Yellow Barn's grand finale


PUTNEY >> Yellow Barn roars to its close with nightly concerts and the annual Saturday matinee concert, creating a musical celebration that ranges from Frescobaldi to music by composer-in-residence Stefano Gervasoni. Gervasoni, a composer very much aware of his place in the musical continuum, sees himself both within and outside of compositional traditions. Works programmed this weekend exhibit Gervasoni's bold tributes to composers such as Schumann, Schubert, and Mozart. To further illuminate these ties Artistic Director Seth Knopp has woven works by those same composers into this season's offerings.

Thursday offers Gervsoni's fantastical work for two pianos and percussion titled "Sviete Tihi—Capriccio dopo la Fantasia" (with faculty members Seth Knopp, piano, and Eduardo Leandro, percussion), Reger's Clarinet Quintet from 1915 (with faculty member Curtis Macomber, violin), a duo for cello and double bass by Donatoni, and the great Faure piano quintet (with faculty member Roger Tapping, viola). Thursday is the final BMC Night of the season, and BMC members can purchase $10 tickets in advance or at the door.

On Friday, faculty violinist Anthony Marwood leads Brahms's stunning A Major Piano Quartet. Earlier on the program soprano Krisina Bacharach leads a performance of lieder by Anton Webern (with faculty member Violaine Melançon), and Gervasoni's "descdesesasf", an homage to Schumann, for string trio (with Curtis Macomber) appears alongside a string trio by Arnold Schoenberg (with faculty member Michael Kannen, cello).

Saturday's double-header includes the annual matinee concert at 12:30pm and the Season Finale at 8pm. The matinee program includes Schubert's "Rosamunde" string quartet, and ends with a work for two pianos (one in the form of a pre-recorded performance) that pays tribute to Schumann. On the other end, the program begins with the eariest work of the season, Frescobaldi's "Canzonas" from 1628, for two cellos and harpsichord (with Michael Kannen). Following the Frescobaldi, three string quartets perform seamlessly a one-movement work by Gervasoni in which, in the composer's words, "attempts to investigate the 'inexpressive' in music. The expressivity is written deeply within the folds of the chiaroscuro of sound, and the writing hides it rather than reveals it: in the secret of music, it encloses the secret of a word." The matinee, popular as it is Yellow Barn's only daytime performance, also includes Pintscher's "A Twilight Song" for soprano, winds, strings, harp, piano, and percussion (with faculty members Lucy Shelton, soprano, Roger Tapping, viola, Christina Dahl, piano, and Eduardo Leandro, percussion).

Yellow Barn's 47th summer festival culminates in the Season Finale Concert, with Brahms's Variations on a Theme by Haydn for two pianos, Mendelssohn's cello sonata in D Major, and the famously virtuosic "Circles" by Berio for soprano, harp, and a stage full of percussion (with Lucy Shelton and Eduardo Leandro). Percussion opens the finale as well, with a solo piece for percussion by Unsuk Chin. Saturday night offers the final work in Gervasoni's residency, SONATiNeXPRESSIVE for violin and piano (with Christina Dahl), and the final work on the season is an arrangement of the Andante from Mendelssohn's clarinet sonata for clarinet (faculty member Alan Kay), string orchestra, harp, and celeste. In typical Yellow Barn fashion, music from 25 musicians fills the stage at the Big Barn, with enough beauty and resonance to carry over to next summer.

All performances are at 8 p.m. in the Big Barn, Main Street in Putney,Tickets range from $18-28 (with senior discounts). $5 student rush tickets are available for all four concerts. Reservations are recommended, and can be made in advance online at, or by calling 802-387-6637.


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