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May 25, 2010

Tannery Pond Concerts Commence on May 29

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<p>The Tannery (Leslie Techoltz photo)</p>

The Tannery (Leslie Teicholtz photo)

BMInt is offering a series of notices on the summer concert series and festivals in attractive sites that we believe will be of interest to our readers. The concert schedules are listed in our Calendar of Events.

Twenty years ago, Tannery Pond Concerts in New Lebanon, New York, had its inaugural season in the beautiful wooden post-and-beam 19th-century Shaker building that once was a tannery. The concert series has been there ever since.

Tannery Pond Concerts presents a season of six to seven chamber concerts between May and October on the grounds of the former Mount Lebanon Shaker community and Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY, just over the border from Pittsfield, MA. Concert-goers to Tanglewood could easily include a side trip to Tannery Pond. The aim of artistic director Christian Steiner when the series started was to present young talent working to establish a performing career as well as to bring established world-class performers to our community. The performers who have filled the Tannery these last 20 years read like a Who’s Who in the classical music hall of fame:  Midori, Jessye Norman, Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo, Jeremy Denk, Maria Joao Pires, Stephen Hough, Richard Goode, Roberto Diaz, Carter Brey, Christopher O’Riley, David Finckel, Christine Brewer, Ben Heppner, Susan Graham, Maureen O’Flynn, Todd Palmer, Paula Robison, the Borromeao, Emerson, Lark and St. Lawrence String Quartets to name but a very few.

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Christian Steiner photo

Built in 1834, the Tannery seats 290, a perfect size for chamber concerts of all kinds. The Brentano Quartet will perform the first concert on May 29 at 6 p.m. Also scheduled for this summer are Paula Robison, Romero Lubambo & Cyro Baptista Trio, Jeremy Denk, Kirill Gerstein, Vivica Genaux & Craig Rutenberg, Jennifer Frautschi, Eric Rusk, & Pedja Muzijevic, and Alon Goldstein with actors, Robert Ian Mackenzie, Markus Hirnigel & Stephanie Schmiederer.

Other concerts are on June 19, July 3, July 31, August 14, September 4, and September 25.  Full programs are listed in our Upcoming Events.

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