Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Letter from Lenny

[caption id="attachment_1486" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The Mayor of Derry, Martin Reilly, with Lenny, Mike, Colleen, Elise, and Rupert"]AH with mayor[/caption] Apple Hill had a terrific summer and a very productive fall! We had another record student population (300) attending our Summer Chamber Music Workshop and our ten Tuesday concerts that featured our 45 faculty were sold-out events. Our new violinist Colleen Jennings made her debut with the Apple Hill String Quartet at the home of board member Bill Heyman and his wife, Peggy, in September and soon after we travelled to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to perform concerts, teach, and conduct our Irish Chamber Music Workshop. In November we travelled north to Hanover, NH for a university-wide residency at Dartmouth College where we performed the world-premiere of Traces, a work by Syrian composer Kareem Roustom for clarinet, string quartet and piano. The Apple Hill String Quartet was joined by Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Israeli pianist Sally Pinkas for this marvelous new work. Traces was co-commissioned by Apple Hill, the HOP Center at Dartmouth, and Arizona State University, where we will travel to in February 2014 for another university-wide residency. [caption id="attachment_1499" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Elise, Mike, Rupert, and Colleen on the Derry Peace Bridge"]AH on Peace Bridge[/caption] In the summer and on our travels, I get a chance to meet and talk to a lot of people – people that are part of the Apple Hill family, and have been so for years. There are many voices – and the voices are diverse, musically and culturally. This newsletter features a few of these voices: Evan McGarrigle writes about his experience at the Irish Workshop, Colleen speaks about her “new life” at Apple Hill, summer coordinator Amelia Perron, who also happens to be a violinist, tells us what it is like to perform at Apple Hill, and finally, we present an interview with Kinan and Kareem on the NHPR show Word of Mouth. They talk about our residency at Dartmouth and also about their lives as Syrian musicians. So I invite you to read just a few of the many voices that form the collective we call Apple Hill. Follow these links to read other articles from the December 2013 Newsletter: Letter from Ireland: Evan Writes about Apple Hill Donegal Spotlight: Colleen Jennings Amelia on the Summer: Dirt Road Ensemble 2013 Click here to learn about upcoming events with Apple Hill

One Comment

  • Clara Lennox

    Dear Lenny, thinking of Apple Hill and of you with lots of gratitude for all the years that my daughter Dani has loved coming to Apple Hill and participating in the community of learning that you have created there.
    Clara Lennox
    Dorchester, MA
    Mother of Danielle Lennox-Heichman


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