Fairs and Festivals

Once again, it’s that lovely and amazing time of year: summer. After a terribly long, icy winter and slow-starting spring, the sun is shining — and the region is bursting with events ripe for the picking. Whether you’re looking for quality theater, classical music, family fun, or anything in between (and we do mean anything — classic motorcycles, anyone?), there’s a fair or festival somewhere in the Valley to help you celebrate the season


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Maverick ConcertsThe Maverick Concerts present first-class chamber music in a rustic concert hall built in 1916

Photograph by Dion Ogust

Maverick Concerts

July 4-Sept. 6

Since 1916, Maverick Concerts, the country’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival, has been presenting the best of classical repertoire in an enchanted woodland setting in Woodstock. Far removed from the austere and formal settings in which the material was initially performed, these concerts in the hand-built 1916 Maverick Concert Hall offer a welcome departure from the expected. This year’s programming focuses on the work of Hungarians Joseph Haydn, Bela Bartok, and Johannes Brahms. It is Haydn’s bicentennial year, and his story is one for the times, according to Music Director Alexander Platt: “Haydn too survived his share of economic hardships in Hapsburg, Austria. But, like Duke Ellington, he always kept the band together — an inspiration for me, joining all our great volunteers in keeping Maverick going through thick and thin.”

The season features performances by the Tokyo String Quartet, the Janaki String Trio, violin virtuoso Timothy Fain, the Shanghai Quartet, the Maverick Chamber Players with pianist Frederic Chiu, and many others. Local folk favorites Mike and Ruthy Merenda, and Elizabeth Mitchell and Family also appear on the Concert Hall stage. And there are four Young People’s Concerts on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. For more detailed schedule information, visit www.maverickconcerts.org.


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