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Joan Tower

‘Barn Raising” opens Weekend of Chamber Music festival

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — This year’s Weekend of Chamber Music (WCM) Summer Festival will open with a “Barn Raising” at the Eddie Adams Farm on Saturday, July 14 at 5 p.m. The concert will feature music by Bach, Sollima, Vieuxtemps, Waggoner, music of North Africa and Medieval Provence, and poems by Rumi, William Carlos Williams, Mary Oliver and more. It will be followed by a multi-course tasting menu riffing on themes from the Levant, Central and South Asia, and the American South.

The event is just the opening salvo for a two-week festival during which concerts will take place at venues around the county including the Liberty Museum and Arts Center (July 15 at 4 p.m.), and the Catskill Distilling Company (Thursday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., with a “Music Talks” rehearsal that features the music of and discussion with composer-in-residence Joan Tower). The concluding concert is a double this year, being performed first at the traditional location, the Eddie Adams Barn, on Saturday, July 29 at 8 p.m., and then being repeated the next day at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA at 4 p.m.

Of Tower, this year’s composer-in-residence, WCM’s website says, “[Her] music is noted for a number of defining qualities: driving rhythms and colourful orchestrations influenced by the sounds and sensations of a childhood spent in South America; approachability for listeners and players alike, resulting from her engagement with the performers of her music (often written with specific musicians in mind) and her own performances as a pianist and conductor.”

For a full listing of concerts and to buy tickets, visit www.wcmcon

WHEN: Opening concert July 14 at 5 p.m.; for others see website

WHERE: Opening concert Eddie Adams Farm, 247 Jeffersonville North Branch Rd.; others vary, see website

COST: Free for students; for others cost varies from free to $120 (for “Barn Raising,” including tasting menu) depending on concert



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