In 2015, Maverick Concerts celebrates its landmark
100th season in the historic 1916 hall.
As vigorous and vital as it was the day the festival was conceived by its founder, Hervey White, Maverick presents a brilliant season of Music in the Woods and has commissioned works from four esteemed composers, to celebrate the centennial with four world premieres.
JUNE 27: The veteran percussion group NEXUS opens the season with Peter Schickele’s
Percussion Sonata No. 3, “Maverick.”*
JULY 7: Guitarist and composer Frederic Hand and flutist Paula Robison perform a
new piece by Maestro Hand.
AUGUST 30: A new work by Russell Platt receives its world premiere by the
Borromeo String Quartet.
SEPTEMBER 13: The American String Quartet bring the platinum jubilee to a joyous
conclusion with George Tsontakis’ String Quartet 7.5 (Maverick).**
The oldest summer chamber music series in America, the Maverick has served as the blueprint
for all others that followed. Maverick Concerts preserves Hervey White’s vision, and we honor and sustain his incomparable legacy. Hervey was the founder of the collaborative Maverick Art Colony,
and it was his notion to present “Music in the Woods” on summer afternoons. He conceived the idea
of a hand-hewn “music chapel,” and artists and other volunteers and friends built it in 1916. The
hall is now a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places, its superb
acoustics ideally suited to the intimacy of live chamber music performance.
The Catskill woods will ring with great music all summer long. We hope to welcome you many times — this jubilee summer of 2015, and into the next century!
Music Director Alexander Platt in front of Maverick Hall
by Dion Ogust
*Commissioned by Garry and Diane Kvistad and the Woodstock Chimes Fund for the Centenary of the Maverick Concerts.
**Commissioned for the Centenary of the Maverick Concerts. This commission is made possible in part through support from the County of Ulster's Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotions Fund, administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
Maverick Concerts’ mission is to bring a broad range of performances of
classical and contemporary chamber music and jazz of the highests caliber to a wide range
of audiences in a unique, rustic hall at the heart of Woodstock’s cultural heritage.
Our vision is to provide a haven of artistic excellence and to share the intimacy of live
performances that celebrate theinterplay between performer and audience in a
hand-hewn, historic setting in the woods.