MMF concert to span three centuries of music


MANCHESTER >> Mozart, Handel and Chopin, plus a world premiere, will be on the Thursday, July 28 program for Manchester Music Festival's fourth concert of the 2016 season.

"George Frederic Handel was at the beginning of his career when he wrote the trio sonata that we'll present," says Ariel Rudiakov, MMF's artistic director, "and Mozart was at the height of his popularity when he composed the trio for piano and strings. Chopin was an instant legend. Perhaps Steven Dankner's Quintet for piano and strings will become another chamber music classic. Only time will tell."

The concert, at Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion, starts at 7:30 p.m.

Guest artists include Lynelle James, piano; and Deanna Baasch, violin, perform with MMF faculty members Joana Genova, violin; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; Benjamin Capps and Thomas Landschoot, cello.

"I'd like our audience members to know that Steven Dankner is not just a fine composer – he's a gifted visual artist as well," Mr. Rudiakov adds. "One of his digital renderings is the 'Synergies' graphic featured in our posters, brochure, playbill and advertisements this year." Dankner has a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Juilliard and resides in Williamstown, Mass.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $18 for students and may be purchased by calling the Festival at 362-1956, online at, or at the Southern Vermont Arts Center box office.

The concert is sponsored, in part, by Arthur Lombard in honor of the late Frederica Lombard, with additional funding by r.k. Miles.


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