Summer Fairs & Festivals in Hudson Valley, Upstate NY 2012

Summer’s in full swing, and the Valley is buzzing with events for all ages


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maverick concertsPhotograph by Dion Ogust

Maverick Concerts, Woodstock NY

(June 30-Sept. 16)

America’s oldest continuous chamber music festival presents its 97th summer series, entitled “Tour de France: Celebrating the Anniversaries of Debussy, Ravel, and Philip Glass,” under the direction of Music Director Alexander Platt. Highlights of the season, which takes place at the equally historic and rustic Maverick Concert Hall, include the new-music ensemble Sequitur and mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger in La Bonne Chanson — a pairing of Ravel’s poems with a new song cycle by Harvard’s Fromm Music Foundation (Sept. 1); young Paris-based quartet Quatuor Ébène, which offers two full-length programs — one jazz-based, the other classical (Aug. 18-19); and a presentation of “Standing on Ceremony,” a free evening of short plays on same-sex marriage by A-list writers including Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winners (June 30).

The Tokyo, Shanghai, Leipzig, and Amernet String Quartets are all back this summer, along with singers Andrew Garland and Nancy Allen Lundy; pianists Frederic Chiu, Andrew Russo, and Ilya Yakushev; cellist Zuill Bailey; violinist Tim Fain; and the wind quintet Imani, just to name a few. $25, $5 students, children under 12 free; 845-679-8217 or

» Next fest: Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, Phoenicia (Aug. 2-5)


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