MANCHESTER >> Tickets are now on sale for the Manchester Music Festival's 42nd concert season which opens on Thursday evening July 7 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavilion.

"We are offering music from Brahms to Duke Ellington as well as two world premieres, vocalists, choral singing and a full symphony orchestra performance," said Ariel Rudiakov, the Festival's artistic director. "It's going to be an exciting season."

The theme for this year's concert series is Synergies. "What is chamber music if not a synergy, the combined efforts of musicians performing a broad selection of compositions individually and with each other," Rudiakov said in a recent interview.

On the playbill this summer will be the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Ellington "and even a splash of Klezmer music," Rudiakov said. "This summer's musical palette is indeed rich."

In addition to the Thursday night concerts music lovers will be treated to the Monday night chamber music concerts performed by the ever-popular members of the Festival's full-scholarship Young Artists program. Opening night for these upcoming stars of the classical music world is at 7 p.m. on July 11 at the Riley Center of the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy. Tickets are $10 for adults, students and children free.


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The July 7 concert is "If It Sounds Good," taken from Duke Ellington's famous quotation, "If it sounds good, it is good." "We will start with Brahms and conclude with the spirit and panache of 'The Duke,'" Rudiakov said.

That concert will be followed by "Flirting with Fusion" on July 14, a special concert devoted to the vision and entrepreneurship of the Female Business Owners of Manchester. Next is "Red, White, Yellow & Blue" on July 21, a tribute to the bright musical colors of the great composers of Russia and Armenia. "Handel to Modern" will be performed on July 28, featuring Mozart, Handel and the world premiere of an original composition by Steven Dankner; The Aug. 4 concert, "Around the World with Music," on Aug. 4, spans three centuries of music and features a second world premiere. The closing concert, on Aug. 11, showcases the Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera.

Live on stage will be a star-studded cast of musicians and vocalists. They include winners of prestigious awards and prizes, including the Van Cliburn Competition, Juilliard's Gina Bachauer Award, a Gilmore Young Artist Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions.

Season subscriptions and individual tickets, as well as complete concert information are available on the Festival website, mmfvt.org. and by calling the Festival office at 802-362-1956.