Manchester Music Festival presents classic music for a brand new year

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MANCHESTER—The Manchester Music Festival is ringing in the new year with music from Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and more.

The annual family friendly New Year's Eve concert will feature new MMF artistic director and pianist Adam Neiman and guest artists baritone Randall Scarlata and Haven String Quartet.

"The Manchester Music Festival is like a family to me, and I feel privileged to have the pleasure of spending my New Year's Eve celebrating amongst beloved colleagues, friends, and a supportive community," Neiman said. "The music I have programmed will be beautiful, exciting, celebratory, and inspiring - I can think of no better way to begin a new chapter than to ring in 2017 with the Manchester Music Festival."

The Haven String Quartet hails from Connecticut and serves as the resident ensemble at Music Haven, an after-school arts organization. The group has been mentioned in the New York Times, NPR and they advocate for tuition-free music and performance education for 80 area children, according to a release from MMF.

It's comprised of violinist Yaira Matyakubova, cellist Philip Boulanger, violinist Gregory Tompkins, viola player Annalisa Boerner.

Scarlata has performed on numerous stages across the world including Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia, along with accompanying the Pittsburgh and Minnesota Orchestras and the San Francisco, American, Sydney, Ulster, Tonkunstler, National, New World and BBC symphonies, according to his website. His musical spectrum involves four centuries and 16 languages. He's also placed first in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Das Schubert Lied International Competition in Vienna, the Joy in Singing Competition in New York and many more.

"This event marks the MMF debut of Randall Scarlata and the Haven Quartet, and I expect that the audience will be amazed by the level of singing and playing that they will bring," Neiman said. "The featured artists are all friends and colleagues, most of whom I've worked with on numerous occasions. They are all superstars of the classical music world, and I am honored that they have agreed to be a part of this event."

The one hour show will present a combination of solo, duets, trios, quartets and quintets with all the performers. Neiman said his wife, pianist Ariella Mak-Neiman, will also perform with him.

Tickets cost $30 for adults, $13 for students and children under 18. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets at the door, online at mmfvt.org or by calling 802-362-1956. It will take place at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village.

Reach staff writer Makayla-Courtney McGeeney at 802-490-6471 or @MC_McGeeney.


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