This summer the Waterville Valley Music Center, now in its 17th year, will partner with the Margaret and H.A. Rey Center to bring concerts to the public during the Music Center’s 8th annual Conducting Masterclass with Maestro Kenneth Kiesler.
The Conducting Masterclass will be held from July 23-27 in Waterville Valley. The program offers young professional and aspiring orchestral conductors to study under the tutelage of Maestro Kiesler, a world-renowned conductor and pedagogue of conducting technique.
The Waterville Valley Music Center Orchestra is comprised of young professionals from around the United States. Many of the orchestra members perform as regular members of, or substitute with, major orchestras around the country, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Boston Symphony, Albany Symphony, Virginia Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and others.
The Music Center has partnered with the Rey Center to provide outreach and engage the Waterville Valley community. There will be two public lectures by Waterville Valley Music Center artistic director Hanna Lachert on “Life as a Professional Musician: 40 Years on World Stage” on Friday, July 5, 8-9 p.m. Maestro Kiesler will present “The Nuts and Bolts of Conducting a Symphony Orchestra,” complete with demonstration (and possibly the opportunity for a guest or two to try their hand at conducting!) on Tuesday, July 23, 8-9 p.m. For the youngsters (ages 4-9), the musicians from the WVMC orchestra will present an educational chamber music concert on Wednesday, July 24 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
The conductors participating in the Masterclass will present a full program of music including the Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, the “Dumbarton Oaks” concerto of Stravinsky, Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, and Elgar’s Serenade for String Orchestra on Saturday, July 27 from 7-9 p.m.
Sadly, the Waterville Valley Music Center is unable to hold the Chamber Music camp and concerts that many of us have enjoyed hearing and watching over the years.
The Waterville Valley Music Center was founded in 1996 with the goal of bringing music to the Valley and to provide young musicians the opportunity to study and make music in an environment free from the distractions of everyday life. In 2005, the Music Center added the Conducting Masterclass to the schedule of activities and has drawn talent from Denmark, Korea, Greece, Norway, Mexico, and Italy in addition to those coming to from here in the States.