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Monadnock Music partners with MacDowell Colony in 2013 season

  • Soprano Barbara Quintiliani will sing at the Peterborough Town House on July 20.

    Soprano Barbara Quintiliani will sing at the Peterborough Town House on July 20.

  • Pianist Anthony De Mare plays music based on works by Stephen Sondheim, the 2013 Edward MacDowell Medalist, on August 10 at the Peterborough Town House.

    Pianist Anthony De Mare plays music based on works by Stephen Sondheim, the 2013 Edward MacDowell Medalist, on August 10 at the Peterborough Town House.

  • Artistic Director Gil Rose leads the Monadnock Sinfonietta in Norman Dello Joio's "Diversion of Angels" for the opening of Monadnock Music's 47th season on Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Peterborough Town House.<br/><br/>Photo by Michael J. Lutch

    Artistic Director Gil Rose leads the Monadnock Sinfonietta in Norman Dello Joio's "Diversion of Angels" for the opening of Monadnock Music's 47th season on Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Peterborough Town House.

    Photo by Michael J. Lutch

  • Soprano Barbara Quintiliani will sing at the Peterborough Town House on July 20.
  • Pianist Anthony De Mare plays music based on works by Stephen Sondheim, the 2013 Edward MacDowell Medalist, on August 10 at the Peterborough Town House.
  • Artistic Director Gil Rose leads the Monadnock Sinfonietta in Norman Dello Joio's "Diversion of Angels" for the opening of Monadnock Music's 47th season on Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Peterborough Town House.<br/><br/>Photo by Michael J. Lutch

Monadnock Music’s 2013 summer music festival opens July 14 with vocalist Michael Maniaci joining Artistic Director Gil Rose and the Monadnock Music Festival Orchestra at the Peterborough Town House for an all-Mozart program highlighting operatic roles written specifically for the male soprano.

A specialist in this repertoire, Maniaci’s 2010 recording with Boston Baroque debuted at No. 13 on U.S. Billboard Charts.

A total of 19 concerts take place throughout the Monadnock region in historic meeting houses and churches this summer through Aug. 25.

The season features seven ticketed concerts at the Peterborough Town House, 11 free Village Concerts and an outdoor concert with fireworks.

Monadnock Music partners with the MacDowell Colony throughout the season with connections to music and literature. Stephen Sondheim, whose music inspires the Monadnock Music program on August 10, is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 MacDowell Colony Medal, which will be presented on the following day. On August 10, Anthony De Mare performs selections from “The Liaisons Project: Composers Re-Imagining Sondheim for the Piano,” featuring solo piano works based on music by Sondheim and written by leading composers, including Steve Reich, William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, Jason Robert Brown and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Included is music inspired by songs from such popular musicals as “Company,” “Follies,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Sunday in the Park with George.” Interspersed with the music are video interviews with the composers.

Works by composers in residence at MacDowell will be featured in Village Concerts throughout the summer.

Eleven free Village Concerts take place in historic meeting houses and churches throughout the Monadnock region. These concerts, funded by voluntary donations, give all residents the opportunity to enjoy music of the highest quality in venues noted for their beauty and acoustics. At these concerts, Monadnock Music presents members of its orchestra, along with guest artists and ensembles.

The summer includes a survey of chamber music by Horatio William Parker (1863 – 1919), the influential American composer, organist and teacher.

The season concludes with an outdoor concert and fireworks display on Aug. 25 at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. Rose will lead the Monadnock Music Wind Ensemble in “Music for Pines & Mountains.” Andy Vores’s “Grand Monadnock Measures, commissioned for the concert, will have its world premiere.

Now in his second year as artistic director, Rose has assembled a season that continues the new artistic journey on which the organization embarked in the 2012 season.

“What Gil and I have tried to do in our second season together at Monadnock Music is to pack as much vision, diversity, and artistry into what is still a very intimate and informal festival, with a distinctly New England style,” says Monadnock Music Executive Director William Chapman.

Rose adds, “It’s an incredible privilege to present such a diverse array of music. There’s everything from a modern opera set in Peterborough and music inspired by Stephen Sondheim to an outdoor band concert with fireworks. Of course, we continue to feature music by such beloved composers as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert — but always within a context that excites and challenges audiences.”

Tickets go on sale on May 8. Individual tickets range from $22 to $32. Subscription packages with discounts off the full ticket price will be available starting May 8. For a full season brochure, see www.monadnockmusic.org or call 924-7610.

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