‘Live from Lincoln Center’ coming to Shaker Village music fest

Patrons filled the Meadow View Barn for the May 30, 2010 performance of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. Photos by Kirk Schlea.

Patrons filled the Meadow View Barn for the May 30, 2010 performance of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. Photos by Kirk Schlea.

For decades, arts fans have tuned into PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center to find out what is happening at the venerable New York institution.

At the end of this month, the series will travel from New York for the first time to find out what happens at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill every Memorial Day weekend.

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. They are shown performing in the Meadow View Barn  May 30, 2010 at the Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill.  © Photo by Kirk Schlea.

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are artistic directors of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. They are shown performing in the Meadow View Barn May 30, 2010 at the Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill.

Since 2007, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass has welcomed musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, led by artistic directors cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, for a weekend of performances in the village and at the hilltop Meadow View Barn, which was restored for the event.

This year’s fest will present a slightly expanded lineup of 14 musicians to present American works such as Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring — if you heard the Lexington Philharmonic present the chamber setting in 2011, you know how lovely that version is –for the broadcast on July 31. Click here for more on the performances that weekend and ticket information.

Live from Lincoln Center is celebrating its 40th season, but this will be the first time it has taken the show on the road.

“With this upcoming broadcast event, we reach new horizons in showcasing the excellent Chamber Music Society musicians, from a stage beyond our concert halls in New York,” Andrew C. Wilk, executive producer of the series, said in a news release. “The Chamber Music Society is a great ambassador and this is an exciting way to conclude a remarkable season of incredible events.”

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