Seek out a better experience, upgrade to a full membership! (Learn more)
 News Classical 21/12/2018

Valley Of The Moon Music Festival Announces 5th Anniversary Season

Valley Of The Moon Music Festival Announces 5th Anniversary Season

Video news

Our news in your mail

* indicates required
News frequency *

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Valley of the Moon Music Festival (VMMF), the first and only organization in the U.S. devoted to presenting the chamber music of the Classical and Romantic eras performed on instruments built when the music was written, today announced the program for its Fifth Anniversary Season next summer. The Festival will pay tribute to Europe's powerful 19th century salonnières, women who worked to advance the careers and reputations of composers from Bach to Stravinsky. Returning to the Hanna Center Auditorium in Sonoma July 14 - 28, the Festival will make a musical tour of several salons including those of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel in Leipzig, Sara Levy in Berlin and Winnaretta Singer, "Princesse de Polignac," in Paris.

"Europe's salonnières were the 'influencers' of their day," said Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director Tanya Tomkins. "Through their salons they helped to shape the musical taste of their time, bringing together great performers, composers and intellectuals. They promoted Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Fauré, among many others."

"Several of the salonnières were excellent artists in their own right," added Festival Co-Founder and Music Director Eric Zivian, "individuals like Maria Wilhelmine von Thun, praised for her keyboard playing, and composers Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, several of whose works will be featured on our program."
Additional salons to be explored include those of Pauline Viardot and Cristina Trivulzio di Belgiojoso, both in Paris.

Next season's program will continue the Festival's foray into early 20th century chamber music - performed on gut strings as it would have been at the time - with Igor Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet from 1914/18. Stravinsky was a regular at Singer's Parisian salon, a source of many significant musical commissions.
Among the world-renowned players and teaching artists to participate in 2019 is American violinist Rachel Barton Pine, in her Festival debut. She will perform César Franck's aptly named "Trio de Salon" as well as Ernest Chausson's Concerto for violin and piano with string quartet accompaniment. Other new faces will include esteemed Canadian violinist Marc Destrubé as a faculty artist.

In addition to Tomkins on cello and Zivian on fortepiano, returning artists include Liana Bérubé, violin; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Madeleine Bouïssou, cello; Christian De Luca, piano; Nikki Einfeld, soprano; Cynthia Freivogel, violin; Andrew Gonzalez, viola; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Phyllis Kamrin, viola; Jeffrey LaDeur, fortepiano; Carla Moore, violin; Anna Presler, violin; and Kyle Stegall, tenor.
Kate van Orden, Harvard University's Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of Music, will lead the Festival's second annual Blattner Lecture Series, endowed by a gift from Kimberly and Simon Blattner. Through this Series, the Festival will present several pre-concert lectures by experts in music and the arts, providing greater context to each program.

Concerts take place at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, July 14 - 28. An additional 11 a.m. concert is scheduled for Sunday, July 28. Tickets for next summer, $45 for single concerts with discounts available, will go on sale in the spring. For more information visit

Most read news of the week
Jay-Z & Diddy Are Two Of Forbes' Top 10 Wealthiest Celebrities
Ronnie Milsap Announces US Tour Dates
Ashley Monroe's "Sparrow" Named One Of The Best Country Albums Of 2018 By Stereogum, The Washington Post & More
XXXTentacion's 'Skins' Debuts At No 1 Of The Billboard 200
Baritone Benjamin Appl Embarks On First US Recital Tour
Sam & Dave To Be Honored With Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
Eric Bellinger - King
Joe Scarborough Releases 'I Don't Want To Go Home For Christmas' EP
The Backpack Kid, Releases Debut EP And Social Media Star Studded Visual
The Australian Music Vault Turns One
Chevel Shepherd Wins Season 15 Of The Voice
Brian May Announces Brand New Single, "New Horizons"
The Empress Theatre Presents Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers
Festival Place Presents Folk Rock Legend, John York
Ariana Grande Performed "Imagine" On TV For The First Time!

© 2001-2019 (S4)
about | advertise | site map
contact | privacy
Page gen. in 0.0341201 secs // 4 () queries in 0.009080171585083 secs
Members Area
Register or login with just your e-mail address

A validation link will be sent to your e-mail. The link will expire in 15'.

Free for everyone, funded by music lovers -> Find out how