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PLAY: The Classics

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is proud to announce an exciting collaboration with Shandelee Music Festival to present a world-class classical concert series for all ages. PLAY: The Classics, a series of five performances in the magnificent Event Gallery at Bethel Woods, debuts on September 15, 2016, with dates through 2017.

The series will include the following artists and performances:


Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM
“An Evening of Chamber Music” with the Hermitage Piano Trio
Misha Keylin, violin
Sergey Antonov, cello
IIya Kazantsev, piano

Thursday, September 29 2016 at 8:00 PM
The “Embrace” of two pianos between classical music and jazz
Cristiana Pegoraro, classical pianist
Danilo Rea, jazz pianist

Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM
"Young Artist Concert" featuring Allen Yueh, solo piano
Performing works by Mozart, Schumann, and Ravel


Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM
“An Afternoon of Chamber Music” with the Aeolus Quartet   
Nicholas Tavani, violin
Rachel Shapiro, violin
Gregory Luce, viola
Alan Richardson, 'cello

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Andrew Arceci Baroque Ensemble

Darlene Fedun, Chief Executive Officer at Bethel Woods explains, “In addition to attracting traditional classical enthusiasts, PLAY: The Classics will have specific emphasis on reaching young adults in Sullivan County to introduce a love and appreciate of classical music to new audiences and youth. The program’s aim is to keep the live classical music experience vital, stimulating, and alive at Bethel Woods, and to reach out to Sullivan County youth to encourage them to experience and enjoy performances of the highest quality.”

Daniel Stroup, President of Shandelee Music Festival adds, “I am thrilled about the exciting new collaboration between Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and Shandelee Music Festival.  Our goal is to present an unparalleled concert series and inspire young people, who will be our future audience, with live classical concert experiences. PLAY: The Classics encompasses our vision.  Together, we will bring world-class artists from around the world to present concerts for all ages.  PLAY: The Classics also includes a Youth and Outreach Program to connect with, engage and inspire young adults in Sullivan County.”

Heading the Youth and Outreach program will be John Bernstein, a native of Grahamsville, NY. A music educator at Monticello High School, pianist, and graduate of the Crane School of Music, his local involvement and access to the Sullivan County Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and other professional organizations, will help spread this exciting opportunity to the area’s schools and music students. Bernstein explains, “Music has the possibility to reach all individuals, and all individuals have the possibility to explore, decipher, and enjoy music. Sullivan County students will have unparalleled opportunities to explore an influential and pivotal style of music that helped shape the course of music creation and performance. I am excited to help bring world-class performers directly into the musical lives of our students and offer these exciting live musical experiences to Sullivan County.” 

Each concert will include an engaging pre-concert introduction to the repertoire being performed and a post-concert “mingle with the artist” dessert and coffee reception.

Lana Ivanov, Shandelee Music Festival’s Artistic Director adds, "I am very excited about PLAY: The Classics because this new collaboration allows Shandelee Music Festival to co-present unique and high quality programming throughout the concert seasons!  The performances will be varied and interesting and the programming will always include something familiar and something new.   This new venture is also giving young and talented musicians the opportunity to perform at the beautiful Event Gallery.  Supporting young artists is SMF’s precedence."

Generous support for PLAY: The Classics is made possible by a gift from The Guenther Family, Midori Yamanouchi, Ph.D., Dr. John and Nancy Farkas, and Richard and Karen Goodman.