Maverick Concerts, Americaís oldest continuous summer chamber music festival and winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, thrives on the love of great music and the spirit of its unique site in the unspoiled woods. The rustic 1916 concert hall, with its perfect acoustics, is ideally suited to chamber music and the intimacy of live performance.
Maverick Concerts continues the vision of Hervey White, founder of the collaborative Maverick Art Colony. Artists and other volunteers built the hand-hewn ďmusic chapelĒ in 1916 and the Hall is now a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places.
FROM MUSIC DIRECTOR ALEXANDER PLATT...about our 2008 season:†
As we now embark on another season together of musical discovery, we conclude our observance of the centenary of Gustav Mahlerís arrival in New Yorkóan event from which we may still be feeling the repercussions. As Mahler and Beethoven proved to be such a successful pairing last summer, so do we now celebrate Mahler, his†milieu, and the other of his musical leading lights, Franz Schubert.
Much of Schubertís greatest chamber music will be performed, by such artists as Tokyo, Shanghai, Amernet, and American string quartets, Trio Solisti, and the cello-and-piano duo of Zuill Bailey and Simone Dinnerstein. We will hear Schubertís cello quintet played by St. Lawrence String Quartet, joined by David Ying, cellist of the Ying Quartet.
Two intimate ďSchubertiadeĒ evenings will be given by New York City Opera soprano Nancy Allen Lundy and pianist Marc Peloquin, who, in†A Modern Schubertiade, combine the piano music of Schubert and the music of†Final Aliceís composer, David Del Tredici.
Viennese chamber music of Mahlerís†milieu, composers such as Brahms, Bruckner, Korngold, and the masters of the Second Viennese School will be featured, as played by pianists Frederic Chiu, James Tocco, Babette Hierholzer, and the Miro, Daedalus, Borromeo, and Pacifica string quartets.
Our Mahler observance will have its culmination, when I conduct a Labor Day weekend concert of the Maverick Chamber Players. The program,†Mahler and Friends: The Heavenly Life, will feature MahlerísFourth Symphony, as arranged for chamber ensemble in 1920 by Erwin Stein. I reconstructed this 15 years ago and it is now a classic of the repertoire. The†Mahler Fourth†will be appropriately preceded by Mozartís†Exultate,†Jubilate, the area premiere of Aaron Jay Kernisí†Simple Songs†in their original chamber version, and Erwin Steinís chamber-ensemble arrangement of the monumental Adagio from theSymphony No. 7†of Mahlerís mentor, Anton Bruckner.
Our eclectic Saturday-night series at the Maverick,†Woodstock Legends, continues with a diverse range of legendary artists who call the Woodstock area home, including Frederick Hand, Steve Gorn, String Trio of New York, and Marilyn Crispell.†