BURRILLVILLE – An acclaimed violinist and pianist will visit Burrillville next month for an intimate performance at historic 11-acre farm.
International violinist David Bernat, accompanied by Elias Dagher on piano, will perform at Grace Note Farm on Jackson Schoolhouse Road on Sunday, Sept. 8, in the latest concert in the “Music at the Farm” series.
Farm owner Virginia Sindelar and co-sponsor Burrillville Land Trust first started bringing world-class music to the unique venue in 2018, with Sindelar using her own classical background to screen and book international talent.
A flutist trained at the Juilliard School, Sindelar purchased the farm, known as the Benjamin Smith homestead, in 1996. The property, adjacent to the George Washington Management area, and has been a working farm for more than 200 years.
The flutist has also taught music on the property and built a business as a historic inn.
In 2007, Sindelar worked out a cooperative agreement with the Burrillville Land Trust. Her “Grace Note Farm” would be the first town property to have a conservation easement – a contract intended to make the land and the structures on the property have the same look and feel forever.
And last May she added concerts to the lineup, which in 2019, will take place the second Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. through December 8.
Programs showcase musicians and music from around the world.
At the September 8 show, dubbed “Fall in Love with the violin Again” Bernat and Dagher will perform Beethoven, Schubert, Janacek, Bach, Gluck and Vaughan Williams, and a piece by a Chinese composer.
Bernat was named artist in residence at Music at the Farm for 2018 and 2019 seasons. He recently performed on BBC radio with the Tanglewood Trio and on WXQR in Juilliard’s Chamberfest and was a fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine. In 2018, he toured China with pianist Jiarong, Li.
Bernat has won competitions for young artists, including the National Music Teachers Assoc., Ft. Dodge Concerto Competition and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Young Artists Competition. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Music Mountain Chamber Concerts, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Festival, under well known conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Charles Dutoit and Hugh Wolf. He was concertmaster of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra and is currently in the masters program at the Juilliard School of Music.
Dagher was born in Boston to a family of Lebanese immigrants. After completing undergraduate studies at Columbia University and Juilliard School, he received his master’s degree in piano performance at New England Conservatory as a student of Alexander Korsantia. He now studies collaborative piano at NEC, where he works with top vocalists and instrumentalists.
Music at the farm concerts are co-sponsored by Grace Note Farm, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the Burrillville Land Trust. A family friendly environment, the farm invites guests to bring a picnic lunch prior to the concert, and are invited to enjoy home made desserts and tour the grounds after the concert.
Tickets are $20, or $10 for students, and are available at the door or through Eventbrite.com.