MANCHESTER, VT. >> At the north end of the region, the Manchester Music Festival will launch its 41st year with a series of concerts based on the idea of "Primary Colors." According to Artistic Director Ariel Rudiakov, it is a celebration of the major components of music at the Festival — intimate chamber music, larger orchestral works, and opera. "From that general conceptual standpoint, you can blend them," he said.
The series begins at Southern Vermont Arts Center with a performance called "Chopin and the French Connection" (July 9) uniting clarinetist Alexey Gorokholinsky and others in a performance of works by Darius Milhaud, Frederic Chopin, and Gabriel Faure.
The festival will bring in a series of high-profile guest artists, as well as smaller performances that may appeal to those still exploring classical music. Rudiakov recommended that Monday series of performances by fellows in the Young Artists series — performed by some of 15 young performers in residence for the summer. These performances, held at the Riley Center for the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy, offer a more relaxed and casual setting in which to engage the music.
"These are very high-quality performances at a low price, and with a lot of variety," he said.
An open-to-the public chamber music master class with University of Arizona professor Danwen Jiang (July 22 will give a unique opportunity to see what goes into preparing a chamber ensemble for the stage.
"For many it's an eye-opening process," he said.