Letter from Artistic Director Rafael Popper-Keizer
I look forward to the coming season with a deep sense of joy and gratitude. For seventeen years, Monadnock Music has been an integral part of my life and one of the primary catalysts for my growth as an artist and musician. It has also been an indelible part of my family's life: my wife and I have watched our children grow up every summer in the Monadnock region, from infancy to young adulthood. As I consider how much Monadnock Music means to me, I am filled with admiration for this festival's magnificent history - and tremendous enthusiasm for its future.
For our 55th season, I can promise a vibrant and glorious summer, with the brilliant artists, profoundly meaningful music, and commitment to excellence that have become synonymous with Monadnock Music since its inception. This July we showcase one of the crown jewels of the classical repertoire: Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Maestro Gil Rose, in a performance that will honor the vision and dedication of our founder, James Bolle. In addition, our summer season will be punctuated with several exciting special events. Our salon concerts offer the opportunity to hear chamber music up close in a truly intimate setting, while our club concerts provide an offbeat, out-of-the-box experience. As ever, the heart of our season is the Village Concert series. Our core mission has always been to bring free concerts featuring world-class artists to the towns and villages of the Monadnock region, and I am very proud to say that we are presenting both a broader and deeper series this summer, with ten carefully curated concerts that feature a wider diversity of instrumental and vocal ensembles.
Looking ahead to future seasons, I am excited to have the opportunity to present chamber music concerts on a grander, more lavish scale. The beautiful acoustics of the Peterborough Town Hall, along with Monadnock Music's long history in Peterborough, make the Town Hall the perfect choice to stage concerts with an element of the spectacular. I'm dreaming up programs with mixed octets, vocal quartets with two-piano accompaniment, amplified piano trio, string sextets with voice, percussion ensembles, chamber concerti, cantatas - you name it, and I'm researching it! Our other primary initiative will be to continue to add even greater dimension to the Village Concert series, with more musicians in residence, which means even more variety of ensemble combinations and possibilities on every concert, and a richer experience for our patrons.
The focus of our programming at Monadnock Music remains, as ever, to both celebrate the universally beloved and to illuminate the forgotten, neglected, and undiscovered. It is an honor and a pleasure to share our music, new and old, with all of you. Thank you for your support - I hope to see you soon.