Classical in the Mountains: The Manchester Music Festival

Saturday, February 18, 2012
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Classical New England's weekly music festival travelogue takes you to the Green Mountains of Vermont for the Manchester Music Festival.

To hear the program, click on "Listen" above.

The Manchester Music Festival encompasses more than the word "festival" usually implies. With year-round programs of both concerts and education, the organization is an integral part of the cultural life of Vemont.

Founded by Carol Glen and Eugene List in 1974 as the summer-only Southern Vermont Arts Center Music Festival, Michael Rudiakov assumed leadership of the festival in the 1980's, following the passing of the founders. Rudiakov transformed the festival, expanding both its educational scope and its calendar of activities.

In 2000, Michael Rudiakov passed away, and his son Ariel Rudiakov, a violist and conductor, took on the role of Artistic Director. Ariel Rudiakov's wife, violinist Joana Genova, is now the organization's Education Director.

The headquarters of the festival are in Festival House, the former Village Schoolhouse, which provides room for offices, rehearsals, meetings, and gatherings.

Festival House, the former Village Schoolhouse, now the headquarters for MMF
For information about travelling to Manchester for the concerts and activities of MMF, the State of Vermont maintains an excellent tourism web site. Manchester is located within Green Mountain National Forest, which has abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation, even as recovery from Hurricane Irene in 2011 continues.

Additional attractions include Shaftsbury Alpacas, Bennington College, and, just across the Massachusetts border, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a.k.a. MASS MoCA.


Early Music in the Berkshires

Saturday, January 7, 2012
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Classical New England's weekly music festival travelogue heads to the Berkshires, where the Aston Magna Festival performs each summer. One of the pioneering festivals of early music, Aston Magna also performs in Waltham and the Hudson River Valley.

To hear the program, click on "Listen" above, and see a slideshow from festival performances below.

The 2012 Aston Magna Music Festival is the 40th anniversary season of the festival.

Celebretory concerts to commemorate four decades of Aston Magna begin on Jun 8, 2012, at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and continue the next evening at Ozawa Hall on the Tanglewood campus in Lenox, Mass.

Concerts continue through early July in Waltham, Great Barrington, Mass., and Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Highlights this year include madrigals by Monteverdi, a concert devoted to J.S. Bach's music and pieces inspired by Bach, clarinet music by Mozart, and a Violin Extravaganza.

With four different locations for 2012, Aston Magna offers several options to experience early music. 

To hear performances at Brandeis University, Waltham offers many lodging and dining options, and well as easy access by car or public transportation.

Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon's Rock (image courtesy of Aston Magna Festival)

For performances in Lenox and Great Barrington, a wealth of options are available in the Berkshires.

For information about visiting Annandale-on-Hudson, visit Bard College.

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