PUTNEY - This week brings another first for Yellow Barn: the Chinese pipa. The pipa is an ancient lute-like instrument that frequently appears in new compositions influenced by ancient and cross-cultural art forms. Gao Hong joins Composer in Residence Lei Liang, a Chinese-American composer currently teaching at UC-San Diego, for performances and discussions scheduled through Aug. 2.
On Saturday Gao Hong and Lei Liang will lead a pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m. at the Putney Public Library. From ancient folk music to contemporary works receiving first performances at Yellow Barn, they will discuss how their work has been shaped by their own cultural heritage and influenced by that of the West. The concert that night includes two works for pipa, alongside Schumann's Piano Trio in F Major and Mendelssohn's Viola Quintet in A Major.
Earlier in the week, baritone William Sharp returns to Yellow Barn and on Friday performs selections from two Bach cantatas. In addition, Friday's program includes works by Boulez and Hersant, and Beethoven's Op. 127 String Quartet.
Also back in Putney is percussionist Eduardo Leandro, who will perform a work for "hand gestures synchronized to prerecorded sound" on Thursday for a special concert honoring the Friends of Yellow Barn that includes Beethoven's Piano Trio in C Minor and Dvorak's Piano Quartet in D Major.
Elsewhere on Yellow Barn's non-stop schedule are a masterclass with cellist Laurence Lesser on Saturday at 10:30 a.
All performances take place in the Big Barn and begin at 8pm. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 802-387-6637. Program details and general information is available online at www.yellowbarn, and on Facebook at www.facebook. com/YellowBarn.