PUTNEY -- This Saturday, Yellow Barn recognizes Putney’s Eric Bass, founder and artistic director of Sandglass Theater, with a concert at 8 p.m., in his honor.
Since 1982, Sandglass Theater has created productions combining puppets with music, actors and visual imagery. Through extraordinary performances that often call attention to societal problems, like the current D-Generation project, Sandglass has been critical to reviving and redefining Putney as a cultural center.
Bass’ personal contributions to Putney reach far beyond Sandglass, and include cultivating early support for the reconstruction of Putney’s General Store and taking a leadership role in the creation of Next Stage. Yellow Barn is proud to recognize Bass as this year’s Scholarship Benefit Honoree, a tradition reaching back to the early years of the festival that has honored both friends of Yellow Barn and members of the greater community. All proceeds from the concert will create a scholarship in Eric Bass’s name for a Yellow Barn participant in 2013.
Focusing on the role of theater in music, Saturday night’s concert includes Sciarrino’s "Infinito
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Bass will join Yellow Barn musicians in the Putney Public Library for a discussion of the compositions of Salvatore Sciarrino, which often blur the lines of distinction between music and theater. The discussion will examine the balance between transparency of the interpreter and the role of recreating another’s work in performance.
Saturday also brings Yellow Barn’s annual Open House, which includes lunch and open rehearsals on campus at the Greenwood School. Lunch is $10 and the rehearsals are free. Reservations are recommended.
Also this week, Yellow Barn presents concerts on Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. On Thursday, Yellow Barn will host a concert with works by Haas, Furrer, Mozart, and Schubert, and on Friday, the concert will feature works by Schumann, Widmann, Schoenberg and Mantovani.
On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., longtime Yellow Barn faculty member and founding violinist of the Cleveland String Quartet Donald Weilerstein will conduct his annual master class.
Yellow Barn’s core program, its five-week intensive summer chamber music program for outstanding students and young professionals runs through Aug. 4. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Seth Knopp, 36 participants come to Putney from around across the United States and Europe to explore chamber music repertoire ranging from he Baroque period to the 21st century with an internationally renowned faculty on Yellow Barn’s campus at the Greenwood School.
For more information about the 2012 summer festival performances, visit www.yellowbarn.org.