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Maria Napolitano Fish
Executive Director, Killington Music Festival

Killington, VT June 20, 2016– Now in its 34th season of presenting fine chamber music, the Killington Music Festival takes much pride and pleasure in announcing its concert schedule for 2016.  On Saturday evenings from June 25th through July 30th the internationally acclaimed musicians of the Killington Music Festival will perform at Rams Head Lodge at the Killington Resort at 7pm, last concert at Killington Peak Lodge.  During the Music in the Mountains Classical Concert Series they will also teach, guide and mentor the young aspiring musicians from around the country and abroad. 

The kickoff performance will be highlighted by Simon Ghraichy performing masterworks, filled with pyro techniques and sublime melodies for the piano while joined by Artistic Director Daniel Andai for palette cleansers in gorgeous and beloved vignettes in between. Works of Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and more will be enjoyed. Simon Ghraichy has been called a “world-class musician” by NBC and “the piano classical rock-star” by Quien Mag, is a 30 year old Lebanese-Mexican pianist who has lived and studied in Europe. Ghraichy has been performing recitals, chamber music concerts and as a soloist all over the world. Simon Ghraichy recently released his second CD Duels and is sponsored by AXA Insurances and the Luc Walter Foundation.

Daniel Andai, KMF’s Artistic Director has been hailed by The New York Times as an "Exemplary Leader" for leading members of the New York Philharmonic and Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, he has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and recording artist in major concert venues across five continents. Russia, North, South and Central Americas. This concert is sponsored by Victoria and Robert Young.

The Music and the Mountains Concert Series is sponsored by the Anton Family Foundation-Title Sponsor; Casella Resource Solutions; Facey Goss & McPhee P.C. Attorneys at Law; Keyser Energy; Killington Resort; Rutland Regional Medical Center; Merchants Bank and Merchants Trust Company; People’s United Bank and Victoria and Robert Young.  On June 25th, the “Season’s Opening on KMF’s Grand”, features Simon Ghraichy who has been qualified as a “world class musician” by NBC News and “the classical piano-rock star” by Quien Mag and KMF’s own Artistic Director Daniel Andai, hailed by the NY Times as an “Exemplary Leader”, they will perform masterworks filled with pyro techniques and sublime melodies for the piano and gorgeous and beloved vignettes by Kreisler, Ponce and Saint-Saens. On July 2nd “Double the Treble, Double the Fun” All aspects of KMF’s curriculum are combined into one challenging orchestra performance to maximize your entertainment! Artistic Director Daniel Andai conducts the orchestra while performing as solo violinist with guest pianist Simon Ghraichy in Mendelssohn’s rarely played concerto in d minor for violin and piano. July 9th “The Winds beneath Killington’s Peak”, the wind faculty join the strings in Brahm’s soaring clarinet quintet. Also featuring works by Finzi, Morricone and Moszkowski. July 16th, “Killington’s Catch we will be performing Schubert’s beloved Trout Quintet and the program will conclude with a KMF premier in Glazunov’s lush cello quintet. Join us July 23rd, “Good ‘Old KMF Lovin’, a potpourri of composer favorites from the past seasons, including Dvorak and Mozart. July 30th, our season’s finale “Just FOUR you, on Killington’s Peak”, KMF's 34th  season culminates on Killington's Peak when KMF co-founder joins KMF’s Artistic Director and other faculty members to perform works by Liszt, Puccini and Dvorak.

The concerts are held at Rams Head Lodge at the Killington Ski Resort at 7:00pm., the season finale is held at Killington Peak.  Ticket Prices are $25, season finale $30.  Tickets are available through the box office at 802-422-1330.  Advance tickets may be ordered by phone through the day prior to the performance.  Tickets may be purchased the day of the performance beginning at 6pm at Ramshead Lodge.  The Friday night performances of the Young Artists Series are held at the Rams Head Lodge at 7pm and admission is free.

The Killington Music Festival is not only about concerts on Saturday evenings, the Festival also runs a significant education music program which is a five-week residency program.  The residency program is an intensive combination of study, practice, rehearsal and performance.  The program this summer includes students from the United States and abroad.  The students give a wide variety of performances at the Rams Head Lodge and free noontime concerts at the Rutland Free Library on Wednesdays, July 20th and July 27th. We are very proud of our expanding student outreach concerts.  The primary audiences for this project continues to be residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, Rutland Regional Medical Center and children who most often are deprived of music and the benefits it offers.  Through these concerts the lives of hundreds of elderly and young Vermonters in Rutland County have been enriched.

For more information please call the Killington Music Festival at 802-773-4003 or visit

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