Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass returns to Shaker Village

Published 6:42 am Saturday, May 12, 2018


Press release 

HARRODSBURG—Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill announces the programs and artists for the 2018 Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. The festival, now in its 12th year, will be May 26-27 and will present four concerts featuring artists from New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS).

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On Saturday, May 26, an 11 a.m. performance in the Meadow View Barn, a restored open-aired barn overlooking the quiet countryside, will feature works by Haydn, Mozart, Smetana and Beethoven. An evening performance will take place that same day at 5 p.m. in the Meadow View Barn and will include works by Beethoven, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Brahms.

Performances on Sunday, May 27 will include an 11 a.m. performance with selections from Ligeti, Waxman and Saint-Saens, and a 5 p.m. concert featuring works by Mozart and Schumann. Both concerts will take place in the Meadow View Barn.

Each afternoon at 3 p.m., Patrick Castillo, composer, performer, writer and educator, will present a complimentary, educational lecture that thoroughly covers the history of each piece of music being performed during the evening concerts.

Festival artists include CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano). Other festival performers include Juho Pohjonen (piano); Paul Huang (violin); Erin Keefe (violin); Matthew Lipman (viola); Dmitri Atapine (cello); and Radovan Vlatkovic (horn).

CMS is one of 11 constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Demonstrating the belief that the future of chamber music lies in engaging and expanding the audience, CMS has created programs to bring the art of chamber music to audiences from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and levels of musical knowledge.

CMS is critically-acclaimed for its ability to brilliantly blend programs featuring classics of the repertoire and innovative new pieces. Performers are drawn from a sensational intergenerational roster of the world’s leading chamber music players. As a reviewer for The New York Times recently wrote, “The great joy of the society’s concerts is the interaction of up-and-coming musicians with established ones.”