Mandolin mania at Stone Church Arts


Bellows Falls >> Stone Church Arts presents the New England Mandolin Ensemble and participants in the seventh Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music with special guest conductor, Jacob Rouven from Israel, in concert on Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m.

The concert takes place in the air-conditioned Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

Founded by August Watters, a Boston area teacher and composer, the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music is designed for the classical mandolin community and for concert-goers interested in classical chamber music. The purpose of the festival is to create learning and performance opportunities for those interested in chamber music composed for mandolin and its related instruments (as well as classical guitar). Participants rehearse in preparation for the concert which is the finale of the workshop.

Jacob Reuven, special guest director of the festival, is a brilliant mandolinist and conductor from Israel. Reuven. He is a founding member of the Kerman Mandolin Quartet, and director of Israel's Beer-Sheva Conservatory, the nucleus of Israel's burgeoning classical mandolin scene.

Displaying a unique combination of technical brilliance and a rich musical persona, Jacob Reuven has established himself as one of the most intriguing and sought after mandolin players to have emerged from Israel in recent years. Jacob's broad musical horizons encompass everything from classical music, baroque music, contemporary music, world music, to music for modern dance and theater, bringing to all that he does his unique voice and uncompromising musical standards.

Since the Chapel only holds 50 people, tickets are limited. Tickets are $17 for adults ($13 for seniors and children under 12) in advance and $20 ($15) at the door. Advance tickets are available online at or by phone at 802-460-0110. They are also on sale at Village Square Booksellers on the Square in Bellows Falls or you may purchase tickets at the door.

For more information or directions go to or call 802-460-0110.


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