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PUTNEY >> Yellow Barn's 47th summer season continues with a full weekend of events at the Big Barn, plus its annual free concert for the community on Tuesday.

On Thursday the Yellow Barn musicians return to the Big Barn with a diverse program, presented in recognition of Yellow Barn's business partners. The concert begins with an arrangement of Leos Janácek's First String Quartet. Otherwise known as "Kreutzer Sonata", the work is inspired by Leo Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata, which in turn owes its inspiration from Beethoven's Ninth Violin Sonata, dedicated to French violinist Rodolphe Kreutzer.

After intermission comes "Garden of Joy and Sorrow", a one-movement piece for harp, flute, and viola (with viola faculty member Roger Tapping). Heavily inspired by literature, Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina writes, "Such phrases in Iv Oganov—"the ordeal of a flower's pain," "...the peal of the singing garden grew ," "...the revelation of the rose ," "...the lotus was set aflame by music," "...the white garden began to ring again with the diamond borders " – impelled me to a concrete aural perception of this garden." The night concludes with Bedrich Smetana's First String Quartet, entitled "From My Life". Written in 1876, the piece is an autobiographical "tone picture" of the composer's life.


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The weekend continues with a concert on Friday, that includes Shostakovich's ninth String Quartet, a virtuosic duo for cello and piano by British phenom Thomas Adès, Philippe Hersant's Six Bagatelles for viola, clarinet, and piano, and finally, Dvořák's celebrated string quintet (with violin faculty member Donald Weilerstein). The second of four BMC Nights at Yellow Barn, BMC members receive half-price tickets for this concert.

On SaturdayYellow Barn's third week concludes with a concert that places Schumann's G Minor piano trio on the same program as a set of songs by Charles Ives, with baritone William Sharp. At 7 p.m, just before the Saturday concert, there will be a pre-concert discussion at the Putney Public Library. Mr. Sharp leads this discussion of Ives Songs and introduces those he has chosen for the evening's performance.

Saturday's offerings also include the affecting "Naturale" by Luciano Berio, for viola, percussion, and Sicilian voice, Hungarian composer György Kurtág's hommage to Schumann, and Beat Furrer's "Aer" (with faculty clarinetist Alan Kay).

Yellow Barn's annual free concert takes place on Tuesday. On this night Yellow Barn says thank you to its friends, neighbors, and partners with a program that includes Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor, a solo percussion piece performed by Eduardo Leandro, and Susan Botti's "Bird Songs", written for and performed by soprano Lucy Shelton, who joins the Yellow Barn faculty for the first time this year. While this program is free and open to the public, advance reservations are encouraged.

All events are at 8 p.m. in the Big Barn. Complete program information and musician biographies are available on the Yellow Barn website,yellowbarn.org. Tickets range from $10 to $25, and are available online at yellowbarn.org or at the box office at 802-387-6637. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for guaranteed admission. Senior and student discounts apply.

Schedule:

Thursday, July 21:

Yellow Barn Concert ($18, $16 seniors, $5 students)

Works by Janáček, MacMillan, Gubaidulina, and Smetana

With faculty members Roger Tapping and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein

Friday, July 22:

Yellow Barn Concert ($25, $22 seniors, $5 students)

Works by Adès, Shostakovich, Hersant, and Dvořák

With faculty members Maria Lambros, Donald Weilerstein, and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein

Saturday, July 23:

Pre-Concert Discussion at the Putney Public Library at 7pm (Free)

Yellow Barn Concert ($25, $22 seniors, $5 students)

Works by Furrer, Schumann, Kurtág, Berio, and Ives ($25, $22 seniors, $5 students)

With faculty member William Sharp

Monday, July 25:

Cello Masterclass with Laurence Lesser ($10, $9 seniors, $5 students)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016:

Yellow Barn Concert (Free, reservations recommended)

Works by Wood, Dean, Caplet, Botti, and Debussy

With faculty members Natasha Brofsky, Seth Knopp, Eduardo Leandro, Anthony Marwood, Violaine Melançon, and Lucy Shelton