Ages 18 and Under FREE
The first-ever Hunt Country Music Festival will take place at venues throughout Middleburg and Upperville, Virginia on May 20-22, 2022.
The Festival offers three days of exciting musical performances in Virginia’s scenic hunt country, only 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport and just one hour from Washington, D.C.
Attendees will enjoy an eclectic mix of music, ranging from Argentinian tango, classical piano, saxophone and orchestra performances to lively swing dance music performed by a big band ensemble.
Festival attendees will also enjoy free live street entertainment, free walking tours of Middleburg, Virginia’s historic sites, as well as delicious food and wine and warm hospitality available through Middleburg’s local restaurants, wineries and unique specialty boutique shops.
The Festival is produced by the MIddleburg Concert Series, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has produced musical concerts in Middleburg since 2014.
Friday, May 20 – Schedule of Events
6:00 PM, Cox Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville
QuinTango, five top-notch female chamber musicians and a crackerjack bandoneón player, captivate with exhilarating classic Argentinian tangos. For classical and non-classical music lovers alike! $30/ticket.
Sponsored by BCT Bank of Charles Town.
7:00 PM: Social Interlude with Cash Wine Bar and Finger Food
An Evening of Concertos
7:45 PM, Sanctuary, Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville
Fanfare trumpets will direct the audience into the Sanctuary. Nancia DAlimonte conducts musicians from the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra in performances of four concertos by Vivaldi (trumpet), Handel (harp), Howard Hanson (harp and organ) and Rheinberger (organ).
Acclaimed organist Todd Fickley is guest soloist.
Saturday, May 21 – Schedule of Events
Music Competition Winners Recital
10:00 AM, Middleburg United Methodist Church, Middleburg
Music Competition Winners’ Recital for top performers in the youth music competition. Monetary awards will be presented to the top three finishers, courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Armfield and an anonymous donor. No ticket necessary.
Brass on the Grass
11:00 AM, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Middleburg, Parish House Lawn
Leesburg’s own virtuoso trumpeter Doug Wilson leads a brass ensemble of professional and accomplished amateur players in a short concert of pieces designed to please the entire family. No ticket necessary but reservations are a must.
An Afternoon of Song
1:00 PM, Middleburg United Methodist Church
Canadian soprano Millicent Scarlett and lyric-dramatic baritone Thomas Beard, major stars of the Baltimore and Washington DC opera scene, will present a powerful concert of Spirituals and Arias in a duo recital with piano accompaniment. Ms. Scarlett is an adjunct professor and voice area facilitator at George Washington University, DC. Mr. Beard is an acclaimed recitalist and opera singer who has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
High Tea With Brahms
3:00 and 4:30 PM, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish House, Middleburg
In 1868 German master composer Johannes Brahms wrote Liebeslieder Waltzes, a collection of love songs scored for piano four hands and four vocal parts. Between the short songs, the singers will read from the poetry on which each of the movements is based, and from letters written between Brahms and Clara Schumann, revealing their own complicated relationship. Sonya Sutton, Music Director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Sophia Vastek are the pianists, along with a quartet of vocal soloists from the DC area. We will offer an authentic setting, since Brahms did not intend these pieces for the concert hall, rather an informal musical atmosphere; to that end Savoir Fare Ltd. will be catering this event, serving tea and scones to all attendees at both seatings.
Washington Saxophone Quartet
7:00 PM, Middleburg United Methodist Church
The Washington Saxophone Quartet became the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the nation by providing musical interludes for NPR’s “All Things Considered”. Their wide-ranging repertoire assures that this will be a concert for listeners of every age and background. Tenor saxophonist Rich Kleinfeldt also announces for Classical WETA-FM radio in Washington, DC.
Sponsored by Jack Ferguson, Berkshire Hathaway Penfed Realty.
Sunday, May 22 – Schedule of Events
Illinois Arts Duo
2:00 PM, Middleburg United Methodist Church
The Illinois Arts Duo will perform a lively and eclectic program of duo works for piano and violin. This award winning, husband and wife duo features Russian pianist, Tatiana Shustova (Piano Faculty at Millikin University in Illinois), and American violinist, Aaron Jacobs (Violin Professor at Illinois State University). This concert is sponsored by Trident Systems of Fairfax, VA with Mr. Tom Gatewood as the artist sponsor, and by Salamander Resort & Spa.
Swing Shift Big Band
4:00 PM, Middleburg Community Center
Swing Shift, a 16-piece big band led by Matt Trimboli, will perform classic swing tunes from the 1930s and 40s. Swing Shift originally formed as an amalgamation of musicians from several area bands, including the Bob Louis Big Band, the Kingsmen, Bifocals, Central Heat, the Redskins Band, and the Post-Nuclear Jazz Society. They have appeared at the Corcoran Art Gallery, the Kennedy Center, and the Washington Hilton, and have a regular gig at Blues Alley, Washington D.C.’s premiere jazz club. Instruments are saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, double bass and drums. Swing Shift also features a lead vocalist. There will be opportunities for the audience to kick up their heels and dance!
Sponsored by Chris Malone Real Estate.
Free Street Performances: Saturday at 2:15 PM and 5:30 PM; Sunday at 1 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Interspersed with the performances on Saturday and Sunday will be town criers accompanied by street performers playing bagpipes, fife and drums and fiddles. They will lead several walking tours featuring Middleburg lore, stopping at historic sites around town. No ticket required but reservations are a must.
The Hunt Country Music Festival is made possible by grants from the Town of Middleburg, Visit Loudoun, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the BCT Bank of Charles Town.
Special Thanks to our Festival sponsors:
BCT Bank of Charles Town, Chris Malone Real Estate, Jack Ferguson of Berkshire Hathaway Penfed Realty,
Salamander Resort & Spa, Tom Gatewood and Trident Corp.,
Special Thanks to Savoir Fare Ltd. for catering the High Tea With Brahms and to our festival vendors Alter Run, Bluewater Kitchen and Slater Run Vineyards.