I am so happy to be returning to the New Hampshire Music Festival that we all love so much—returning to a large family that includes talented musicians, dedicated board members, brilliant management and an appreciative audience that was always one of my favorites!
Please forgive me for saying that the repertoire I have selected for the 2016 summer season is the best in all my years as Music Director! The overall theme of “Wanderlust” speaks to the cultural richness and diversity that is classical music.
The Festival will begin with inspiring music from the great Germanic tradition, which will enable the orchestra to re-establish its unique sound and greet you like an old friend. Then we head to the Latin countries of Brazil, Uruguay and Mexico for sensual tropical nights and hot tango, followed by a feast of American music that gives us an opportunity to welcome back one of our country’s artistic treasures, David Amram, to the Festival stage. To take full advantage of his presence we’ve scheduled an extra event—a Family Concert where he will blow, strum and shake on ancient ethnic instruments while we demonstrate their contemporary cousins in the modern orchestra. At this point in the season, we will now focus our devotion on the nobility and lyrical beauty of Johannes Brahms with a performance of one of the greatest choral works of all time, the German Requiem. And finally we will say farewell to one another with the mysterious, exotic, earthy and powerful music of Russia climaxing with a major suite of highlights from Tchaikovsky’s dramatic ballet, Swan Lake.
Paralleling the orchestra series will be our popular Chamber Music Series on Tuesday nights, the continuation of our Music in the Mountains program as well as music popping up all over the Lakes Region in our effort to truly be the NEW HAMPSHIRE Music Festival! We also welcome Yulia Milshtein as our new concertmaster this summer.
Thank you for joining us in what will undoubtedly be the best Festival season ever!