Burlington Ensemble performs throughout Champlain Valley this summer

Cellist Benjamin Capps during the Burlington Ensemble’s “Believer Tour” concert to benefit Lake Champlain International at the Basin Harbor Club May 26. Photo by Eric LaMontagne

For the past two years Melvin Kaplan, founder of the Vermont Mozart Festival and artistic director of the Vermont Summer Music Festival, and Michael Dabroski, co-artistic director of the Burlington Ensemble, have performed together throughout the United States (the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Fla.; the Mondavi Center in Davis, Calif.; the University of Florida in Gainesville; New York’s Metropolitan Museum and Morgan Library). They have played with the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra in performances featuring concertos performed by such renowned soloists as pianists Menahem Pressler and Anton Kuerti, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

After 37 years, the Vermont Mozart Festival came to a conclusion two years ago and many have tried to continue the tradition of providing wonderful classical music to friends and colleagues throughout Vermont. For 2012, they have succeeded. During the span of two weeks this summer, Dabroski and his co-director Sofia Hirsch, under the title Burlington Ensemble, and Kaplan, under the banner of the Vermont Summer Music Festival, will each offer a week of very special and unusual musical events in different locations throughout the state. The schedule is as follows:

Vermont Summer Music Festival

July 14 at 8 pm

The Fantastic Five

The Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe

Monday, July 16 at 7:30 pm

Old World, New World

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington

Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30

The Three Bs: Back, Beethoven, and Brahms

Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes

Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 pm

The Legendary Menahem Pressler

Champlain College Auditorium, Burlington

Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 pm

Mozart Magic

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington

Burlington Ensemble Summer Serenades

Sunday, July 22 at 7:30 pm

Summer Serenades

All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne 

Monday, July 23 at 7:30 pm

Royal Piano Trios

The Mozart Room at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe

Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm


The Coach Barn at Sheburne Farms, Shelburne

Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 pm and 10 pm

Jazz All-Stars From “Smalls” New York City

Shelburne Vineyard, Shelburne

Thursday, July 26 at 7:30 pm

All Mozart

College Street Congregational Church, Burlington

Friday, July 27 at 7:30 pm

Two Worlds

All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne


Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 pm

Rustic Roots

All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne

Tickets may be purchased at either www.vermontsummermusicfestival.com or www.burlingtonensemble.com. For more information call (802) 86-FLYNN or (802) 598-9520.


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