Seventh Annual
Seventh Annual
June 17-20, 2004
Serenades of Summer

Dear Music Lovers
As I write, the temperatures in our valley struggle to reach zero, and we all find ourselves daydreaming of summer. There is something wonderfully cozy about curling up indoors to listen to chamber music on a winter day, but that wonderful and flexible repertoire also lends itself so well to celebrating the lush glorious summer that we daily remind ourselves is awaiting us. So, this summer, as the lemon lilies bloom and the swans sun themselves on Taylor Lake, Chenango offers "Serenades of Summer," filled with themes of love, travel, and inspiration.

Our classical artists join you from around the globe (Alaska, Venice, Mexico, New York) and bring with them their wonderful ideas of summer music. By popular demand, a classical guitarist will join us, and the lovely Sunday "Interlude" with flute and guitar will precede our Sunday concert. Once again, we will roam the wonderful new village spaces for programs of every type, including an expanded children's offering of puppet show and fun participatory songs, authentic Russian folk music, and the cutting-edge flair of Fritz's Polka Band. New this year are the "Porch Concerts," given by the student interns in the month before the festival, and, during the week
of the 'Fest, "Concert Teasers" in various locations, during which the Chenango artists will let you sample their musical wares in brief, free, lunchtime concerts around the village.

I hope you will make your plans soon to join us in a joyous "Serenade" as summer officially begins in the Chenango Valley in all of its colorful splendor. We look forward to creating a memorable experience with you!

Laura Klugherz
Festival director


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