Sunday, March 25: Poughkeepsie Playlist brings fiddling fun to the Resonance concert series!
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Poughkeepsie Playlist will fill The Mainstay with down-home fiddling on March 25

Fast and furious fiddlers’ delights, from Appalachia to Ireland and mountains to hollers, will be on the bill when Poughkeepsie Playlist comes to The Mainstay on Sunday, March 25.  What could be more fun on a Sunday afternoon than Whiskey Before Breakfast and Hangman’s Reel tossed out as ear candy by four terrific musicians?

Andrea Velasquez, Rachel Conklin, Michael Champagne and Stephen Minor are superb National Music Festival alums who’ll leave Bach at home when they pack up fiddles and guitars and head for Rock Hall.  This toe-tapping, hand-clapping gig will be an early spring change of pace for the NMF’s Resonance concert series, just two months before the two-week classical festival begins in June.

It’ll be one fiddler’s amuse bouche after another at The Mainstay, from reels to polkas and great old tunes that inevitably sound familiar.  NMF Music Director Richard Rosenberg describes the Poughkeepsie Playlist foursome is “an eccentric string band with a classical flair.”

The names of the pieces in their repertoire are almost as wonderful as the music itself:  Soldier’s Joy, Catharsis, Ashoken Farewell, Off She Goes, Black Velvet Walk and Crested Hens. If you haven’t heard Limerock in a long time (or ever), you might listen to someone play it on YouTube now, then nab a ticket for the March 25th show.  When you hear the classically trained masters play it live at The Mainstay, it’ll be a performance you won’t soon forget.  Lots of folks in the audience will scoot to the edge of their chairs as the pitch rises and the tempo quickens, when it’s hard to believe those fingers and bows can fly any faster.

Fiddling like that is the best kind of contest, where the music is great and everyone’s rooting for a tie!  And in the end, as the last notes soar, the room will explode with crowd-pleasing joy.

Single tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door; children and students are $5 at the door. For ticket information, go to We are grateful to The Mainstay for hosting this concert! (And please note that their bar will be open!)

Mark your calendars!

The National Music Festival is coming up in just three months! From June 3 through 16, Kent County will be filled with music and musicians from around the world. Among the many highlights, the repertoire will include Beethoven's Third Symphony, Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra, Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, and Mozart's Requiem with the Chester River, Frederick and Annapolis Chorales. 

Visit our website to see the concert schedule. Single tickets will be available online soon. 

It's not too late to purchase a Festival Pass! Passes provide guaranteed admission and preferred seating, as well as a souvenir Festival Guide and a pass-holders-only reception. Click here to purchase yours online. 

Alumni Spotlight

Sarah Cornett
Year attended: 2015, 2016, 2017
Instrument: Viola

Sarah Cornett graduated from the University of Michigan in April of 2017 with both a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance and a K-12 Music Teacher Certification. She now attends Texas Tech University where she is pursuing her Masters of Music in Viola Performance studying under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Sparr. Sarah is the principal violist of the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Graduate String Quartet. Ms. Cornett also performs with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra as a section violist and teaches sectionals and lessons at local West Texas schools.​

Click here for more alumni updates!                                    
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
You don't. You come to Chestertown!

April 14th at 7:30pm

Resonance season finale

The renowned Jasper String Quartet is coming to town to perform at our own Emmanuel Church.

Now doesn’t that sound divine!!!

Tickets for the concert are $20. Click here to purchase online.
(This concert is included with the Annual Pass and Resonance Pass.)

Join us for a pre-concert party to support the NMF!

5:30pm – 7:00pm, Emmanuel Church Parish Hall

Wine ~ Delicious savories ~ Desserts 

Meet the Jasper and receive preferred seating at the concert.

Now doesn’t that sound heavenly!!! 

Tickets for the party are $50 and support the National Music Festival's full-scholarship apprentice program. Click here to purchase online.

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