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Free Variations WCM Summer Music Festival 2018

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Upper Delaware Valley

Jeffersonville, NY 12748

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Weekend of Chamber Music’s 25th season Free Variations is here

July 14-29, 2018

This year’s festival, Free Variations, explores variation-as-form and invites Pulitzer Prize-winning composer in residence Joan Tower to the Catskills. Known internationally for music that is wildly colorful and rhythmically propulsive, Ms. Tower is one of the most important and widely-performed composers of her generation. We are programming music that is constantly transforming, running through the ancient and archetypal process of variation, with works of Bach, Amy Beach, Beethoven, Marais, Schumann, Steve Reich, and featuring the Clarinet Quintet of Mozart, one of the greatest and most-beloved works in the classical tradition.

Joining forces with WCM for the Summer Festival will be composer Joan Tower. Tower was the first composer chosen for a Ford Made in America consortium commission of sixty-five orchestras. Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony recorded Made in America in 2008 (along with Tambor and Concerto for Orchestra). The album collected three Grammy awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Classical Album, and Best Orchestral Performance. Joan Tower wrote the Quintet Rising and solo work Valentine Trills for flutist Carol Wincenc, who will perform them July 19 and 21, 2018.


Saturday July 14 at 5pm: Summer Festival Opening Benefit, Eddie Adams Barn, Jeffersonville, NY

Summery Classics and a Fabulous Tasting Menu!

Paganini: Variations on Nel cor più non mi sento; Beethoven: Variations on Bei Männern, Diabelli Variations


Sunday, July 15 at 4pm: WCM at the Liberty Museum, Liberty, NY

Music of Tower; Bach; Marin Marais; and Improvisations; Marais, La Folia; Mozart, Variation movement from the string trio divertimento


Thursday, July 19 at 7:30pm: MusicTalks! Catskill Distilling Company, Bethel, NY;

Music and Discussion with Joan Tower: Tower: Wings; Valentine Trills; Platinum Spirals


Friday, July 20 at 7pm: Free Open Rehearsal with Composer-In-Residence Joan Tower, Eddie Adams Barn, Jeffersonville, NY

Music of Tower and Mozart


Saturday, July 21 at 8pm: Barn Concert, Eddie Adams Barn, Jeffersonville, NY;

Biber, Passacaglia in g; 1st improv on a theme; Tower, Rising; 2nd improv on a theme; Mozart, Clarinet Quintet


Thursday, July 26 at 7:30pm: WCM at the Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY

Improv on theme (variation demonstration); Marais, La Folia; Biber, Paganini, Bach, Goldberg Variations for string trio w/fractal video


Friday, July 27 at 7pm: Chamber Music Fellows Performance, Eddie Adams Barn, Jeffersonville, NY

New Music by WCM Chamber Music Fellows


Saturday, July 28 at 8pm: Gala Barn Concert, Eddie Adams Barn, Jeffersonville, NY

Schumann, Abegg Variations; Messiaen, Louange à l’immortalité; Tower, Très lent and companion; Reich, Piano Phase; Piano Trio in G, no. 39, Gypsy Rondo


Sunday, July 29 at 4pm: WCM at the Cooperage, Honesdale, PA

Schumann, Abegg Variations; Messiaen, Louange à l’immortalité; Tower, Très lent and companion; Reich, Piano Phase; Haydn, Piano Trio in G, no. 39, Gypsy Rondo



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