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May 16, 2014

Honest Brook Music Festival to mark 26th year

The Honest Brook Music Festival announced its 26th Summer Season of classical music concerts on Honest Brook Road in Meredith.

The season will opens with the Dorian Wind Quintet at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12, performing a program of Bach, Dvorak and Martinu, with guest pianist Michael Cannon.  Celebrating its 52nd Anniversary Season, the Dorian Wind Quintet is consistently recognized for its polished and passionate performances, and esteemed internationally by professional musicians and audiences alike, according to a media release. Since its formation at Tanglewood in 1961, the Dorian Wind Quintet has performed in the world’s most renowned concert halls, presenting repertoire that ranges from the Baroque to Pulitzer Prize-winning commissions. The Dorian Wind Quintet has served as the resident ensemble for several institutions, including New York City’s Hunter College, Mannes College of Music, Brooklyn College and the State University of New York system. Cannon, the festival’s artistic director and co-founder, has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras in London, Amsterdam, The Hague, Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19, the Eaken Piano Trio will perform a program of Loillet, Brahms and Piazolla. The Trio will celebrating its 28th year in 2014. It has traveled extensively throughout America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. It were “Artists in Residence” for 10 years at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and have held residencies at many other colleges and universities. The ensemble has 12 commercial CDs under the Naxos, Catalpa Classics, and Con Brio labels. Its “Home for the Holidays” CD was nominated for a Grammy. The Trio’s two NPR programs titled “Home for the Holidays” have been aired on more than 100 stations during the last 14 holiday seasons. 

The season will continue at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, with pianist Ji. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” 22-year-old Ji’s  career began at the age of 10, when he was the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition, resulting in a performance at Avery Fisher Hall under Maestro Kurt Masur. This year, Ji made his New York recital debut at Merkin Hall and his Washington, D.C., debut at the Kennedy Center on the Young Concert Artists Series. Ji performed at Korea’s first outdoor classical concert as soloist with the BBC Symphony under Jirí Belohlávek. As a winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ji was also honored with seven YCA prizes.

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