, 2013 Spruce Peak Performing Arts in Stowe, VT presents Scrag Mountain Music featuring musical guests Clockwise, repeating our program from May 2013. Please note this is a ticketed event. Visit www.sprucepeakarts.org for more details.
Join Scrag Mountain Music Valentine’s Day weekend, for The Most Beautiful Waltz, February 14-16, 2014. The program includes quirky dances and dance-inspired music by Lembit Beecher and Judd Greenstein as well as at least one love story. New York City musicians bassoonist Brad Balliet, violist Nathan Schram, and clarinetist Nick Gallas will be featured.
On May 30-June 1, 2014 the season will culminate with the world premiere of a new piece of vocal chamber music written by Composer-in-Residence Lembit Beecher for Scrag Mountain Music. Also on the program is Schubert’s magnificent “Trout” Quintet. The program will feature New York City based string players Owen Dalby, violin, Meena Bhasin, viola, and Karen Ouzounian, cello as well as Philladelphia based award winning pianist Gregory Deturk.