Valley of the Moon Music Festival was founded in 2015 by pianist Eric Zivian and cellist Tanya Tomkins. It is the first and only festival in the U.S. devoted exclusively to presenting the chamber music of the Classical and Romantic eras, performed on original period instruments – or authentic reproductions – from the time the music was written. The Festival also features young up-and-coming musicians participating in the Apprenticeship Program, which offers a rare opportunity to study this repertoire in depth on period instruments while playing alongside and under the direction of some of the world’s leading experts in historic performance practice.
The theme of the 2017 Festival is “Schumann’s World: His Music and the Music He Loved – Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and others.” Robert Schumann was a brilliant composer and an influential critic who wrote with passion and humor about the struggles and ecstasies of his contemporaries and musical precursors. This year’s program presents Schumann’s music alongside the music of composers he idolized and championed in an effort to immerse audiences more deeply into his world.
Enjoy a picnic on the patio of the Hanna Boys Center before attending a concert, and stay for a complimentary glass of wine while mingling with the artists afterwards.