HANCOCK — The Monteux School and Music Festival will kick off its 2022 season at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, with its first orchestral concert in the Forest Studio. The first “Mainely Chamber Music” concert will follow at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. The public is welcome to attend those concert series every Sunday and Wednesday during the 79-year-old school’s season running June 26-July 31.
A season highlight will be Guest Artist-in-Residence Bjorn Ranheim’s performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto on July 3. The cellist also will play in the chamber concert June 29. Since 2005, he has played with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He also has been principal cello with the Colorado Music Festival. An active soloist and chamber musician, he has toured in the United States, Europe and Central America, with performances at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
In addition, the Monteux School will offer its annual, free family concert (all ages welcome) at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14.
In honor of the school’s late Music Director Michael Jinbo, a memorial concert will be presented on Sunday, July 24, while the annual pops concert will take place Sunday, July 31.
This season, the school is hosting on its woodland campus 60 trained professional and pre-professional musicians. They will rehearse and perform under the tutelage of world-class conductors Neal Gittleman, Ludovic Morlot, David Rahbee, Kensho Watanabe and William White. Guest musicians will represent seven prominent American orchestras; and seminarians Henry Fogel and Aaron Engebreth.
Tiffany Lu will serve as interim music director of the school’s teaching program.
Ticket prices range from $20-25. They can be purchased at the door or online at www.monteuxmusic.org. All concerts take place at the Forest Studio located at 42 Melody Lane in Hancock. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required at the door while masks are optional.