Maverick Hall

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Contact: LuAnn Bielawa, Director of Operations
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Maverick Concerts Announces 2024 Season Schedule
A Unique and Extraordinary Summer of Music in the Woods

WOODSTOCK, NY April 14, 2024 – Building on over a century of blending the old with the new, Maverick Concerts is thrilled to unveil its 2024 season; featuring a summer of exceptional music at its historic concert hall nestled in the woods just outside Woodstock, New York. From June 29th to September 14th Maverick will present a diverse musical lineup that will delight enthusiasts of all ages and tastes. Maverick Family Saturdays, Maverick Saturday Nights and the Maverick Chamber Music Festival will showcase world-class performances by exceptional artists across classical, jazz, folk, world, and contemporary music for 12 magnificent weekends of Music in the Woods – part of the vibrant summer cultural scene in the Hudson Valley. New this season, Phoenicia Diner at the Maverick – food and beverages available for purchase.

The centerpiece of the summer is the Maverick Chamber Music Festival. Established in 1916, it is a cherished tradition that spans over a century. Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a focus of the 2024 classical season will be Transformations: Celebrating East Asian American Creators and the Music of France, described by Maverick’s Music Director, Alexander Platt, as “ An overdue recognition of the tremendous contributions of two generations of American composers and performers of East Asian descent, interwoven with music celebrating the centennial of the death of perhaps the most beloved of French chamber-music composers, Gabriel Faure (1845-1924).” This summer’s featured contemporary composer will be the brilliant and provocative Viet Cuong, assistant professor of music at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Born in California in 1990, Cuong’s music has been called “alluring”, “wildly inventive”, and “irresistible” by the San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times, and will feature prominently in two concerts, including the composer in conversation with Alexander Platt.

The Maverick Chamber Music Festival for 2024 gets off to a lavish start on Sunday afternoon June 30th, with a return of the Manhattan Chamber Players with David Fung, piano, in a program that starts with the String Quartet of Maurice Ravel and culminates in a rare performance of the lush and provocative 1922 piano quintet of the French composer and naval officer, Jean Cras. And true to its traditions, the Maverick welcomes the return of the Escher String Quartet, one of the very finest American quartets of the younger generation, in music of Haydn, Beethoven, and Janacek (July 7, 4 pm).

Bastille Day weekend at the Maverick will bring a triple-play of fabulous performances. Viet Cuong will co-host Maverick Family Saturdays with the amazing young woodwind quintet WindSync at 11am on Saturday July 13th. Cuong will join Alexander Platt in a pre-concert talk preceding WindSync as they make their Maverick debut with the new-music specialist pianist, Blair McMillen (Sunday July 14, 4 pm, with a Pre-Concert talk, 3 pm). In between, the Maverick Concerts will welcome back Andrew Appel and his internationally known Baroque music group, the Four Nations Ensemble, in “From Salon to Scaffold: Paris in the 18th Century” (Saturday July 13, 6 pm).

Sunday July 21st brings the always-anticipated return of the Miró Quartet in a program that celebrates “Transformations”, the theme of the summer season. (4 pm). Saturday evening July 27th will mark the debut of one of the world’s finest pianists, Angela Hewitt, in a program celebrating her renowned interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach (6 pm). Sunday, July 28th will see the return to Maverick Concerts of the Pacifica String Quartet, in music of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and George Walker (4 pm).

On Sunday, August 4th the celebration of the piano and chamber music of Gabriel Faure, along with the dazzling achievement of East Asian-American artists, kicks into high gear with the Woodstock debut of the Chinese American virtuoso singer and pianist Chelsea Guo, winner of the 2022 Susan Wadsworth Young Concert Artists Competition.  Chelsea will both sing and play in an extraordinary program of Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin, as well as Faure’s most famous work for solo piano, the tender Ballade of 1881 (4 pm). Sunday, August 11th will see the overdue return to the Maverick Concerts of the Ariel String Quartet in a unique and fascinating program reflecting the summer’s theme (4 pm). Immediately following the performance at 6:30 pm, trailblazing American pianist Anthony de Mare presents a special Postlude Concert, in which he will combine Faure’s Nine Preludes of 1910 with early music of Aaron Copland, who spent his student days in Paris, and who became a great advocate for Faure’s music in America.

Sunday, August 18th, marks the Maverick debut of the Isidore String Quartet, one of the finest young American string quartets to appear on the classical scene in years. Winners of both the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition and the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant (4 pm). The weekend of August 24-25 will be another blockbuster of both traditional and contemporary classical music: Saturday August 24th sees the return of the phenomenal toy-piano specialist Margaret Leng Tan, in her new program Where No Birds Sing: A Requiem for the Earth, featuring music of her mentor, the legendary John Cage, whose epochal 4’33” was given its world premiere at the Maverick in 1952 (8 pm). Sunday August 25th will see the debut of the talented young American pianist Reed Tetzloff, who makes his home in both Paris and New York. Reed will present a monumental virtuoso program, featuring Robert Schumann’s beloved Carnaval, the 1996 piano sonata The White Owls of the American composer Philip Lasser, and a rare, complete performance of the Six Impromptus of Gabriel Faure (4 pm).

