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Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Year 4

Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Year 4

Music and Art in the Foothills of the Green Mountains


August 12, 2015Joe Hallman’s five for five

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

Here’s the recording of one of our commissions for this year… Joseph Hallman‘s five for five from the August 1 Town Hall concert.


August 12, 2015: Thank you!

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

Our 4th season has now come to a successful close.

Thanks to all of you for your support throughout the year. We’re all already looking forward to next year.

Couple of new happenings on the horizon: We’ll be up in Vermont in the Spring (probably late March) for an educational week with a poetry writing component. At the end of the week, we’ll have a couple of public performances… both at the Latchis in Brattleboro and the Town Hall in Jamaica. 

Next summer (year 5!) we’ll have a singer amongst us, and the world premiere will be a song cycle with mixed instrumentation; the songs will use the poetry created during the Spring week.

So, stay tuned for more details as they develop.

Meanwhile, check out our updated online store. We can send you recordings of both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, as well as merchandise with artist-in-residence Kimberly Culotta’s beautiful depiction of Pikes Falls (pictured). 

Most importantly though, thank you again. We couldn’t do this without you.

Susanna Loewy

August 3, 2015: Sunday Funday

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

The weekend fun continued with a performance at the Jamaica Farmers market Sunday morning. Then kids young and old came out to Bash the Trash, turning junk into musical instruments. And finally, we danced into the night at the Community pot-luck and open mic.  #PFCM2015 #Jamaicavt

August 3, 2015: Sunday Funday in Jamaica

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

The weekend fun continued with a performance at the Jamaica Farmers market Sunday morning. Then kids young and old came out to Bash the Trash, turning junk into musical instruments. And finally, we danced into the night at the Community pot-luck and open mic.  #PFCM2015 #Jamaicavt

August 3, 2015: Congratulations to PFCM’s performers

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

Congratulations to all #PFCM2015 performers. Saturday’s concert was another triumphant victory for #Newmusic. Featuring works by #JuliaAdolphe, #JosephHallman, and #JoanTower. 


August 1, 2015: Please Play

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

Andrew Brehm’s Installation is up and ready for playing!

July 30, 2015: The rain stopped for our Performance in Jamaica State Park

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

The rain stopped just in time for our performance in Jamaica State Park. A lovely crowd of nature loving families stopped by to enjoy the music in the woods.  

The concert began with Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia Duo for Violin and Viola, followed by the World Premiere of Hallman’s Five Four Five. The performance concluded with Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major.    

If you missed the performance, you’ll get another chance to hear these pieces Saturday evening at the Jamaica Town Hall Concert. 

July 30, 2015: Concerts Start Today!

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

Good morning!
Rehearsals have been going very well; we’re all ready and excited to start performing. Tonight we’re at the Jamaica State Park, tomorrow in Weston at the Vermont Country Store, and then Saturday we have our first Town Hall Concert.
Saturday, August 1 at 7PM in Jamaica, VT’s Town Hall
(come at 6:30 for the pre-concert talk)

Adolphe Veil of Leaves
Handel-Halverson Passacaglia 
Tower Island Prelude
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major
Hallman Five for Five (World Premiere)

All concerts are free. If you’d like to guarantee a seat in the Town Hall, we are offering a limited number of reserved tickets for $10. (Reserve by 4PM of concert day.)

Hope to see you soon!

July 27, 2015: First Rehearsal

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

All the musicians have arrived and rehearsals are officially under way

July 26, 2015: Let it Begin!

Posted by: Susanna Loewy

The 2015 season has kicked off with Susanna and Julia Biber performing at Jamaica’s Old Home Day on Saturday.  The falls are lovely and swimmable as ever, and we eagerly await the arrival of the rest of the musicians tomorrow!

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The Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival is now planning its 4th season. 

PFCM in 2015 will have two evening concerts in Jamaica's Town Hall; the programs will then be taken on the road to nearby towns in Southern Vermont. Preview concerts will be held in the Jamaica State Park, the Jamaica Farmer's Market, and the West River Farmer's Market.

PFCM's programming is eclectic, combining standards of the classical canon with world premieres. This season's repertoire includes premieres by Joseph Hallman and Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis, and a recent Vermont-inspired string quartet by Julia Adolphe. These new works are paired with selections by Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev, and others. 

The festival will also host an an open rehearsal, a music/art collaboration for children and young adults, a community potluck with an open mic, and a joint concert with The Bondville Boys.

The visual artists are a sculptor/painter, a cinematographer, and a costume artist. The final concert highlights an interdisciplinary event with everyone involved with the festival: musicians wearing costumes related to the themes of the sculptures/paintings displayed in the Town Hall will play an original score to the cinimatographer's video. The performance will take place on the floor of the Town Hall (instead of on the stage) in order to provide audience-interaction. The costumes bridge the visual art (sculpture/painting/video) to the music.

Admission is free, to enable attendance for everyone interested.

PFCM wants to become a lasting part of Jamaica's artistic community. Ultimately, the festival's goals include a 3-week session in the summertime, along with a shorter educational residency in the winter or spring. The educational component would ideally involve a fellowship for young musicians, composers, and visual artists from the area to work alongside PFCM musicians and artists. 

The fesitval is a project of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Richard Scerbo, Inscape is pushing the boundaries of classical music with riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience. With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, DC region and beyond. Inscape works joyously and often with emerging American composers and has a commitment to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time. Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works. Inscape is recorded by Sono Luminus records and is represented internationally by Ellen Beveridge at EB Artists.

Project-related Media

Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Inaugural Year

Created by Kimberly Culotta, PFCM's cinematographer, the video briefly documents the 2012 inaugural festival, showing scenes from rehearsals, the music/art collaboration for families, and performances. Music for the video is an excerpt of "The Vermont," by Joseph Hallman, which was a world premiere written for (and commissioned by) the festival.

PFCM: Lovecraftian elsewheres

Created during the 2013 festival, this music video of the first movement of Joseph Hallman's "Lovecraftian elsewheres" was staged, filmed, and edited by PFCM's cinematographer Kimberly Culotta. The set was created by festival musicians and artists in the barn attached to the festival house, and the piece was played and recorded by Inscape Chamber Orchestra with Sono Luminus Records.

PFCM 2014 Program Book

This program book lists all the 2014 events, along with complete bios of all musicians, artists, and personnel. Program notes and festival vision statements are also included.


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One response to “Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival: Year 4”

  1. derrik jordan says:

    HI – I’m a composer based in Brattleboro VT. I’m looking forward to your residency in Jamaica and plan on attending some of your concerts. I am most inspired by world music and have written for the Vermont Symphony and many chamber groups. I mostly work in world fusion/classical and like to bring together different music and musicians to create new styles. I’m looking forward to hearing you and meeting you next week.

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07/30/2015 - 08/07/2015


Jamaica, Vermont

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Susanna Loewy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Flutist Susanna Loewy received a BM and MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a DMA from Rutgers University. Her principal teachers were Jeffrey Khaner, Joshua Smith, Bart Feller, and Philip Dunigan. Susanna is currently the Assistant Professor of Flute at Kutztown University, is a Teaching Artist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, is the Curriculum Coordinator and Lead Teaching Artist...


Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis

New York, New York

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Julia Adolphe

Role: Composer

Joseph Hallman

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Role: Composer-in-Residence

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