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Chamber musicians return for 4th festival

The Middlebury Chamber Music Festival returns for its fourth year of in Middlebury. The festival will include a concert series at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, a chamber music workshop hosted by the Middlebury Community Music Center and several free community events.
The opening concert, Saturday, June 30, from 7-8:30 p.m., features NYC Ballet orchestra virtuoso players Arturo Delmoni (violin) and Peter Sanders (cello) along with locals Cynthia Huard (piano), Emily Sunderman (violin) and Elizabeth Reid (viola). The group will play a diverse program featuring chamber works by composers Haydn, Alessandro Rolla, Ravel, Schumann and Tchaikovsky at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS), 2 Duane Court, Middlebury.
The following night, Sunday, July 1, MarcOlivia (violinist Olivia Hajioff and violist Marc Ramirez) from Washington, D.C., will be joined by violinist Jonathan and cellist Miho Weber from New York, N.Y., for a concert of duets and string quartets featuring works by Shostakovich, Kodaly, Alfred Schnittke, Beethoven and Mozart. This concert is also from 7-8:30 p.m. at CVUUS.
Concerts will not be the only offering at the festival. Community members and participants in the Middlebury Music Festival Chamber Music Workshop may sign up for a private lesson with cellist Miho Weber or violinist Jon Weber on Friday morning, June 29, before the workshop begins. You can reserve a lesson time by going to the festival website at middleburychambermusicfestival.com/private-lesson-registration. The lessons will take place at the Middlebury Community Music Center.
COMMUNITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA READING
Community players and participants in the Middlebury Music Festival Chamber Music Workshop join together to read chamber orchestra pieces on Friday, June 29, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Selections include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Handel Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 6. The event is free and open to all community string players. Bring your instrument and a stand the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Unity Hall on North Pleasant Street in Middlebury to participate.
Then on Sunday morning, July 1, from 10 a.m.-noon, musicians are invited to reimagine and refresh their practice routine with tips, strategies and stories by world-renowned teachers and virtuosic players, violinist Arturo Delmoni and cellist Peter Sanders. This session is free and open to the public and will be held at Community Barn at 44 Main Street in Middlebury.
To wrap up the festival activities for the community, an open rehearsal by participants in the Middlebury Music Festival Chamber Music Workshop will take place at the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Unity Hall on Monday, July 2, from 12:15-1 p.m. The rehearsal is free and open to all.

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