Now in its sixth year as Manchester’s year-round music and music education organisation, Taconic Music’s annual summer festival will celebrate the end of two difficult years of COVID, “renewing that fact that we are here and we haven’t stopped, with an uplifting wide variety of color,” explained violist Ariel Rudiakov, co-artistic director of Taconic with his wife, violinist Joana Genova.
“The cover design for our poster was done by a local artist, Gloria Palmer,” Rudiakov said. “She volunteered to create a watercolor drawing which we believe is infused with life and color. We are so tired of everything going on in the world that we cannot understand, the real aim is to have a pop of color and a variety of sounds – and hopefully an attitude.
The 2022 Taconic Music Festival, June 18-July 9, features four teacher concerts, two young artist concerts, two public master classes, four open dress rehearsals, all at the Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester. Young artists will also perform throughout the community during the festival.
“We have a world premiere of Jon Klibonoff, a beautiful piece for violin and piano,” Rudiakov said. “We’ve got Bach, we’ve got Chopin, we’ve got Turina – a variety of colors on the palette hoping people can take a break from everything that’s going on.”
“What’s new are new students, new guests, new people who’ve never been to Manchester, who’ve never played with us before, like pianist Miki Aoki,” Genova said. “We can’t wait to open the season with Bach.”
In fact, the faculty’s opening concert on June 18 begins with JS Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor, BWV 1060.
“I love it so much,” said Genova, who is the solo violinist (along with oboist Boris Baev). “It’s a great way to introduce our students. We always open in the summer with a piece for string orchestra conducted by Ari. This sets the tone for the rest of the season.
After six Chopin studies performed by pianist Drew Peterson, the Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op. 41 will close the program.
“It’s a beautiful piece,” Genova said. “The second movement is like a sledgehammer. I can’t wait to play it again. »
“The slow motion has such amazing inevitability in the way it unfolds,” added Rudiakov, who also stars. “And the scherzo is absolutely bananas. It’s fun and crazy, and we really enjoy the piece.
The second faculty concert, June 25, features Joseph Haydn’s “The Bird” String Quartet, Op. 33, no. 3; “In the Mists” by Leoš Janáček with pianist Miki Aoki; and Ernst von Dohnányi’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 26.
“Who can resist a good Haydn quartet? said Genoa. “The Dohnányi Second Piano Quintet is not often played. We want to add it to our own repertoire, so the public can enjoy it.
The third concert of the faculty, on July 2, presents “The prayer of the toreador” by Joaquín Turina, op. 34 for string quartet; Klibonoff’s Three Pieces for Violin and Piano (world premiere); and Antonin Dvorák’s Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, the “Dumky”.
“The ‘Dumky’ is irresistible and a beautiful, evocative piece,” Genova said. “Jon’s article is based on three photos he took on the beach in New Jersey. It’s very descriptive, it’s very beautiful. It will be fun if we can post his photos as well.
The fourth and final faculty concert, July 9, will feature “Entr’acte” for string quartet by Caroline Shaw; Maurice Ravel’s Sonatine with pianist Drew Peterson; and the Piano Quintet in F minor by César Franck.
“He’s one of those ‘war horses’ as we call them,” Genova said.
Nine young instrumentalists will be in residence for the duration of the festival. They come from the Cleveland Conservatory, Indiana University, New England Conservatory, Arizona State University and Mannes School of Music.
“We had a lot of candidates, so the selection is very strong,” Genova said. “Their program is already set, the rehearsal schedule is set; the week is filled with coaching and rehearsals.
The young artists will also perform informal concerts at Equinox Terrace, Valley Terrace, Bromley Manor, Manchester Community Library, Israel Congregation and others throughout the community.
They will also be hosting a five-day art camp at the Southern Vermont Arts Center for local children. Each morning begins with a performance of 15 or 20 minutes.
Some of these children have never heard an instrument up close. They are fascinated,” Genova said. “Our young artists – I still call them students just because we teach them, but they’re basically pre-professionals, some already professional – some of them have never given lessons before. So for them , working with children and finding the dynamics of the relationship with the youngest is a very good experience. »