Summer Sontina starts weekly concerts


BENNINGTON -- Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp has opened up its 45th season to 40 young pianists between the ages of 7 and 16. Students attending the overnight live-in camp come from as far away as Russia, Turkey, Japan, Venezuela and Alaska.

Founded in 1969 by Rosamond and the late Rein van der Linde, it is now directed by eldest daughter, Polly van der Linde. Forty pianists practice three hours a day on the 30 pianos that are tucked into every nook and cranny in the large gray mansion in Old Bennington. A cacophony of music can be heard daily, wafting through the rooms, halls and windows of the house. Recreational activities, lessons, classes and trips to Tanglewood and Saratoga round out the program.

Every Thursday evening throughout the five-week season, from June 26 through July 24, young pianists will perform a free concert at the Bennington Center for the Arts. These concerts will highlight piano repertoire from Bach to Copland and original compositions written by the students. In addition, the Summer Sonatina Singers, a vocal ensemble directed by Sonatina Faculty Member, Matt Edwards, will perform three contrasting songs.

Summer Sonatina livestreams the concerts so that parents, relatives and interested audience members all over the world can watch the concert on the Sonatina website at Clicking on the tab "Sonatina Live" will bring you to the video screen.

Despite the ease of watching the concerts livestreamed, the Sonatina young pianists enjoy and welcome hearing applause from audiences sitting in the seats of the Bennington Center for the Arts, located on Gypsy Lane. Join us on June 26th at 6 p.m., for a free concert. Refreshments will be served after the concert. For further information, call 802-442-9197.


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