Yellow Barn welcomes audience to Big Barn and to campus

PUTNEY — Yellow Barn's 48th summer season continues with a full weekend of events, from three concerts to Saturday's masterclass and pre-concert discussion, to lunch and open rehearsals with musicians on campus at the Greenwood School.

The weekend opens on Thursday, July 13, at 8 p.m. in the Big Barn. The evening begins with Franz Joseph Haydn's Piano Trio in E-flat Major, followed by Max Reger's lush and romantic String Sextet in F Major. After intermission, the musical landscape blossoms from Furrer to Schnittke, finally concluding with Johannes Brahms' Zwei Ges nge (Two Songs), in which the first song is a lullaby, and the second is an aching response to divorce. Soprano Melanie Henley-Heyn performs the Brahms, with Roger Tapping, violist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and the revered pianist Peter Frankl.

Friday, July 14's concert at 8 p.m. opens with George Crumb's Federico's Little Songs for Children, settings of a group of children's songs by Federico Garc a Lorca for soprano, flutes, and harp. The remainder of the first half is a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Ludwig van Beethoven's Seven Variations on "Bei M nnern, welche Liebe f hlen" from The Magic Flute, followed by Mozart's String Quintet in E-flat Major, K.614 which was written in 1971, the same year Mozart wrote The Magic Flute, and the same year he died.

After intermission, Friday's program continues with Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Piano Trio. An Austrian-born composer and conductor, Korngold was a child prodigy who immigrated to the U.S. in 1934. In addition to his success as a classical music composer, he became one of the founders of film music, writing the scores for 16 Hollywood classics. The program concludes with Donnacha Dennehy's Glamour Sleeper, a piece inspired by urban spaces, for amplified instruments and electronics.

Before the Saturday night concert, Yellow Barn's personal and informative discussion series introduces the evening's program through the lens of Schumann's passionate Florestan and contemplative Eusebius, the two sides of the composer's personality that characterize so much of his music. Great artists and teachers Nicholas Mann, Violaine Melan on, and Natasha Brofsky share their insights and lead a discussion together with Artistic Director Seth Knopp (7 p.m. in the Putney Public Library).

At 8 p.m., the Saturday's program begins with Franz Schubert's little-known String Quartet in B-flat Major, followed by G rard Pesson's R cr ations fran aises, a piece full of unusual sounds and shadows for three wind and three string instruments. After intermission is Franco Donatoni's virtuosic Alamari, for viola, cello, and double bass, and the concert culminates with Robert Schumann's Piano Trio in G Minor, with Peter Frankl making his final appearance of the 2017 festival.

Earlier on Saturday, audiences have a chance to join Yellow Barn musicians in their work outside the concert hall. The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with Laurence Lesser's cello masterclass, and then moves to campus for Yellow Barn's annual Open House. One of the most anticipated days of the festival, audiences are invited to join the musicians for lunch and open rehearsals in Yellow Barn's artist studios at the Greenwood School. Lunch (with Humble Kitchen chef James Smith) costs $10. There is no admission fee for the open rehearsals.

Patrons can reserve their tickets by calling the Box Office at 802-387-6637, by emailing, or by visiting Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for guaranteed admission.

Yellow Barn's 48th summer season continues through Aug. 5 with 28 events taking place in the spectacular Big Barn in Putney. Visit Yellow Barn on social media for an inside look at the festival, and check out the Blog for updates on Yellow Barn in the community and in the world.


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