Since 1972, the Carriage Barn music series has brought nationally-recognized musicians to the heart of North Bennington. The unique acoustic environment in our 1890s carriage barn provide a rich, resonant space for chamber music. Some past performers include Jeremy Denk, Zuill Bailey, Natasha Paremski, Alan Shawn, Yoshiko Sato, Elizabeth Wright, Bennington Baroque, Music from Salem, and many more.
Our 2016 Season
Friday, May 20th, 6pm: Adam Tinkle and Kyle Motl - Free
Traversing the continuum between experimentalism and melodicism, this duo manages to tie together its many moods through meditative attention to detail. Kyle Motl and Adam Tinkle, raised at the southern and northern edges of the eastern seaboard (respectively), were both lured west for graduate studies by the the renowned program in avant-jazz and improvised music at the University of California, San Diego. There, they found that their abundant common ground extended far beyond a penchant for sound exploration and free playing: both work with electronics, count rock and noise as major influences and compose chamber music. On their tracks, they fold these myriad reference points into a set of improvisations which are as ear-bending as they are tuneful.
Sunday, June 19th, 7pm: Reeds Amis and JJ Beck - $12
Marilyn Cole, Melissa Kritzer and Angela Shankar formed Reeds Amis as an ensemble inspired to champion new and unperformed music, particularly the music of women composers. Both the group and its members have commissioned and premiered new works for their instruments, including collaborations with The Chelsea Symphony. Website
JJ Beck's latest piano work revolves around his admiration and study of Thelonious Monk, Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau, Jaki Byard, and Keith Jarret. He weaves those inspirations together with the process of healing - himself and others - by exploring fears and desires. He stirs harmonies from jazz and classical music, polyrhythmic structures, and a strong performance sense in a big cauldron of experience. Website
Tuesday, July 12th, 7pm: New Morse Code - $10
New Morse Code is devoted to bold and engaging performances of music worth sharing. Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. They will be performing a work composed by Christopher Stark called The Language of Landscapes, which was created in large part at the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative in Boscawen, New Hampshire (which Hannah and Michael run). Website
Wednesday, August 17th, 7pm: Ashley Bathgate - $15
American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer.
Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. From there she continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D). Website
Saturday, August 27th, 4pm: Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis - $Donation
Last fall, Bennington College professor Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato began playing the complete Beethoven piano sonata series, which will take them through many concerts over a multi-year period. 3 or 4 sonatas are played at each concert until all 32 are done. This will be their 3rd concert of the series.
Saturday, Septmember 17th, 7pm: Bennington Baroque - $Donation
Mat Langlois, baroque flute, and Sandra Mangsen, harpsichord, will play music from 18th-c. Germany. Music for flute, harpsichord, or both by Bach, Franz Benda, J. J. Quantz, and J. Stamitz. Quantz and Benda were employed at the court of Frederick the Great, who was an avid flute player. In fact, Quantz had been Frederick’s flute teacher in Dresden, a fact he had to hide from his disapproving father.
Harpsichord solos from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Hirabayashi’s Sonatina II (2003) complete the program. Hirabayashi is a Japanese-born composer and harpsichordist who lives in Minneapolis. The Sonatina, which won the Aliénor International Competition for new harpsichord works, borrows some ideas from Bach’s E-Minor Partita. Website
October 10th, 7pm: Trio Pardessus - $Donation
Hesperus is to make a two-CD recording with a thrio of Baroque Treble instruments, titled Fêtes Galantes. It will include music written for the instruments by Heudelinne, Marc, Barrière and Dollé, as well as extended repertoire by Corelli, Forqueray, Leclair, Marais, Corrette, and even Chedeville arrangements of Vivaldi concertos. Performers will include Adam Pearl, John Mark Rozendaal, Priscilla Herreid and Charles Weaver with more in the wings. In that recording endeavor, they will perform a series of concerts using three instruments from 1709, 1740, and 1745. Website