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PUTNEY —Yellow Barn's Summer Concert Streams will be the focus of a nine-week conversation series moderated by artistic director Seth Knopp, with Yellow Barn musicians from the performances.

On Sept. 1, "Patio Noise" launches with a discussion of this year's opening night concert, including Ives's "Concord" piano sonata, and the world premiere of a new work by Stephen Coxe for string quartet and percussion. This work is a response and a prelude to the slow movement of Beethoven's Op. 132 quartet.

The program is broadcast from the Big Barn, decorated with autographed manuscripts and sketches from Beethoven's masterpiece. Conversations will take place on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., through Oct. 27.

"'Patio Noise' at Yellow Barn is a phenomenon! The joyful cacophony of conversation that fills the Big Barn patio at each concert is as difficult to interrupt as an Ives symphony," Knopp said in a statement. "In these conversations, we will talk about each of this past summer's programs, delving deeply into the music and its performance, and with some special emphasis on what we can learn making music under the restrictions we are all facing."

Joining Knopp Sept. 1 will be musicians from the opening night: pianist Gilbert Kalish, violinists Emma Frucht and Alice Ivy-Pemberton, violist Roger Tapping, cellist Coleman Itzkoff and percussionist Eduardo Leandro.

Conversations will take place by Zoom, and the link will be available via the Yellow Barn website. Those participating are invited to share insights and questions by sending them in advance, or by using the Zoom chat option. For more information, go to or call 802-387-6637.


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