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Held in Jamaica, VT, Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival had a successful inaugural year in the summer of 2012. This year, we're excited to be expanding just a little. 

Here's what your contributions will support for PFCM in 2013:

  • Instrumental Music and Visual Arts (with an Educational Component) 
  • 13 artists, including 9 performing musicians (flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos, and harp), a conductor, a composer-in-residence, 2 artists-in-residence, and an intern 
  • 10-day artist residency in Jamaica, VT
  • 3 Evening Concerts with pre-concert talks and post-concert receptions 
  • Stratton Fundraising Concert (to benefit Hurricane Irene Recovery) 
  • Afternoon Family Concert 
  • Music/Art Educational Collaboration, aimed toward children and young adults, but open to anyone interested 
  • Community Potluck with an Open Mic Session
  • World Premiere Composition by Joe Hallman (Triple Concerto for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet), performed at the Closing Concert
  • Sculpture and Mixed Media Gallery by artists-in-residence Natasha Loewy and Riley Pile, shown in the Town Hall throughout the festival
  • (Musical) Surprises along the way...

Because we want as many people as possible to feel able to attend, (with the exception of the Stratton Fundraising Concert) all festival events are free.

PFCM enjoys programming both standard and newer repertoire in every concert, including pieces from the classical canon as well as more contemporary works and world premieres. Because of this, the concerts appeal to a wide range of audience members, introduce people to new types of music, and support living composers.

PFCM wants to become a lasting part of Jamaica's artistic community. By the 2020 season, PFCM aims to hold a 3-week summer series (with a week of touring around Southern Vermont) in addition to educational-based winter and spring weeks. We'd also love to be a complete collaborative arts festival, with components involving drama, dance, and visual arts. Exciting news on that front: we're currently talking to the Vermont Poet Laureate about a joint effort for next year!

One step at a time though... right now, we're a little more than halfway to our 2013 budget of $20,000. We've applied for grants and other community assistance, but individual donations are necessary to sustain the festival. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

(Wondering how this all began? Here's a link to an article explaining why PFCM started...)

PFCM 2013: August 4-10

Opening Concert: Sunday, August 4 at 6PM 
Hallman Fairy Tales 
Mozart Oboe Quartet
Stravinsky Epitaphium 
Roussel Serenade 

The Opening PFCM Performance
The Opening PFCM Performance

Evening Concert: Wednesday, August 7 at 7PM
Arnold Divertimento for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet
Debussy Trio Sonata for Flute, Harp, and Viola
Hallman Miniatures
Bates Life of Birds
Mozart Clarinet Quintet

Music/Art Collaboration for Kids and Young Adults: Thursday, August 8 from 1-3PM
Inspiration and Fantasy

The "Fairy Tales" Music and Art Collaboration in 2012
The "Fairy Tales" Music and Art Collaboration in 2012

Afternoon Family Concert: Thursday, August 8 at 3PM
Saint-Saëns Fantasie for Violin and Harp
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings
Hallman Lovecraftian elsewheres

Audience Members in 2012
Audience Members in 2012

Open Rehearsal: Thursday, August 8 from 4-6PM
Hallman Triple Concerto for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet
Schubert String Quintet in C Major

Composer-in-Residence Joe Hallman Giving a Pre-Concert Talk
Composer-in-Residence Joe Hallman Giving a Pre-Concert Talk

Community Potluck with an Open Mic: Thursday, August 8 from 6-8PM

Closing Concert: Saturday, August 10 at 7PM 
Schubert String Quintet in C Major 
Ravel Introduction and Allegro 
Hallman Triple Concerto for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet

Pikes Falls (the festival's namesake waterfall, in Jamaica, VT)
Pikes Falls (the festival's namesake waterfall, in Jamaica, VT)

Want to know more? For more details about the festival, visit the PFCM website. The PFCM media page has links last year's press coverage, photos, posters, audio samples, and program book. And, if you want, you can read about PFCM's backstory.

Feel free to contact PFCM founder Susanna Loewy at info@pikesfallschambermusicfestival.com.

Risks and challenges

During last year's festival, we faced a few challenges... here's how PFCM is planning to preempt those problems for this season.

1) The Heat: Vermont in 2012 boasted an unprecedentedly warm August. This led to an overheated Town Hall, and both audience members and performers were uncomfortable in a way that hindered the performance. We couldn't use fans because they disrupt the sound in the hall too much. With any luck, this simply won't be a problem this year. However, if it is... we have a few options. One solution, of course, is to just deal with it again, complete with complaints. We will without a doubt open the doors and windows to allow for a cross breeze (and hopefully catch the attention of people passing by). We can move the concert outside, although that isn't ideal for a number of reasons. It was suggested that we could move the concerts to an air conditioned location. We are open to that possibility if it seems absolutely necessary, but we do believe it is important to keep the concerts within Jamaica, and in the Town Hall as much as possible.

