Friday June 28, 2013

BENNINGTON -- The Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp in Old Bennington will be celebrating its 44th year this summer. The overnight piano camp provides a unique and challenging experience for young pianists of all levels, ages seven to sixteen. Students are encouraged to become dedicated musicians who develop resourcefulness, thoughtfulness and self discipline. In addition to serious piano study, lessons, masterclasses and singing, campers have a chance to enjoy recreational outdoor activities, as well as take a weekly excursion to performances at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Tanglewood.

This year’s 150 students have traveled across the continent, around the world, and in some cases, just down the block to attend. Parents of participants often enjoy staying in the area where they have time to frequent local shops and restaurants.

Since 1969 when Rosamond and the late Rein van der Linde first opened their home to campers, Summer Sonatina faculty has supported an extended-family atmosphere. Daughter, Polly van der Linde, is the current director and continues that tradition today.

Summer Sonatina will live stream the concerts so that audiences around the world can hear music from Bach to Copland. Streaming can be found on the Sonatina website at www.sonatina.com. Despite the ease of watching online, the young pianists welcome hearing applause from those sitting in the concert hall seating.

Students will be performing every Thursday, June 27th through July 25th at 6:00pm at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Gypsy Lane and Route 9W. Concerts are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served immediately after the concert.

For more information, call 802-442-9197 or email piano@sonatina.com