New England Summer Festivals

Made in Vermont

Monday, September 24, 2012
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The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival

Friday, August 24, 2012
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Classical New England's Cheryl Willoughby takes you to Vermont for a recently founded festival with concerts at a former military base.

The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival brings chamber music at the highest level to a beautiful part of the country. Founded four years ago by violinist Soovin Kim, LCCMF is one organization that has transformed a decommissioned military compound into a flourishing center for the arts.

The Elley Long Music Center, often used by the Vermont Youth Orchestra, recasts an enormous military barracks as a gorgeous concert hall. The space’s architecture translates beautifully into a resonant, open space, ideal for hearing a wide range of chamber music with a spacious sense of intimacy.

The festival's origins can be traced to Soovin Kim's experience growing up in upstate New York. Musical experiences of the highest caliber required hours of travel to major metropolitan areas like New York City andn Boston.

Ultimately, after studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, winning the Paganini International Competition, and establishing a robust concert and teaching career, Kim was inspired to bring great music to the area where he grew up.

During the course of one week, LCCMF offers a concert series of creatively mixed programming, placing works from the established chamber music cannon in context with music of our time. Two Festival Saturdays feature master classes, talks, and film screenings. Listening Clubs throughout the week connect audiences to music through a conversational model of performance. And a series of short, free concerts take the festival into the heart of Burlington.

The Bowdoin International Music Festival

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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Bennington Chamber Music Conference

Thursday, July 5, 2012
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Classical New England's weekly music festival travelogue heads to the southern Vermont, where amateur players join with professionals to create chamber music in the Green Mountains.

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

In picturesque southern Vermont, the Bennington Chamber Music Conference is a unique chamber music experience. With a focus on amateur and semi-professional musicians, the conference provides a rare and luxurious full-immersion experience for those whose vocations have taken them outside the musical arena. 

Faculty members from top ensembles like the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are on hand to facilitate new levels of expression and musicianship among the participants. The faculty also presents a concert series during the conference, which has twice won Adventurous Programming Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Jennings Hall at Bennington College

Jennings Music Building at Bennington College (photo by Claire Stefani, courtesy of Bennington Chamber Music Conference)

New music is integrated into the conference through the Composers’ Forum, with composers-in-residence and, for each week of the conference, a Composition Fellow. Not only are works by all of the composers integrated into concert programs, there are also new works written during the conference, connecting the chamber music cannon to music of our time. The 2011 conference featured roundtable discussion with Music Director Phillip Bush and Senior Composer-in-Residence Donald Crockett, available as downloadable podcasts.

The home of the conference, Bennington College, is in the Green Mountains of Vermont, with a multitude of options for recreation, dining, and lodging, as well as reasonable distances from other attractions likeTanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, MASS MoCA, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Chamber Music in Newburyport

Friday, June 15, 2012
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This Weekend: Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
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