Maverick’s Musical Magic in the Woods Opens This Weekend

Ethel-Miro_MaverickPMAMYoung People’s Concert with ETHEL
11:00 am • Saturday, June 24th 2017

ETHEL | Clyne, Mazzoli, Wolfe and more
8:00 pm • Saturday, June 24th 2017

Miró Quartet | Dvořák
4:00 pm • Sunday, June 25th 2017

Concerts take place at the Maverick Concert Hall • Woodstock, NY

The summer solstice was yesterday, so we can say that summer is officially here. So… Let the summer music begin! And indeed it does this weekend as Maverick Concerts opens its second century of Music in the Woods with two terrific string quartet ensembles that are quite different.

On Saturday evening in Maverick’s magical concert hall in the woods outside of Woodstock, the post-modern, indie-classical string quartet ETHEL [Kip Jones and Corin Lee, violin; Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, ‘cello] performs its “The Blue Dress” program, which pays homage to three masterful women who are making their musical mark on the 21st century. By pairing music by Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, and Pulitzer prize winner Julia Wolfe with the string quartet’s arrangements of music by their personal sources of inspiration, including rock legend Stevie Nicks, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and the pop and soul icon Aretha Franklin highlights the delight in sharing an unlikely soundscape that can be found in the diverse repertoire palette available to us today.

For those of a younger age for whom staying up late is not quite ideal, you might want to know that ETHEL has lovingly curated a set of eclectic works designed for those in kindergarten through sixth grade. They’ll be performing music by these powerful and inspiring women in a warm, welcoming, and family-friendly concert setting. This Maverick Young People’s concert in Saturday morning at 11:00 am. If you’re under 16, there is no admission charge and your adult companion can get in for just $5.00. Sounds like a pretty great way to spend a Saturday morning, right?

Before we move on to Maverick Concerts Sunday  offerings or if you are a die-hard ETHEL fan, you might be interested in a collaboration between Maverick Concerts and the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum on Friday, June 23rd at 8:00 pm in which ETHEL creates conversation with visual artist Kate McGloughlin. This event features ETHEL’S spontaneous short musical response to McGloughlin’s solo exhibit “Requiem for Ashokan-The Story Told in Landscape.” This events is free and open to the public and includes a meet and greet reception. Further details for the June 23rd event can be had by clicking here or calling (845) 679-2940.

Now onto Mavericks’ Music in the Woods on Sunday afternoon with a performance by the Miró Quartet who is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations and exciting performances. The Miró Quartet [Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violins; John Largess, viola; Joshua Gindele, 'cello] presents us with more “traditional” concert music with a program dedicated to the works by Antonín Dvořák, which is to include:

      • selections from The Cypresses, B.11
      • String Quartet No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 34
      • String Quartet No. 14 in A-Flat major, Op. 105

And this is just the beginning of the Maverick Concerts summer programming… phew! If you like this blending of the new and/or unfamiliar with the staples of the traditional chamber music repertoire, then you’ll want take a listen to a conversation between Maverick’s Artistic Director Alexander Platt and WMHT’s Rob Brown to learn more about what else is in store on the Music in the Woods series this summer. Of particular interest for string quartet fans may be how Maverick has programmed the string quartets of American composer Aaron Jay Kernis, Ned Rorem, and Minnesota composer laureate Dominick Argento’s Elizabethan Songs with “anti-diva” soprano Maria Jette who many of us know from her past work with Albany Pro Musica and, of course, A Prairie Home Companion. Take a listen via the SoundCloud audio clip below.

There is a lot of great musicking to be had this weekend from early music offerings to the more contemporary, especially with the Boston Early Music Festival’s Pergolesi’s comic double-bill in which humor and love abounds (click here for details). Regardless of what you might take in this weekend, enjoy and happy musicking!

post by Liz Friedman

Upcoming Events

  • Masterclass: Dr. Malgorzata Kellis | Polish Art Songs in IPA Transliteration
  • Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing, NY
    Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 11:00 am

  • Maverick Concerts: Young People’s Concert with ETHEL
  • Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, NY
    Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 11:00 am

  • Aston Magna Music Festival with Eric Hoeprich, clarinet | Mozart
  • Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA
    Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 6:00 pm

  • Boston Early Music Festival: “La serva padrona” & “Livietta e Tracollo” | Pergolesi
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA
    Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle: Calidore String Quartet with Alan Kay, clarinet | Dvořák, Hindemith, Mozart
  • Olin Hall at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Maverick Concerts: Ethel | Clyne, Mazzoli, Wolfe and more
  • Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, NY
    Saturday, June 24th 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Boston Early Music Festival: “La serva padrona” & “Livietta e Tracollo” | Pergolesi
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA
    Sunday, June 25th 2017 at 3:00 pm

  • Maverick Concerts: Miró Quartet | Dvořák
  • Maverick Concert Hall, Woodstock, NY
    Sunday, June 25th 2017 at 4:00 pm

  • “WMHT Live!”: Albany Symphony with Chee-Yun, violin & Shankar Tucker, clarinet | Balch, Esmail, Ralls, Theofanidis
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy, NY
    Sunday, June 25th 2017 at 6:00 pm

  • The Sembrich: “Afterimage” with “Lost Voice” Preview | Wajda, Franczak
  • Bolton Free Library, Bolton Landing
    Monday, June 26th 2017 at 7:30 pm

  • Tanglewood: Mark Morris Dance Group with New Fromm Players | Harrison
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Wednesday, June 28th 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • Tanglewood: Mark Morris Dance Group with New Fromm Players | Harrison
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Thursday, June 29th 2017 at 8:00 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Paul Green, clarinet with Doris Stevenson, piano perform Brahms
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy, NY
    Friday, June 30th 2017 at 2:00 pm

  • Luzerne Chamber Music: Faculty Artists | Francaix, DiBerardino, Gershwin, Duruflé and more
  • Luzerne Music Center, Lake Luzerne, NY
    Friday, June 30th 2017 at 7:30 pm

  • Aston Magna Music Festival: Aston Magna Strings with soprano Dominique Labelle | Caldara, Handel, Purcell, Clérambault and more
  • László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building | Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
    Friday, June 30th 2017 at 8:00 pm