Apple Hill Concerts

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Summer Concert SeriesSummer Concerts at Apple Hill

The Summer Concert Series features the Apple Hill String Quartet and Summer Chamber Music Workshop guest faculty artists. Each Tuesday night concert is preceded by a buffet dinner and listenUP, a pre-concert lecture series by Director Leonard Matczynski.

Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm, June 18–August 20
Special event: Tuesday, August 6 – Summer Gala Fundraiser, $75.00
Pre-concert dinner, 6:00–6:45 pm, $15.00 per person
Location: 410 Apple Hill Rd, Nelson, New Hampshire. Follow the signs on Route 9 in Sullivan, NH, just 8 miles northeast of Keene.

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Back by Popular Demand: listenUP!

Weekly on Tuesday summer concert nights, June 18 through August 13, 6:45 – 7:15 pm.
Take your music-listening to the next level in this pre-concert series by Director Lenny Matczynski and featured faculty.

JUNE 18–Featuring the Session 1 Faculty

Minor R. Estrada, Pajarillo
Paquito D’Rivera, Contradanza y Vals Venezolano
Leyla Zamora, bassoon
Mikael Darmanie, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank, Suenos di Chambi
Jessie Montgomery, Rhapsody No. 1
Rebecca Fischer, violin
Mikael Darmanie, piano

Johannes Brahms, Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18
Elise Kuder and Mandy Wolman, violin
Mike Kelley and Jesse Holstein, viola
Rupert Thompson and Nina Lee, cello

JUNE 25–Featuring Young Artist Fellowship Musicians

Apple Hill’s Young Artist Fellowship Program brings together pre-professional instrumentalists for a rigorous and exciting 14-day chamber music experience. The program includes intensive study with Apple Hill’s Director Leonard Matczynski and the Apple Hill String Quartet. This year’s groups, from the Hartt School and University of Michigan, will perform string quartets by Schubert, Schulhoff, and Prokofiev.

JULY 2–Featuring the Session 2 Faculty

Rebecca Clarke, Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale
Rane Moore, clarinet
Mike Kelley, viola

Johannes Brahms, Trio for horn, violin, and piano in E-flat Major, Op. 40
Amr Selim, horn
Elise Kuder, violin
Seba Ali, piano

Joaquin Turina, Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67
Ivan Stefanovic, violin
Chris Jenkins, viola
Troy Stuart, cello
Myriam Teie, piano

JULY 9–A concert to recognize the 36th anniversary of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College.

The Cohen Center serves as the co-curricular arm of the College’s distinctive program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, providing educational outreach in the community, support to schools and community organizations, and resources and programs for the campus and friends in the region

Pavel Haas, Four songs based on Chinese Poetry (arr. by Mike Kelley)
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano
Elise Kuder and Amy Schroeder, violin
Mike Kelley, viola
Rupert Thompson, cello

Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Piano Quintet, Op. 18
Elise Kuder and Amy Schroeder, violin
Mike Kelley, viola
Rupert Thompson, cello
Sally Pinkas, piano

JULY 16–Featuring the Session 3 Faculty

JS Bach, Sonata for flute and piano in E-flat Major, BWV 1031
Vanessa Holroyd, flute
Sally Pinkas, piano

Silvestre Revueltas, Three pieces for Violin and Piano
Saúl Bitrán, violin
Sally Pinkas, piano

Arnold Schoenberg, Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4
Elise Kuder and Amy Schroeder, violin
Mike Kelley and Hannah Ross, viola
Greg Hesselink and Felix Umansky, cello

JULY 23–A recital by Summer Workshop alumni

Works by Michele Mangani, Rebecca Clarke, and Robert Schumann

JULY 30–Featuring the Session 4 Faculty

Tigran Mansurian, Die Tänzerin
Vache Sharafyan, Night-Garden Music (world premiere arrangement)
Movses Pogossian, violin
Beste Tiknaz, viola

Thomas Ades, Catch
Eric Thomas, clarinet
Salley Koo, violin
Tony Rymer, cello
Marc Ryser, piano

Dmitri Shostakovich, From the 24 Preludes & Fugues for piano, Op. 87D (arr. Mike Kelley)
Elise Kuder, violin
Mike Kelley, viola
Rupert Thompson, cello

AUGUST 6–The Summer Gala

Help us celebrate and support Apple Hill with good food and beautiful music as Apple Hill features mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil; resident artists Elise Kuder, Mike Kelley, and Rupert Thompson; summer faculty Ealaín McMullin and Jesse Holstein; EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin; alumnus Ray Dineen, viola; and Zan Berry, cello, in the Apple Hill premiere of Mike Kelley’s Five Animal Stories for String Octet.

AUGUST 13–Featuring the Session 5 Faculty

Alan Ridout, Ferdinand for speaker and violin
Jesse Holstein, violin
John Steinmetz, narrator

Layale Chaker, Gemella
inan Azmeh, Scattered Sketchbook
Layale Chaker, violin
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet

César Franck, Piano Quintet in F minor, FWV 7
Heather Braun-Bakken and Ealaín McMullin, violin
Yoni Gertner, viola
Rupert Thompson, cello
Jean Schneider, piano

AUGUST 20–Final Concert of the Summer Season featuring Elise Kuder and Ealaín McMullin, violin; Gamelan musicians from Gamelan Laras Tentrem; and Quartet Davis from Oberlin

Dessert and Dancing, Hoffman Auditorium

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Special events

Free and open to the public: Five Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm, in the Hoffman Auditorium, hosted by Apple Hill Director Lenny Matczynski.

Sunday, June 16
Yoga for Musicians, with writer and yoga instructor Sharon O’Brien

Sunday, June 30
The Aesthetics of African-American Classical Music: From Gospel to Henry Louis Gates, presented by faculty violist Chris Jenkins

Sunday, July 14
Music and the Brain: A Scientific Perspective on Music Performance with musicians Anna Kasdan and Ivan Tan

Sunday, July 28
Alexander Technique for Musicians, with violist Lisa Sailer

Sunday, August 11
Physical Theatre for Musicians, with actor, director, and Apple Hill alumna Eva Steinmetz