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Hood College's Summer Chamber Music Festival

June 19, 2014

By Danielle E. Gaines, The Frederick News-Post, Md.

June 19--For it's 30th anniversary, Hood College'sSummer Chamber Music Festival will return to its original home in Brodbeck Music Hall.

The hall is the oldest building on campus, made in the shape of a German cross, and features incredible acoustics, said Noel Lester, a Hood professor and the festival's manager and artistic director.

The concert series started in Brodbeck Music Hall, which in 1983 had no air conditioning, no first-floor restrooms or handicap access.

After a couple of hot summers, Lester had to throw in the towel and move the event to other spots on campus and in the community. The first year that it moved to an air-conditioned space, attendance doubled, Lester said.

At that time, there weren't concerts in Baker Park and not a lot of summer music entertainment in Frederick, he said. "I just perceived that there was a real need for summer music, for a summer series."

The series continues to be the only summer classical concert series in Frederick, Lester said.

At first, audiences were small. Now, between 225 and 300 people attend each performance, he said.

With Brodbeck Hall recently renovated, the concerts are coming back to where they started.

"It all came together in time for the 30th anniversary," Lester said. "We're celebrating the fact that this year, our 30th year, we're back in our home space."

The series opens today with its annual baroque concert directed by Wayne L. Wold, associate professor of music and college organist. Wold will perform on the harpsichord and the program will include music for flute, oboe, violin and bassoon.

A return appearance by the Appalachian Winds is scheduled for June 26. Lester will join the group for the performance of the majestic quintet for piano and winds by AndrÉ Caplet.

Six students from Hood's preparatory music division will be featured in the annual Sidney Silverman Young Artists concert July 10.

The annual Phyllis and Ardine Gorden String Concert, featuring guest violinist JosÉ Cueto and guest violist Noah Chaves, is scheduled for July 17. They will perform Schubert's "Trout" Quartet.

The series will conclude July 24 with a jazz concert performed by the Kevin Lewis Quartet.

There is no charge for admission and no tickets are required. Donations are accepted.

Each of the performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Brodbeck Music Hall.

For further information, contact Lester at

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