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Meadowmount celebrates

— In celebration of 70 years of music education, the Meadowmount School of Music’s 2013 Concert Series is highlighted by the world premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s Triple Concerto featuring violinist James Ehnes, cellist Robert DeMaine, and pianist Eric Larsen, the director of Meadowmount.

Since 1944, Ivan Galamian’s Meadowmount School of Music has been a summer school for young musicians ages 9 to 30, who are training for professional careers in music.

Almost 70 years later, Meadowmount remains true to Ivan Galamian’s vision of the school as a “practice retreat,” a place to recover from a school year filled with the stress of student life and obligations, and a place to enjoy the camaraderie of other young people from around the world who are serious about their musical development.

Meadowmount has been an institution in the community for decades and has offered teens and adults in the community, summer employment. Some employees have a family history as having worked at Meadowmount for generations.

“I started working at Meadowmount when I was 14 years old and could get a working permit,” Beverly McIntyre of Westport said. “It was Meadowmount’s first year. I think there were 25 students. I worked every summer (except one) through my years of college. The Galamians were very good to me.”

The school has been a major tourist attraction as well as stimulated the local economy with the many families and visitors that utilize what the area offers in accommodations, restaurants and recreational activities.

“As important to me in celebrating Meadowmount’s 70 years of world class music making is taking the time to celebrate the extraordinary natural beauty that contributes so much to the Meadowmount Experience,” Director Eric Larson stated. “So, to help celebrate this side of Meadowmount I asked abstract-realist painter Jeremiah Miller to come up, look around and choose a scene to paint that he thought would represent Meadowmount at its best.”

The finished work is the overwhelming 72-by-84 painting you can see on our stage in the concert hall.

The special performance of the world premier of Kenneth Frazelle’s Triple Concerto will take place on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ed Lee and Jean Campe Memorial Concert Hall located on the campus of the Meadowmount School of Music. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students or seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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