Thursday June 13, 2013

GRAFTON -- Seth Knopp, artistic director of Putney’s Yellow Barn Music School and Festival and critically acclaimed pianist will speak at an "Open Ears" evening on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. The event, presented by the Grafton Music Festival, includes discussion and demonstration of contemporary classical music in the intimate setting of the Grafton Inn’s Cricketers Room.

In addition to serving as artistic director for the Yellow Barn, Knopp also serves as artistic director of the Soundings: New Music at the Nasher, a concert series at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. He is a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Peabody Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Peabody Institute, where he serves as a member of the piano and chamber music faculties. As a member of the Knopp-Melançon Duo, he was a winner of the USIA Artistic Ambassador Competition, which resulted in tours throughout Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, and Japan. Knopp has recorded on the CRI, Analekta, New World Records and Artek labels.

The Grafton Inn’s Cricketers room, located on Townshend Road (across from the Grafton Inn) will be home to this intimate event, which is free and open to the public. Space is limited; call 802-843-2447 to reserve.

Established in 2009, the Grafton Music Festival annually presents three days of concerts around the Fourth of July holiday (July 3-6 this year), special performances throughout the year and the new "Open Ears" music lecture series. For information, visit www.GraftonMusicFestival.com.