The Apple Hill String Quartet: Elise Kuder, violin; Rupert Thompson, cello; Jesse MacDonald, violin; Mike Kelley, viola.
Live music is back at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The concerts will feature the Apple Hill String Quartet, called “dashing and extraordinary” by The Strad magazine, along with guest artists. Apple Hill, winner of the 2015 Ewing Arts Award for Excellence in the Monadnock Region, will also be hosting the Summer Chamber Music Workshop, welcoming local, national, and international students of all ages. Central to the unique mission of Apple Hill, the Playing for Peace program uses music as a means to bridge cultural, religious, economic, and political divides.
There is much to celebrate at Apple Hill this summer. As it enters its 51st year, Apple Hill will be led by newly appointed Executive Director Javier Caballero, who started there 23 years ago as a cello student. He succeeds Lenny Matczynski, who guided Apple Hill’s development for 14 years.
The sell-out Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series offers seven live public performances in the Concert Barn. These world-class concerts, featuring the Apple Hill String Quartet, summer faculty, alumni, and guest artists, have become a summer staple of the Monadnock region. Each program reflects the diversity of Apple Hill: pieces amplifying new voices, views, and backgrounds in classical music; compositions drawn from the Quartet’s global travels and the summer workshop community; new commissions, especially from renowned alumni, along with the historic canon. The concerts will be preceded by buffet suppers on the lawn.
Concerts take place at Apple Hill’s Louise Shonk Kelly Concert Barn at 410 Apple Hill Road, in Nelson, New Hampshire. Reservations are required for the buffet supper, which costs $20.
All concerts are free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, the suggested donation is $30.