Noon Music in May

Presenting Sponsors: The Family of Irene Bareau
Artist Accommodations provided by Green Mountain Inn
Additional support from theTown of Stowe and Stowe Reporter

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Noon Music in May concerts are presented free of charge; no tickets are required. Contributions are accepted and greatly appreciated.

  • May 5      Sheffield Sessions, Annie Bartlett and Jake Armerding, fiddles and acoustic strings
  • May 12    Peter Sykes, organ
  • May 19    Diana Fanning, piano
  • May 26    Craftsbury Chamber Players – Mary Jane Austin, piano, Mary Rowell, violin and Fran Rowell, cello

As always, Stowe Community Church has graciously provided the space, piano and organ to make this series possible. We will happily comply with their requirements. Seating is limited and open to fully-vaccinated attendees only. Social distancing, masks, proof of COVID vaccinations and reservations are required. We will honor reservations for parties of one, two or four. If there are more than four people in your party, please divide the group in any way you wish.

To reserve your seat, please follow these instructions!

Send the following to or Stowe Performing Arts, PO Box 3283, Stowe, VT 05672.
Your reservation must be received before midnight on the Monday prior to the concert.
You may reserve space for more than one, two, three or four concerts in one email.
Provide name, address, email address, telephone number and proof of COVID vaccinations for everyone in your party, up to four people.
You will receive a confirmation of receipt of the information.
Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the start of the concert.
You will be directed to your assigned seat.

Thank you for complying with these instructions and for supporting the artists with your presence.

The arts community was drastically affected by the restrictions on gathering for concert events over the past year. For 45 years Stowe Performing Arts has relied on the generosity of local businesses, individuals and concertgoers to support our efforts to contribute to the cultural vitality of this community. Now, more than ever, we need your support.

If you would like to make a donation to help us present the concerts in the 2021 season, you may send a check to Stowe Performing Arts, PO Box 3283, Stowe, VT 05672. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. (A credit card option will be available soon. Please come back!)


MAY 12
Peter Sykes, organ

Peter Sykes is one of the most distinguished and versatile keyboard artists performing today. His program will feature music of Niels Gade, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and Louis Vierne, showing both the Baroque and Romantic sides of this organ’s vocabulary with music from Germany, France, Denmark, and the USA, including music from African-American composer Florence Price.

His playing has variously been called “compelling and moving,” “magnificent and revelatory,” and “bold, imaginative, and amazingly accurate.” He has appeared in recital for the American Guild of Organists, the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, the Organ Historical Society, American Institute of Organbuilders, International Society of Organbuilders, at the Library of Congress, Boston Early Music Festival, Aston Magna Festival, New England Bach Festival, Portland Chamber Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, and with Ensemble Project Ars Nova, The King’s Noyse, Musica Antiqua Köln, Blue Heron, and throughout the United States, including an appearance in Boston’s Jordan Hall as a featured soloist in the Bank of Boston Emerging Artists Celebrity Series. He is frequently heard on the nationally syndicated radio program “Pipedreams.”  

He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Gabriel Chodos, Blanche Winogron, Mireille Lagacé, Robert Schuneman, and Yuko Hayashi, and Concordia University in Montreal, where he studied with Bernard Lagacé. In 1978 he was winner of the Chadwick Medal from the New England Conservatory for outstanding undergraduate achievement; in the same year, he was a winner of the school’s annual concerto competition, playing the Harpsichord Concerto of Frank Martin.  In 1983 he was the winner of the Boston Chapter American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition; in 1986, winner of the Second International Harpsichord Competition sponsored by the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society.  He was the 1993 laureate of the Erwin Bodky Award for excellence in early music performance.  In May 2005 he received the Outstanding Alumni award from the New England Conservatory for career achievement since graduation. In May 2011 he was honored by the St. Botolph Club Foundation with its Distinguished Artist Award, a major gift awarded annually to an artist who has demonstrated outstanding talent and an exceptional diversity of accomplishment. The award letter characterized him as “one of the major musical intellects and imaginations of our time.”

In demand as a teacher and mentor of aspiring professional performers, he is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Historical Performance Department at Boston University. In the spring of 2014 he was invited to join the faculty of the Historical Performance Department at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City as its principal instructor of harpsichord. Since 1985 he has served as Director of Music at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. He is Chair of the Organ Library Committee of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has been adjudicator for competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the Bach International Harpsichord Festival in Montreal as well as the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in London and the Miami International Organ Competition. A member of the board of the Cambridge Society for Early Music, he is a founding board member and current president of the Boston Clavichord Society.

May 19
Diana Fanning, piano

Diana Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic, Canada and Germany.  In recent years she has performed at the Schloss Leopoldskron (“Sound of Music” castle) in Salzburg, and in Prague at the invitation of the International Dvorak Society.

