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Manhattan in the Mountains® Closes Out Summer 2017 Calendar With Exciting New Performances

August 8, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Manhattan in the Mountains®, a program of the Catskill Mountain Foundation, which offers highly personalized, rigorous musical training in solo and chamber music brings its summer 2017 series of programs and performances to a close. Nestled in the Catskill Mountains two hours from New York City, the program provides a uniquely individual approach to developing musicianship.

Student groups perform at various concert venues in the community, featuring violinists, violists, cellists, and pianists, ages 13 and up, working under the guidance of an internationally renowned faculty. Events, which take place at the Doctorow Center, began on July 24, and run through Saturday, August 12.  Events include student and faculty concerts, weekly lectures led by musicologist Dr. Jeffrey Langford on the topics ofGounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Mozart & Haydn, Anxiety of Influence, and a Shai Wosner masterclass recital. On August 5 at 8p.m., Manhattan in the Mountains Faculty will present Five Easy Pieces (Or Not…) with works by Dvorak, Schumann, Beach, Dohnanyi, and Franck.

Established in 2012 by Dr. Joanne Polk and Dr. Jeffrey Langford, Manhattan in the Mountains offers a minimum of two private lessons and two chamber coachings per week, daily chamber music rehearsals, and three to five hours of scheduled practice time every day.

“Much of the focus is on developing technical instrumental skills, as well as learning ensemble playing techniques in small groups both with and without piano,” says Dr. Jeffrey Langford, “These ensembles mix students with assistant faculty cellists and violists to give them the experience of working with and being directly inspired by professional players.”

Dr. Jeffrey Langford, who serves as the administrative director of Music History, received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the music history faculty of Manhattan School of Music in 1982, after teaching at Skidmore College for six years. He presently serves as chair of the music history department and as assistant dean of doctoral studies.

Artistic Director and Pianist Dr. Joanne Polk gained recognition through her recordings of the complete piano works of American composer Amy Beach. Polk received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School, and her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Manhattan School of Music. She has given her master classes at many summer programs and universities across the country, including Summit Music Festival, and currently serves as a member of the piano faculty of Manhattan School of Music.

Manhattan in the Mountains stresses the importance of bringing the joy of music to local audiences of all ages. Admission is either free of charge, or tickets can be purchased ahead at discounted price ($25 / $20 / $7) for select performances through the Catskill Mountain Foundation website. For more information about Manhattan in the Mountains schedule of events, please visit Catskill Mountain Foundation.

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