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SummerArts: Classical Music

Yellow Barn Music Festival (Putney, VT)

63 Main Street
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(June 17 – August 4, 2012) What began in 1969 as a summer retreat for cello students has become Yellow Barn, a year-round home for cultivating the creation of chamber music and the musicians who perform it. The summer season offers training/performance opportunities for emergent professionals through the five-week Yellow Barn project proper, while the Young Artists program caters to musicians—six composers among them—between the ages of 13 and 19 (all participants in Yellow Barn’s core program, not including Young Artists, receive full scholarships). Both programs benefit from the tutelage of experienced professional chamber musicians. During the rest of the year on Yellow Barn’s campus at The Greenwood School, Artist Residencies enable musicians to pursue the development of repertoire, original projects, and outreach.

While concerts do feature the works of Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Janácek, Dvorák, and many other canonical composers, Yellow Barn performances give great prominence to contemporary composers such as Toshio Hosokawa, Sofia Gubaidulina, George Crumb, Jörg Widmann, and Thomas Adés In addition, Yellow Barn presented an innovative nationally touring concert series called “Intimate Letters” in September 2011, which explores the common ground between the music of Mahler, Schubert, and others and the contemporary art form of slam poetry. (DK)

Yellow Barn Music Festival Information

  • Other Venues: The Greenwood School (14 Greenwood Road); Next Stage & 15 Kimball Hill (15 Kimball Hill Road); Putney Public Library (55 Main Street)
  • Public Transportation: Poor
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Approximately 30 concerts and several Masterclasses are presented during the festival
  • Ticket Prices: Range from Free–$25. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount on ticket purchases, and Youth (18 and under) receive a 50% discount
  • Subscriptions: Summer Season Pass (Admission to all concerts and masterclasses) – $375; Summer 8-concert Pass – $150
  • Membership: Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.