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‘Crossings’ summer festival ready to go

July 2, 2014

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) will begin its 21st festival Crossings in the Catskills from July 12 to 26. The festival consists of eight events including concerts; social soirées; talks; interactions with audience; a renowned composer-in-residence; and for the first time, dancers and a brand new Chamber Music Immersion program for pre-professional musicians.

In their second year as artistic co-directors, cellist Caroline Stinson and composer Andrew Waggoner have planned a wide variety of music from all eras. They will bring classical improvisation and another composer to the WCM stage, and have lined up 15 performing artists from around the county to join them this year. Among the musicians traveling to the area are violinist Michael Lim and violist Melia Watras of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet; clarinetist Pavel Vinnitsky of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; a perennial favorite pianist and recording artist Tannis Gibson; and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran.

The first Crossings concert program will be held at two venues: a preview performance Saturday, July 12 at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA, and the next concert on Sunday, July 13 officially kicks things off with an outdoor concert on the lawn at the Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville.

MusicTalks! evenings are an up close look at the music and people behind the festival. Waggoner moderates an evening with Shulamit Ran, discussing the composer-in-residence’s work, and with some of the festival artists performing her music. This event is Thursday, July 17 at the Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel. The second MusicTalks! event features dancers Donlin Foreman and Jennifer Emerson joining the musicians for a music and dance improv collaboration on Thursday, July 24 at the Old North Branch Inn in North Branch.

Crossings Main Stage concerts are Saturdays July 19 and July 26 at the Eddie Adams Barn in Jeffersonville. The music of Brahms, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Ran, Waggoner, and meet-the-artist receptions are part of these summer evenings at the barn.

Tickets cost from $10 to $30, but WCM always offers young people 18 and under free admission. And everyone gets in free at two festival events: the Callicoon Farmers’ Market on Sunday, July 20, offering a few program and improv samples, and a free, open rehearsal on Friday, July 25, featuring music from the season’s grand finale concert.