- Piano Summer returns to SUNY New Paltz
The School of Fine & Performing Arts at SUNY New Paltz celebrates the 20th-anniversary season of PianoSummer, its international summer institute and festival devoted exclusively to piano music. Under the direction of renowned pianist and artistic director Vladimir Feltsman, the program pairs gifted students with world-class musicians and teachers, offering private instruction, master classes, and student recitals and festival concerts open to the public. The festival kicks off on July 12 with a Faculty Gala concert featuring this summer's seven instructors. Also programmed is the Jacob Flier Piano Competition, open to students under 35. A Symphony Gala closes the festival on August 1 with a piano concerto performed by the 2014 competition winner and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, under the baton of Vladimir Feltsman. Students and faculty tickle the ivories at the McKenna Theatre, SUNY New Paltz. (845) 257-3880; Newpaltz.edu/piano.