The Bennington Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp, will be offering a diverse and exciting five-week Fridaynight concert series beginning in June. Summer Sonatina is a well-respected camp for aspiring young pianists based in Old Bennington, Vermont. After a week of intense keyboard work, Summer Sonatina celebrates with out-of-town Friday night excursions to regional performing arts centers so that the students can experience exceptional musicianship first hand. This year, however, Friday night events proved hard to find, and so Sonatina Director Polly van der Linde determined that she would instead craft her own program of talented professional artists and bring those performances to The Bennington Center for the Arts.
For the residents of Bennington and beyond, this concert series offers a unique opportunity for music lovers to experience fantastic musicians in a beautiful setting at an affordable price.
Friday, June 23
The Sonicals: This duo piano ensemble features Summer Sonatina faculty members, Joel A. Martin and George Lopez. The program will include selections by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and will blend classical and jazz improvisation to create their unique signature sound.
Friday, June 30
Eric Lu: Nineteen year old piano sensation and 1st prize and audience award winner at the 2017 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt will join us to present a program of Handel, Brahms, Mozart and Prokofiev.
Friday, July 7
Nick Hetko: A native of Cambridge, New York, this young jazz pianist, who currently holds the title of grand prize winner of the Six String Theory Competition, takes a break from his busy NYC schedule to play a solo piano concert on his home turf.
Friday, July 14
Soprano, Sylvia Stoner and Pianist Noah Palmer presenting Wonder Women: Sounds of Superwomen from Myth and Music which will include selections from Schubert and Wolf to Poulenc and Satie to Copland and Bernstein. As a multi-faceted performer, Ms. Stoner’s large and clear soprano voice and electric stage presence completely captivates her audiences. Frequent collaborator, Noah Palmer, has conducted and coached with many regional orchestras and choral groups and has performed around the world.
Friday, July 21
Mackenzie Melemed: Recently named 1st Prize winner at the Iowa International Piano Competition, this 22 year old rising star has performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall and in recital throughout the United States, Czech Republic, Finland and Japan. This will be Mackenzie’s 3rd performance at The Bennington and he will close out this series with an ambitious program including Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt and more.
In addition to this Friday night concert series the students of Summer Sonatina will be offering free performances at The Bennington every Thursday evening at 7pm as a showcase of the skills they have been working on during the week.
The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane in Bennington, VT and boasts seven large galleries, a covered bridge museum, a collection of Native American artifacts and art works, studio space and a lovely 315 seat theater equipped with a world class Fazioli piano.
The theater will open at 7:30pm and all Friday concerts will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, children 12 and under are admitted for free. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Bennington: 802-442-7158. More information can be found at www.TheBennington.org or www.Sonatina.com.