The Conclusion To Our Summer Season

During its final week of the season, MMF is pleased to present seven incredible events.

Manchester Music Festival concludes its 44th season of presenting beautiful chamber music to the Southern Vermont community with a number of events culminating with its annual Orchestral Evening on August 11th.

As part of MMF's commitment to education and community outreach, the festival presents a pair of free masterclasses on Saturday, August 4, through which the audience may witness the special and intimate process of faculty artists working closely to guide the young performers of the 2018 MMF Young Artists Program. Violist Helen Callus and cellist Edward Arron are the featured master teachers for the week, and their classes will take place at 11:00AM (Callus) and 1:30PM (Arron) at the Manchester Community Library.

The Manchester Music Festival Young Artists Program is a full scholarship, five-week intensive chamber music festival for string players and pianists, ages 18-26. They conclude their slate of summer performances and Manchester residency on Sunday, August 5 at 2:00PM at Southern Vermont Arts Center. Support the next wave of international musicians. Tickets are just $10.

At Southern Vermont Arts Center, on Thursday, August 9, at 7:30PM, MMF presents world-class guest artists in works by Franz Schubert and Ernest Chausson. Festival Artistic Director Adam Neiman is joined on stage by violinist Arnaud Sussmann and the Escher String Quartet. A former teaching assistant of Itzhak Perlman, Sussmann is a winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006. The Escher String Quartet perform regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and have been praised for their recordings by Gramophone Magazine, Strad Magazine, and The Guardian, including garnering the accolade of “Classical CD of the Year.” Tickets are $33 for adults and $15 for students. 

Preceding the 7:30PM main concert, don't miss Neiman performing a free Pre-Concert Recital at Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion at 4:30PM, playing Schubert’s Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959. Then, following the Pre-Concert Recital, join him at Yester House for one of MMF’s popular free Pre-Concert Talks at 6:45PM.

To cap an epic musical summer, Saturday, August 11, MMF presents one of its most popular annual events, An Orchestral Evening. This year, the orchestra will include more artists than ever seen before. They will be led by Maestro Michael Stern, Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony. The program includes Grieg’s “Holberg” Suite for Strings, Op. 40, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 33, and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52. Cellist Bion Tsang, in his second MMF appearance, will be the evening’s featured solo artist. Tsang, a Grammy Award nominee and bronze medal winner at the Tchaikovsky International Competition, will be featured in Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. The performance is at 7:30PM at Southern Vermont Arts Center, and tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for students. 

To purchase tickets, and for more information, visit the MMF website at, or call (802) 362-1956.