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Musical Cutting Edge at Music Mountain

by Kevin T. McEneaney
Wed Jun 1st, 2016

Violist Nadia Sirota. Photo by Samantha West.

This Saturday afternoon, 5 pm, at Music Mountain, Peter Askim will conduct musicians of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists in a concert that features work by living composers. Violist Nadia Sirota, a Peabody Award winner (for her radio program Meet the Composers) headlines the event. Askim composes, conducts, and plays bass. For local music enthusiasts this free concert will be played at Gordon Hall and then repeated in Manhattan the following evening at (Le) Poison Rouge, formerly the Village Gate. This exciting program of contemporary composes includes:

Aleksandra VrebalovEcholocations (World Premiere)

Judd GreensteinThe Night Gatherers
Derek BermelSoul Garden 
Peter Askim: As Glaciers Thaw…
Christopher Theofanidis: Visions and Miracles 

With over twenty string players, Vrebalov's premiere will position players at three strategic locations to exploit the wonderful acoustics at Gordon Hall.

Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Peter Askim, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is an immersive one-week residency for young (20-30 years old) professional string players focused on musical exploration, entrepreneurial thinking, and contemporary performance. This program, in its fourth year, permits emerging artists of talent to study under the guidance of leading international soloists like cellist Matt Haimovitz, ETHEL (a current Manhattan string quartet devoted to contemporary music), cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and violist Nadia Sirota. This concert concludes the week-long program of study and rehearsal by these talented performers. The weather promises to cooperate for this unusual event.

Check out my interview with Peter Askim in our Features Section, as well as a YouTube video of Askim conducting below this article.

On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm Music Mountain’s 87th season opens with the renowned Emerson String Quartet, playing Haydn (D Minor, Opus 76#2), Beethoven (C Major, Opus 18#2)  and Schubert (G major, Opus 161). There are still some tickets available by phone at 860-824-7126 or on the web at

After the concert the audience is invited to a reception to celebrate Music Mountain's 87th year.