Chamber Music

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.

Classical New England Podcasts

Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Classical New England's podcasts keep you connected with the sounds and voices of classical music no matter where you are. Download them one by one, or subscribe to enable automatic delivery to your computer.


Classical Performance Podcast

One of the first podcasts to offer complete performances of classical music, host Alan McLellan brings you a weekly download of music as it happened in our own studios. Most often, you'll hear recent performances from Drive Time Live, with occasional forays into the archive of stellar performances from WGBH's Studio One.
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Inner Voice

Violist Masumi Per Rostad, a member of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, takes you behind the scenes in conversations with fellow musicians and insiders from the world of classical music. Masumi's casual delivery, experiences at the pinnacle of chamber music performance, and extensive musical knowledge come together with fascinating guests for conversations you'll look forward to each month.
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The piano is at the core of host Cathy Fuller's musical passion and expertise, and this monthly podcast will bring you some of the most amazing piano performances, both from our Fraser Performance Studio and from concerts around New England. Conversations with the great pianists of today will set the music in a unique context that gives you all the art and personality 88 keys and a pile of wood can generate!
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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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A Visit to the "Gem of the Catskills"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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