Classical music at the Maverick for 2024 culminates with two equally outstanding performances: on Sunday September 1st, a return visit by the Borromeo String Quartet, who will be joined by the brilliant young American pianist Henry Kramer, in a concert featuring Faure’s Second Piano Quintet as well as music of the contemporary Indian-American jazz virtuoso Vijay Iyer, Beethoven and Bizet (4 pm pm); and finally, the Maverick debut of the veteran New York ensemble Music from Copland House, combining the music of 2024’s featured composer Viet Cuong with the haunting and rarely–heard Aaron Copland Piano Quartet of 1950, and the deliciously famous first Piano Quartet of Gabriel Faure (whose music Copland did much to champion), bringing classical music at the Maverick to a fitting close on Sunday, September 8 (4 pm).

From Jazz at the Maverick to Americana, world, contemporary, and classical, world renowned talents and emerging artists share their gifts to celebrate the diversity of musical expression on Maverick Saturday Nights. Jazz at the Maverick shines a spotlight on the elite of the jazz scene with its ever-popular Saturday evening concerts. The series begins with the return of the Fred Hersch Trio on June 29. Featuring the lyrical and innovative piano talent of Fred Hersch with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson (8 pm). On Saturday, August 31 the Bill Charlap Trio with guest bassist, David Wong, and drummer, Kenny Washington; recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz, known for their sophisticated interpretations of American standards. (8 pm). The Miguel Zenón Quartet has their Maverick debut on September 7. Zenón, winner of the 2024 Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album, is widely considered one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists and composers of his generation. (8 pm).

In addition to jazz, Maverick Saturday Nights honors its Woodstock roots with a diverse array of folk, contemporary and world music. Tracy Bonham, blending alternative rock with classical sensibilities, performs on July 6. Bonham is a classically trained violinist and pianist turned alternative singer-songwriter with a twice GRAMMY™ nominated album (8 pm). The Simon Shaheen Trio graces the stage on August 3, showcasing a mastery of both classical Arabic music and jazz, bringing a rich cultural heritage and innovative approach to its performances and skillful fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles (8  pm).  August 10, After Spring Sunset: A Tribute to Peter Schickele featuring the Caroga Arts Collective performing Peter Schickele’s Fifth String Quartet, A Year In the Country (commissioned by Maverick Concerts in 1998),  followed by an all-star lineup of Woodstock musicians in an eclectic musical evening in celebration of the creative life of multi-Grammy-award-winning composer Peter Schickele (1935-2024) (6 pm). Steve Gorn, revered for his mastery of Indian Ragas on the bansuri bamboo flute, presents the soulful sounds of Indian classical music on August 17 (8 pm). The season concludes with Woodstock legend Happy Traum alongside Cindy Cashdollar and other Americana masters on September 14 celebrating folk traditions with superb musicianship and a rich musical heritage (8 pm).

Maverick Family Saturdays is a delightful tradition that brings families and friends together for an experience like no other. Saturday mornings at 11 am – noon, these short, interactive events are thoughtfully designed for children in grades K-6, but adults are equally enchanted. Best of all, admission is free for kids and grown-ups!  Saturday, July 6th the World-renowned pianist Frederic Chiu and storyteller David Gonzalez present their delightful take on the famed double-bill of The Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf. On July 13th, the phenomenal young composer Viet Cuong joins the equally gifted wind quintet WindSync. Tracy Bonham’s Melodeon returns to the Maverick on July 20th. On July 27, in collaboration with Woodstock’s independent bookstore, The Golden Notebook, author Nicholas Day and illustrator Chris Raschka will read from their new children’s book, Nothing: John Cage and 4’33 – an offbeat history of Cage’s 4’33” which premiered at the Maverick on August 29, 1952. On August 10, as part of Maverick’s tribute, Elizabeth Mitchell will present a special performance of family songs by Woodstock’s very own Peter Schickele (1935-2024). Best known for his work as creator of P.D.Q. Bach, Schickele also composed heartfelt and sometimes humorous, folk-inspired songs for and about his family. On August 17 Ravensbeard Wildlife Center will return to Maverick. Learn about the natural history, habitat, unique hunting styles and the rehabilitation stories of some of Ravensbeard’s resident birds of prey! Through up-close interaction with live birds, learn the importance of raptors in our ecosystem and how the birds at Ravensbeard came to be with us. On Saturday, August 31, Jenny Lin brings her wonderful program for kids, Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, to the Maverick on Labor Day weekend.

