By John Hammer
Vermont summers bring us beautiful mild weather and a broad spectrum of great musical choices. For the past 45 years, Mel Kaplan, founder of the original Vermont Mozart Festival, has put together classical music offerings of the highest quality.
This summer, he plans to offer three intimate chamber music concerts on three Fridays in July and August.
Chamber music is defined as that which has been composed for small groups of instruments. Accordingly, it was for a group that could fit in a palace chamber or large room. For that reason, two of these concerts will be played in private homes and one in the music space of the Shelburne Vineyard.
The first concert on July 6 will be held at Fox Horn Farms in Charlotte and will feature two Mozart piano quartets. This concert will give listeners the opportunity to hear chamber music as it was written to be heard.
The second will be held in the capacious living room at the home of Bill Racolin and Alison Williamson in Charlotte on Aug. 3. This concert will include three Mozart flute quartets played principally by Jennifer Grim. She is a professor of music at the University of Las Vegas and has been a crowd favorite in Vermont for many years.
The last concert will be Aug. 10 at Shelburne Vineyard featuring three Mozart quintets, one each featuring an oboe, a clarinet, and a French horn. These quintets, heard in the Vineyard’s spaces, are not to be missed, as the players are all top quality drawn from Kaplan’s wide sources of musical talent, such as the New York Chamber Soloists.
The old saying is that if you can weather a Vermont winter, you deserve a Vermont summer. And it’s also true for top music such as these upcoming performances.
Seating for each of these concerts is limited to 35 and are available now. Tickets for each concert are $50, or purchase a seat for the whole series for $100. For information and tickets, call 425-2209 or email Melvinkaplan29@gmail.com.
Classical music lover John Hammer lives and writes at Wake Robin in Shelburne.