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Weekend of Chamber Music; Celebrating music: rehearsing, performing, talking about it

July 20, 2016

The Weekend of Chamber Music, themed “We’ll Always Have Paris” this year, is back in town—or we should say, towns, as this annual mid-summer festival of world-class classical music takes place at locations all around our area, featuring not only concerts but opportunities to see musicians at work rehearsing and to hear them talk about their art.

Next up is “MusicTalks!” with composer-in-residence Anna Weesner, at the Catskill Distilling Company, 2037 State Rte. 17B on Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $25. A performance of the composer’s music by violinist Sunghae Anna Lim and cellist Caroline Stinson will be complemented by a conversation with Weesner, moderated by Andrew Waggoner.

On Friday, July 22, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be an open rehearsal in the barn at Eddie Adams Farm on North Branch Road. The concert itself will take place on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. in the barn, with Lim, Stinson and Tannis Gibson on piano playing music by Weesner, Saint-Saens and Couperin. Tickets cost $30.

On Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m., the North Branch Inn, 869 North Branch-Hortonville Rd., will host another “MusicTalks!” event, this time concentrating on French baroque and contemporary music. Performers will be ensemble Accroche Note of France (Françoise Kubler, soprano; and Armand Angster, clarinet), Nurit Pacht, violin; Stinson; and Rami Vamos, guitar.) Tickets cost $25. To get dinner to accompany the event, call 845/439-5070 to make a reservation.

And that’s not all: the festival lasts a couple of weeks, and there’ll be more to come over the July29-30 weekend. See next week’s paper for details on the rest of the program, including another workshop, this one in Livingston Manor, NY; a gala concert and reception also in Livingston Manor; a kids’ event at the Narrowsburg Union in Narrowsburg, NY; and a concluding concert at The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA.

WHEN: Now through Sunday, July 31
WHERE: Venues around the Upper Delaware River Valley, in New York and PA (see details below)
COST: Varies (see below for individual events)
CONTACT: For schedule and events, To make reservations and pay at the door, visit To buy tickets online, visit