National Music Festival 10th anniversary season postponed to Aug. 8-15

From left, mentor Dana Goode and apprentice Luciano Marsalli practice at First United Methodist Church in Chestertown as part of last year’s National Music Festival. This year’s 10th anniversary festival has been rescheduled for Aug. 8 to 15.

Originally scheduled

for May 31 to June 13

CHESTERTOWN — The National Music Festival will take place later than usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Aug. 8 to 15.

“The safety and wellbeing of our community and our musicians is of paramount importance to us, and it has become clear that we cannot safely hold the Festival in June,” said Caitlin Patton, the festival’s executive director, in a news release.

The festival originally had been scheduled for May 31 to June 13.

Several summer festivals around the country have canceled their seasons, but after polling musicians on their availability, the National Music Festival Board of Directors voted to move the festival to August rather than cancel outright.

For logistical reasons, the 10th anniversary season of the festival will be one week shorter, but it will be uncompromised in musical quality.

“Our audiences can expect the same top-notch performances of orchestral and chamber music that they’ve come to expect from NMF,” said Richard Rosenberg, artistic director and principal conductor, in the release. “We’ve planned a joyous season that will both challenge our young musicians and delight concertgoers.”

As always, rehearsals will be free and open to the public, and musician apprentices will attend tuition-free. Information about concerts and programming will be posted soon on the festival’s website

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