This week at Yellow Barn: Tribute to honor the 'father of electronic music'

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PUTNEY — Yellow Barn's season of concert streams continues Thursday and Saturday, with rebroadcasts on Friday and Sunday.

Sopranos Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Lucy Shelton, double bassist Lizzie Burns, clarinetist Yasmina Spiegelberg, and percussionist Ayano Kataoka join the small cadre of musicians here this summer representing the 100-plus musicians who ordinarily travel to Putney for Yellow Barn's annual festival.

Thursday, Yellow Barn musicians offer a tribute to Mario Davidovsky, known as the father of electronic music, who died last year. Not wanting to wait another year to honor his colleague and mentor, Yellow Barn Artistic Director Seth Knopp is devoting this year's composer portrait to Davidovsky, who was a regular resident composer at Yellow Barn. Conversations between Knopp and Davidovsky, as well as with musicians who gave legendary premiere performances of his work, will be interspersed between live performances of his synchronisms for solo instruments and electronic tape. This concert streams at 7:30 tonight and again at 2 p.m. on Friday.

On Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, Yellow Barn presents a varied program of music that explores the many interactions between love and nature, from Amy Beth Kirsten's "yes i will yes i said yes" based on the final chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses, to Toshio Hosokawa's "Windscapes" for two percussionists, performed outdoors. The program also includes Vermont saxophonist Travis Laplante premiering his new work "The Obvious Place," as well as Franz Schubert's "Ganymed" with texts by Goethe, performed by Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Knopp, and a work by John Cage performed by Shelton. The evening concludes with the showing of a short documentary of Knopp's Beethoven Walks, an art and music installation

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on local trails.

For more information and to stream the concerts, visit

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Upcoming concerts

Thursday, July 30: Works by Coxe, Ridout, Applebaum and Andersson, all based on children's books

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Saturday, Aug. 1: Works by Aperghis, Lim, Cage, Aucoin, Manoury, and J.S. Bach

Friday, Aug. 7: Gyorgy Kurtag: Kafka Fragments

Saturday, Aug. 8: Works by Hersant, Shostakovich, Golijov, and MacMillan

The full summer season program details may be found on the website.


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