PUTNEY >> Yellow Barn's Young Artists Program comes to a close this Thursday and Friday with two public performances including repertoire for strings, clarinet, and piano that ranges from Beethoven, Schubert, and Dvořák to premiere performances of works composed during the program.
All YAP musicians are between the ages of 13 and 20, including the six composers who currently are writing new pieces in collaboration with their performer colleagues. These extraordinary composers and performers come to Putney after participating in an extensive audition process conducted by Artistic Director Seth Knopp, which includes eight cities across the United States, plus London, Berlin, and Vienna. They arrived just two weeks ago, and have already performed two concerts—one in the Big Barn and the other on Yellow Barn Music Haul in Newfane. This week their intensive program concludes with two final concerts in the Big Barn.
Thursday's program, which is 90 minutes long without an intermission, includes performances of movements from Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 74 "Harp", Faure's Piano Quartet in G Minor, Dvořák Piano Quintet, and Schubert's Piano Trio in E-flat Major. On Friday, the musicians will perform more movements from these well-known works alongside premiere performances of the young composers' pieces.
Tickets are $10 ($9 seniors, $5 students) and can be purchased in advance atyellowbarn.org or by calling the box office at 802-387-6637. The Big Barn, which is air conditioned and handicapped accessible, is located in between the Putney Co-op and the Putney Public Library just off of Exit 4 on I-91.
Yellow Barn's main festival season begins next Friday, July 8, in the Big Barn. For complete program information and to order tickets online, visit yellowbarn.org.