The venerable Maverick Concerts in Woodstock have declared the weekend of August 12 to be a kind of micro-festival: one that illuminates the surprising range of music and culture that Maverick champions. On Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m., Maverick and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild present the Harlem String Quartet, performing a concert for children in the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, located at 36 Tinker Street in downtown Woodstock. All children are admitted free. Adult admission costs $5.
That Saturday evening at 6 p.m., internationally known and innovative percussion ensemble NEXUS takes the stage at Maverick’s own beautiful seasonal venue. Headed by Woodstock’s master percussionist and instrument-builder Gary Kvistad, NEXUS performs Modernist compositions and world music on a staggering variety of instruments: Swiss cowbells, Chinese drums, Tibetan prayer bowls, Middle Eastern hand drums, Southeast Asian water buffalo bells and much more. Tickets range from $30 to $55, with a sizable student discount.
Founded in 2006 by award-winning violinist and soloist Melissa White, the Grammy-winning Harlem String Quartet perform at the Maverick on Sunday, August 13 at 4 p.m. The program, titled “New Foundations, IX,” includes works by Joaquín Turina, Gabriela Lena Frank, Guido Lopez Gavilán and Alexander Borodin. Tickets cost $45, $25 and $5 for students.
For tickets and additional information, visit www.maverickconcerts.org. Maverick Concerts are located at 120 Maverick Road in Woodstock.