For tickets and additional information on the Maverick Concerts 2024 season, visit maverickconcerts.org. The Maverick Concert Hall is located at 120 Maverick Road, West Hurley, NY. Reserved seating and general admission tickets for all concerts are available online at: maverickconcerts.org. Maverick Family Saturdays are free and the traditional “Rock Bottom” section under the trees is by donation at the box office. The Phoenicia Diner at Maverick will have food and beverages, including beer and wine, available to purchase an hour before showtime.

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ABOUT MAVERICK CONCERTS:

Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America, is set amid the serene Catskill woodland just outside Woodstock, NY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the uniquely charming rustic hall has superb acoustics and is the ideal venue for an intimate encounter with chamber music. Maverick presents concerts by internationally renowned classical, jazz, and contemporary music ensembles from late June through early September. Maverick Concerts sustains the vision of its founder, Hervey White, who built the historic concert hall in 1916 and opened his land and hospitality to artists, musicians, and the community. Concerts are on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Maverick Family Saturdays, short interactive events designed for kids of all ages, are free and open to everyone on Saturday mornings.

Maverick Concerts 2024 Full Schedule – Performer links

As of 4/2/24

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Maverick Saturday Nights – Jazz at the Maverick
Fred Hersch Trio, https://www.fredhersch.com

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Manhattan Chamber Players, https://manhattanchamberorchesra.org
w/David Fung, piano, https://www.davidfung.com

SATURDAY, JULY 6

Maverick Family Saturdays
Frederick Chiu, https://www.fredericchiu.com
David Gonzalez, https://davidgonzalez.com

SATURDAY, JULY 6

Maverick Saturday Nights
Tracy Bonham, https://www.tracybonham.com

SUNDAY, JULY 7    

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Escher String Quartet, https://escherquartet.com

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Maverick Family Saturdays
WyndSync, https://www.windsync.org
Viet Cuong, https://vietcuongmusic.com

SATURDAY, JULY 13

Maverick Saturday Nights/Maverick Chamber Music Festival
The Four Nations Ensemble, https://www.fournations.org

SUNDAY, JULY 14

Pre-Concert talk Viet Cuong, https://vietcuongmusic.com
WindSync, https://www.windsync.org

SATURDAY, JULY 20

Maverick Family Saturdays
Tracy Bonham and Melodeon, https://melodeonmusichouse.com

SUNDAY, JULY 21

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Miró String Quartet, http://miroquartet.com

SATURDAY, JULY 27

Maverick Family Saturdays
Nothing: John Cage and 4’33”, Nothing – Holiday House
Nicholas Day, author
Chris Raschka, illustrator

SATURDAY, JULY 27

Maverick Saturday Nights/Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Angela Hewitt, https://angelahewitt.com

SUNDAY, JULY 28

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Pacifica String Quartet, https://www.pacificaquartet.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

Maverick Saturday Nights
Simon Shaheen Trio, https://www.facebook.com/SimonShaheenOfficial/

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Chelsea Guo, https://www.chelseaguomusic.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

Maverick Family Saturdays
Elizabeth Mitchell plays the songs of Peter Schickele,
Elizabeth Mitchell | Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (si.edu)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

Maverick Saturday Nights
After Spring Sunset: A Tribute to Peter Schickele
www.maverickconcerts.org/event/peter-schickele-memorial

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Ariel String Quartet, https://www.arielquartet.com
Anthony de Mare – postlude, https://www.anthonydemare.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Maverick Family Saturdays
Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, Ravensbeard Wildlife Center

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Maverick Saturday Nights
Steve Gorn & Friends, https://stevegorn.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Isidore String Quartet, https://www.isidorestringquartet.com

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Margaret Leng Tan, https://www.margaretlengtan.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Reed Tetzloff, https://www.reedtetzloff.com

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30   

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Jenny Lin, https://www.jennylin.net

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

Maverick Family Saturdays
Jenny Lin Melody’s Mostly Musical Day, Melody’s Mostly Musical Day (jennylin.net)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

Maverick Saturday Nights – Jazz at the Maverick
Bill Charlap Trio, https://www.billcharlap.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Borromeo String Quartet, https://www.borromeoquartet.org
Henry Kramer, piano, https://www.henrykramerpiano.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Maverick Saturday Nights – Jazz at the Maverick
The Miguel Zenon Quartet, https://miguelzenon.com

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Maverick Chamber Music Festival
Music from Copland House, http://coplandhouse.org

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Maverick Saturday Nights
Happy Traum, https://www.happytraum.com
Cindy Cashdollar, https://www.cindycashdollar.com