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 2018 festival is "Vienna in Transition:
From the Enlightenment to the Dawn of Modernism." The Festival will explore some of the most influential music composed in Vienna: from a lesser-known Oboe Quartet by Vanhal (1771), through the chamber music of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, all the way to Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet (1908). We are also pleased to introduce the new Blattner Lecture Series, featuring star lecturers to escort you through this Viennese musical journey.
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.