Arturo O’Farrill Quartet, the First of Five Star-Studded Jazz at the Maverick Events, is July 2

Maverick Concerts, the oldest continuous summer chamber music festival in America, celebrates the start of its second century of Music in the Woods this year. The Arturo O'Farrill Quartet kicks off the Jazz at the Maverick series this season with two Saturday performances – a Young People's Concert in the morning and an evening concert – for his debut at the Maverick:

Date and Times: Saturday, July 2, 11 am and 8 pm
Location: 120 Maverick Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Artists: Arturo O'Farrill Quartet
Musical Program:
Afro Latin Jazz

Maverick's lively and interactive Young People's Concerts are designed for enjoyment by school-aged children, and are fun for the whole family. The Jazz at the Maverick series presents both rising stars and returning favorites: the 2016 jazz season initiates with the Maverick debut of Arturo O'Farrill, pianist, composer, educator, and founder and artistic director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.

O'Farrill was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. His debut album with his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a first GRAMMY Award nomination in 2006. His next album Song for Chico, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. The 2015 release of The Offense of the Drum was yet another Grammy Award winner. Arturo was, in addition, the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award, and a Cubadisco Award for The Offense of the Drum in 2015. His newest album release (August 21, 2015) is Cuba: The Conversation Continues on the Motéma label.

This event is part of The New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The 2016 Jazz at the Maverick series continues through August 13 on Saturday evenings at 8 pm with four outstanding performances by world-class jazz musicians:

July 16: Amir ElSaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble
July 23: Vijay Iyer, solo piano
July 30: Pianist Fred Hersch with Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone
Aug.13: Guitarist Julian Lage with his trio

Upcoming concerts for the week of July 9-10 feature a Saturday evening performance of Indian classical music, and a Sunday afternoon concert by the Shanghai String Quartet. Details are below.

Saturday, July 9, 8pm
Steve Gorn, bansuri flute
Sanjoy Banerjee, vocals
Samir Chatterjee, tabla
Namami Karmakar, harmonium
Indian Ragas

Sunday, July 10, 4pm
Shanghai String Quartet
Frank Bridge: Three Novelletten for String Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Edvard Grieg: String Quartet in G minor

A complete schedule for the 2016 season and additional information is available at

About Maverick Concerts
Built by hand in 1916 and situated amid the dappled shade of the Catskill woodland, the Maverick Concert Hall and grounds are listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Internationally acclaimed musicians return year after year to perform in Maverick's "music chapel, " a concert hall that is renowned for its sublime acoustics. The barn-like wooden structure has been restored and updated, and in May 2016, Maverick Concerts received an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Preservation League of New York State. It is a magical space that embraces the audience and immerses listeners in the most beautiful music in the world. The afternoon light filters through panels of diamond-shaped windows as birdsong and the occasional cloudburst create a benign and blissful counterpoint to the glorious music making.

Maverick Concerts, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization. Concerts are made possible in part with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Maverick Concerts Endowment Fund; Friends of Maverick; the towns of Woodstock and Hurley; local businesses; individual donors; and other public and private foundations. Yamaha is the official piano of Maverick Concerts. The Disklavier C7X grand piano appears through the generosity of Yamaha Artist Services.

photo by Laura-Mariet

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