This June, an exciting new music festival will be held in Saratoga Springs at Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center – the Mostly Modern Festival! This unique, multi-day festival will focus on the music of our time and present eight concerts featuring a wide range of guest artists and ensembles, an orchestra largely consisting of Mostly Modern Festival Institute (MMFI) participants, and much more.
What is the Mostly Modern Festival?
The Mostly Modern Festival was founded by the husband and wife team of composer Robert Paterson and violinist Victoria Paterson. Their goal was to create a contemporary music version of the traditional summer festival experience that allows audiences to enjoy new and fresh sounds.
The Mostly Modern Festival Institute is best described as the educational component of the Mostly Modern Festival. The MMFI offers one-on-one instruction and professional performance experience for over 70 instrumentalists and conductors, who will also be a major part of the music festival.
The festival ensembles will include the American Modern Ensemble (the acclaimed group founded by the Patersons in 2004), the American Modern Orchestra (comprised of the Institute’s participants and faculty), and additional guest ensembles and performers.
What are the Program Highlights?
From June 8-18, 2018, the Mostly Modern Festival will feature eight concerts by festival and guest ensembles, and the MMFI. Not only that, but there will be over 30 world premieres of new works by MMFI participant composers, such as William Anderson, Kyle Brown, Kenneth Eggert, Nicholas Fife William Hawkins, and many others.
The 2018 Schedule:
- Friday, June 8 at 7:30pm – American Modern Ensemble
- Saturday, June 9 at 7:30pm – Euclid Quartet
- Sunday, June 10 at 3:00pm – American Modern Orchestra
- Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30pm – Atlantic Brass Quintet
- Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm – American Modern Ensemble
- Friday, June 15 at 7:30pm – Imani Winds
- Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm – American Modern Orchestra
- Sunday, June 17 at 2:00pm – American Modern Orchestra
Attend the Mostly Modern Festival
Tickets for each concert will cost $20 for general admission and $10 for students. A Mostly Modern “Insider Pass” will include admission to all the concerts and free admission to the opening and closing night parties (June 7 and June 17).
These public performances will be professionally videotaped, and the videos will be made available to participants afterwards. The concerts may also be streamed live.
Get ready to experience fresh and modern works at the Mostly Modern Festival!
- Mostly Modern Festival – Home Page