2) The Piano: Possibly because of the heat, the piano was continually slipping out of tune, and we ended up having to call in the piano tuner every day. This led to a much larger piano cost than originally budgeted. For this year, we decided to program repertoire that includes a harp instead of a piano. While the harp will undoubtedly have similar tuning issues, the harpist will be able to fix that herself. We're open to having a piano again in future years, but for right now (and because our pianist couldn't make the dates for this year's festival), this seemed to be a good solution.

3) Public Awareness: While we had full houses at every concert, we still know that there was a big percentage of the local population that didn't know about PFCM. For this year, in addition to all of our planned advertising via websites, newspapers, posters, and word-of-mouth, we're going to have a street banner in Jamaica. This should really help with familiarizing everyone all the events we have planned (whether they live in the area, are camping at the Jamaica State Park, or are just passing through).

4) Overlapping Concerts: Last year, we scheduled 3 concerts on 3 consecutive days. This led to a nice weekend of non-stop music, but it also meant the musicians had to be rehearsing all the music at once... and this led to 10-hours of rehearsals on some days. This year, we're spreading the concerts out over the 10 days, which will result in a much more reasonable rehearsal schedule.

Despite these challenges (and any others that will present themselves this year), we're just thrilled to exist. Music festivals offer live music in an intense setting - there will undoubtedly be glitches along the way, but that's part of the fun.

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    "Greatest Hits": Receive a digital release of selected hits from the live performances of Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival in 2013. (All donations will also be acknowledged in the festival program book.)

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    "Greatest Hits, parts 1+2": Nostalgic appreciation... receive a digital release of the greatest hits from both 2012 and 2013. (All donations will also be acknowledged in the festival program book.)

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    "Musical Trees": Receive an 11"x14" poster of PFCM's famous musical trees, complete with musician signatures. You'll also receive digital releases of performances from 2012 and 2013. (All donations will also be acknowledged in the festival program book.)

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    "Music/Art Collaboration": In addition to the poster and digital releases, receive a sketch of PFCM musicians at work, hand drawn by a PFCM artist and copied onto archival quality paper. (All donations will also be acknowledged in the festival program book.)

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    "Sprung Rhythm": Did you know Inscape (PFCM's parent chamber music group) just recorded a CD? The album is titled "Sprung Rhythm" and boasts 6 pieces by Inscape composers. It includes some music from 2012/2013 PFCM concerts, as well as a few World Premieres. "Sprung Rhythm" is slated to release in July, so you'll receive a hot-off-the-presses CD signed by PFCM/Inscape musicians. In addition to your CD, you'll also receive all of the above rewards. (All donations will also be acknowledged in the festival program book.)

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    "The After Party": The Closing Concert will be over by about 9PM on August 10, but you're invited to the After Party at a private cabin on Pikes Falls Road with PFCM musicians, artists, and family. If last year's party is any indication, it'll be a night to remember. Amazing food, great conversation, and you can assume there will be some impromptu musical performances. Can't be in Vermont on the 10th? Don't worry: we'll give you a call during the party, and then send you a video documenting the festivities. (Of course, you'll also receive all of the above rewards and have your name listed in the program book.)

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    "Nothing is written in stone.": Perhaps that's true of proverbs, but not of donors. PFCM currently has a handful of names on our Founding Funders donor plaque. We'd love to add yours to the list. The plaque features the PFCM Musical Trees, and is handmade by our artists-in-residence. Each name (and dedication) will be on a Music Note leaf. Donors will be acknowledged and the plaque will be presented at the Closing Concert of this year's PFCM. The plaque will then be displayed in the Town Hall each year during the festival. In addition, you won't have to worry about arriving early to get a good seat this summer -- you'll have a reserved seat at all PFCM events. (Of course, you'll also receive all of the above rewards and have your name listed in the program book.)

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    "Yes, in your backyard.": A House Concert! With a World Premiere! PFCM musicians will enjoy performing a special concert at the venue of your choice (within reason...). Whether it be your house, place of business, or local park, available PFCM musicians will be more than happy to be there. Composer-in-residence Joe Hallman will even write a piece specifically for the event. (Of course, you'll also receive all of the above rewards and have your name listed in the program book.)

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