After a solo recital in Munich, a critic wrote that “Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed. Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic.”  Ms. Fanning has performed on numerous occasions as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.  She was featured as soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in the debut concert of the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited back for performances of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. Radio audiences hear her frequently over Vermont Public Radio, and she was interviewed on Radio Prague. She has also performed live on “Morning Pro Musica” (WGBH-FM) Boston and on WNYC, New York City.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takacs, the Jupiter and the Alexander String Quartets, and with ensembles from Point Counterpoint Music Camp, which she owned and directed for ten years with her husband Emory Fanning. As a member of the Davydov-Fanning Duo with the outstanding cellist Dieuwke Davydov, she has performed widely in the U.S., completed eight concert tours of Europe, and recorded for Radio Netherlands.

Ms. Fanning’s CD of works by Janáček, Chopin and Debussy received enthusiastic reviews in England and the U.S. She also released a recording of live concert performances with Dieuwke Davydov. Her principal teacher was Ruth Geiger of New York City; she also studied with Marcelle Heuclin at the Paris Conservatory. She is an Affiliate Artist at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Ms. Fanning will perform music of Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin and Franz Schubert, part of a program to be performed in 2022 in Paris.

May 26
Craftsbury Chamber Players Piano Trio – Mary Jane Austin, piano, Mary Rowell, violin, Frances Rowell, cello

Mary Jane Austin is very excited to be playing concerts again! In normal times, she conducts the Mad River Chorale, a post she enjoys after a long tenure as a collaborative pianist for the organization. She has worked as vocal coach at the Italian opera program EPCASO from 1995-2016. Currently principal keyboardist of the Vermont Symphony, in 2016 she was awarded the title of “Honorary Conductor” by the VSO. She is the pianist and chorus master for the Opera Company of Middlebury (OCM), and enjoys regularly collaborating with TURNmusic, Eleva Chamber Players, and Vermont Virtuosi. She co-founded the Vermont Italian Opera Intensive with bass Erik Kroncke, and together they direct opera and operettas at the Unadilla Theatre in Calais every summer. Currently on the faculties of Middlebury College and Northern Vermont University, she directs musical theater productions at both institutions in addition to teaching piano, music theory, and coaching singers at NVU. She is also the vocal coach for the Youth Opera Workshop, organist at the Waterbury Congregational Church, and rehearsal pianist for the South Burlington Community Chorus.

Critically acclaimed as one of today’s most important and exciting performers, innovative violinist Mary Rowell defies classification. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in contemporary classical music by co-founding the post-classical quartet ETHEL. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Mary is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in “Avante-Pop” and, with composer/performer Eve Beglarian, is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is on the faculty of Middlebury College and concertmaster of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Broadway hit show Newsies.

Cellist Frances Rowell was born and raised in Craftsbury Vermont. She got some of her earliest musical inspiration and instruction from the artists of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School before moving to Allentown, PA where she enjoyed a rich musical life as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and recitalist. Since 1995 she has been a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her performances as a member of the orchestra, she performs chamber music concerts, conducts master classes, and performs school educational programs through the New Jersey Symphony’s REACH program. Fran teaches as an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University and performs on the roster of Young Audiences of NJ. Summers spent making music with colleagues of the Craftsbury Chamber Players continues to be a highlight of her concert season.

At the request of the late Irene Bareau, the program will include Franz Schubert’s Trio in B-flat Major, as well as Joachin Turano’s Circulo. 

The arts community was drastically affected by the restrictions on gathering for concert events over the past year. For 45 years Stowe Performing Arts has relied on the generosity of local businesses, individuals and concertgoers to support our efforts to contribute to the cultural vitality of this community. Now, more than ever, we need your support.

If you would like to make a donation to help us present the concerts in the 2021 season, you may send a check to Stowe Performing Arts, PO Box 3283, Stowe, VT 05672. Your contributions are fully tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. (A credit card option will be available soon. Please come back!)


Sheffield Sessions – Annie Bartlett and Jake Armerding, fiddles and acoustic strings

The Boston Globe calls violinist-producer Jake Armerding “the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years.”  Armerding grew up playing classical violin and listening to 80’s pop radio, and now performs with Rosin, Barnstar! and The Fretful Porcupine. Over the course of 2500 performances, he has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

For violinist and violist Annie Bartlett, music is about creating experiences and community. When she is not playing music, she lives for outdoor adventures with her husband, boys and two rescue dogs. “Always go. You never know what you’ll find,” is her family mantra and the most interesting experiences in her musical life have also emerged from exploring new territory. As a member of Rosin, a fiddle player in Hank Wonder, founding member of the Sheffield Sessions, and Board Chair of the Winchester Community Music School, Annie has fused her classical training (Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New England Conservatory, Yale University) and her adventurous spirit to create a musical community that brings together musicians and audiences across genres.

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