We are proud to keep alive Hervey White’s dream of a home for great music in Woodstock. Maverick’s 2016 season marks the beginning of the second century of glorious music, performed and heard in the historic 1916 concert hall and which has echoed in the surrounding woods for over a century. As the oldest continuous summer chamber music series in America, Maverick Concerts has served as the template for all the festivals that followed.
Maverick is as vigorous and vital today as it was one hundred and one years ago when the festival was conceived by its founder, the visionary poet and philosopher, novelist and artist community builder, Hervey White. Maverick upholds and preserves his vision of a permanent Music Chapel for what he called “the highest art,” chamber music. To build the hall, Hervey recruited a small army of dedicated artists and community volunteers, who constructed it entirely by hand in 1916.
We honor and sustain this incomparable paradigm of rustic splendor, and are very proud that the Hall is now a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places.
This season at Maverick will indeed herald a new century, and some new voices, as we begin our second century of music in the woods. I'm particularly pleased with our Jazz at the Maverick miniseries in this regard. Our annual treat of fabulous Saturday night jazz performances continues to grow at our rustic music chapel. Some old favorites, like our beloved pianist Fred Hersch, will return— this time with soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. Newer favorites like Julian Lage and his trio will also be back; and we'll have some out-and-out Maverick firsts that I'm really excited about. The amazing young pianist, composer and MacArthur "genius" grant winner Vijay Iyer will perform solo. The Afro-Cuban jazz genius Arturo O'Farrill will be here with his quartet, in both Young People's and regular evening shows. Perhaps most extraordinary, the young Iraqi-American artist Amir ElSaffar will be joined by his Two Rivers Ensemble for the area premiere of his CRISIS Suite, commissioned recently for the Newport Jazz Festival. It promises to be our best summer of jazz to date!
I'm equally excited about our upcoming classical Sunday afternoons, as we feature both old favorites and new friends in some of the finest chamber music performances you can find anywhere. As usual, every Sunday afternoon concert will be a gem, with programs that, in the Maverick house style, bring together in conversation modern voices with those of the great masters.
Music Director Alexander Platt in front of Maverick Hall photo
by Dion Ogust
Milton Glaser 2015, gift of the artist
This iconic limited edition centennial poster by the renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser is available in two versions: Unsigned for $50 and signedfor$200. Contact Maverick Concerts for more information.
The poster is already in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and
the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum.
Maverick Concerts’ mission is to bring a broad range of performances of classical and
contemporary chamber music and jazz of the highest caliber to a wide range of audiences in a unique, rustic hall at the heart of Woodstock’s cultural heritage. Our vision is to provide a haven of artistic excellence
and to share the intimacy of live performances that celebrate the interplay between performer
and audience in a hand-hewn, historic setting in the woods.