MANCHESTER – Many may not travel this holiday season, but don’t worry – Taconic Music will be taking the community on a world tour at two upcoming events.
Taconic Music will ring in 2022 with concerts at the Inn at Manchester’s Celebration Barn, 3967 Main St.
It’s kind of a tradition at this point. “We’ve been doing this New Years concert since 2016, at the Inn at Manchester. We really treated them like a kind of year-end party where we just integrate all kinds of different musical styles, ”said Ariel Rudiakov, co-artistic director of the group with his wife Joana Genova.
“It’s going to be hot in there,” she laughed, explaining that they love all the Latin rhythms that will be in the spotlight at concerts.
Musicians from Boston, Pittsburg, New York and New Jersey will join Rudiakov and Genova for a festive program. The director duo felt there was a shortage of music during the winter months, and Taconic Music stepped in.
“There are a lot of things that focus on the summer months,” Rudiakov said. “There are music festivals all over Vermont during the summer and most of them, when they’re over, these organizations tend to pack up and go their separate ways. Very often they are kicked out of the state anyway.
It gives the couple a different perspective.
“I think the biggest difference for us, as we see, is that we live here in the city,” Rudiakov explained. “We see that there is definitely a need and an appreciation for the music being played. ”
Both events are therefore community driven.
The relaxed family concert at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 30 will last 45 minutes and will be geared towards children. Taconic String Band and Michael Rudiakov – the couple’s 17-year-old son – on percussion will perform a child-friendly program. It will star 13-year-old Noa Sato Shawn, student at Taconic’s Strings for Kids school.
Strings is an after-school program that runs from September to April. Scholarships are available for students who cannot afford to pay for organized classes or recitals.
The program turned out to be gifted musicians. Sato Shawn will play Bach’s “Concerto in A minor”. Genova describes him as a “promising young musician”.
Due to COVID-19, not all Strings for Kids members can play.
“He performed this particular piece in the November recital. I said, ‘You look so good. Wouldn’t it be fun to play a song with a real orchestra with professionals? ‘ He was so excited, ”said Genova. Sato Shawn is the son of Bennington College Allen Shawn and Yoshiko Sato. It is taught by a former student of Genova, Deanna Baasch.
The suggested donation for the family concert is $ 10 for adults, free for children.
“The goal is for it to be accessible,” said Genova. “We have a lot of fun, it’s interactive. “
On Friday, December 31, musicians return to the Celebration Barn for a program featuring light classical works by Bach, Mozart, Debussy and Strauss, songs by George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, music from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Romania and ending with the traditional New Year’s “Radetzky March”.
Genova is particularly excited about “The lark ”, something she describes as“ a wild Romanian dance ”by Anghelus Dinicu.
At Tuesday’s concert there will also be a cash bar, which will open at 4:15 p.m. and run until the concert begins at 5:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $ 30 and advance purchase is required as space is limited. This concert will also be broadcast live on the Taconic Music YouTube channel. Tickets and more information are available at taconicmusic.org or 802-362-7162.
For everyone’s safety, the mask is compulsory for all participants in the two concerts, regardless of their vaccination status.
“We are really looking forward to finishing this year and hopefully bringing good things for the next one,” said Rudiakov.
The Vermont Arts Council, through the National Endowment for the Arts, awarded Taconic Music a salvage grant in September. Part of it made the events possible, as well as the group’s many local sponsors throughout the year.