PUTNEY >> For the 47th year in Putney, Yellow Barn is gathering an international community of musicians to exchange ideas, inspire each other, and experiment with a wide range of repertoire. In 1969, Cellist David Wells, then chair of the Chamber Music Department at the Manhattan School of Music, founded Yellow Barn with his wife, pianist Janet Wells at their home in Putney. Mr. Wells' small summer chamber music workshop has risen to become an internationally respected training institute for young professional musicians. In 1998, following the Wells' retirement, current Artistic Director Seth Knopp joined Yellow Barn and has continued the development of Yellow Barn's international reputation by gathering world-renown faculty and guest artist groups. For eight weeks, musicians will share their musical exploration in a series of public performances at the Big Barn.
Opening on July 8 and coming to a close on Aug. 6, this year's festival includes Charles Ives' first violin sonata, Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee (Snow), Stefano Gervasoni's Luce ignota della sera, and Bach's complete cantata "Ich geh und suche Verlangen."
Since the 1970s, composers of all nationalities have enriched Yellow Barn's summer season with their music, the work they do with musicians, and interactions with audiences.
This August Yellow Barn welcomes renowned Italian composer Stefano Gervasoni for a weeklong residency, including multiple performances of his music, and the annual Composer Portrait, an evening of music and conversation with Yellow Barn musicians on Aug. 2 at 8 p.m.
Preceding the main season is the Young Artists Program for outstanding composers and performers ages 13 to 20, with four concerts in June that include classical repertoire and world premiere performances of works created during the program, including a performance of seven works composed for Yellow Barn Music Haul, Yellow Barn's traveling stage on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Four Columns Inn.
Yellow Barn Music Haul will be exploring local areas this summer, bringing news of our upcoming concerts and playing music, both live and recorded, at farmer's markets, street fairs, and other outdoor events.
Each summer, the festival welcomes visitors on campus for a meal and open rehearsals during its annual Open House on July 16 at 12:30 p.m., and invites families of all ages to enjoy Yellow Barn's annual Children's Concert on July 20 at 5 p.m.
A complete list of festival participants and faculty is available on the Yellow Barn website,yellowbarn.org. Tickets range from $10 to $28, and are available online or at the box office at 802-387-6637. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for guaranteed admission. Senior and student discounts apply.