Experiments In Chamber Music At Vermont's Yellow Barn

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This week on Classical New England's music festival travelogue, we take you to secluded Putney, Vermont, for a helping of programs at the prestigious Yellow Barn, a cooperative institute for chamber musicians.


Putney, VTThe Yellow Barn festival is really a seven-week summer season, which, for 2012, runs from June 17 to August 4. This reputed destination for chamber music aficionados, started in 1969, primarily exists as a place for seasoned musicians to expand their skills and for conservatory students to learn from the masters. But fortunately for the public, this process involves a varietty of performances.


Every summer, musicians descend on this small southern Vermont location for a host of programs: they work with local schools, participate in masterclasses, and offer interactive presentations to the community.

And, yes, performances are held in a barn, among other locations around Putney. There have been more than one of these barns over the years, but the present "Big Barn" is a warm and intimate environment for a concert.

There is a huge selection of these concerts in store for the rest of the season, featuring student performers and seasoned veterans. There's something available nearly every day of the week.

If you're interested in more than a day trip, Yellow Barn can recommend inns, bed-and-breakfasts and hotels in Putney and other nearby towns like Brattleboro.

While you're there, you can hike Putney Mountain — where you can also watch for hawks — or even venture into the sprawling Green Mountain National Forest, which is about an hour's drive away, depending on your destination.

Here's a slideshow from our own trip to Putney, as well as some photos from the Yellow Barn's history.



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