Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the great pleasure of working with colleagues over at WGBH in Boston. Their new New England Summer Festival series began on June 4th with a program on Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival, now celebrating its 60th year.
The idea behind the series is to get a personally guided audio tour and some insight into some of the great seasonal music festivals in the region: Rockport, Monadnock, Cape Cod, Newport…there aren’t enough weeks in the year for all of the possible destinations!
This past weekend with a little description and a fair amount of musical imagination I hosted a program that brought listeners to the Yellow Barn School and Festival in Putney, VT. It’s been an institution in the region since the 1960s, since cellist and Manhattan School of Music professor David Wells opened his home as a summer retreat for his students. Cellist Seth Knopp has since succeeded Wells in the role of Artistic Director, and is renowned as much for his own playing as his adventurous programming, and devotion to the Festival’s youth programs.
I don’t want to give too much away. You can listen to the program online here, and we’ll also be broadcasting it on VPR Classical the evening of July 27th at 8pm EDT. I hope you enjoy listening to the program at least as much as I did working on it. Big thanks to Alan McLellan and Ben Roe and the folks at GBH for the chance to share a bit of Vermont at its musical best, with the rest of the world.