Encounters HeaderSummerFest Encounters delve further into specific topics often not directly related to programming. Past Encounters have covered in-depth considerations of music history and theory, roundtable discussions with composers-in-residence, and presentations on developing a successful career in music.

All Encounters are held at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (Directions)
Free Event! No reservation necessary.


Thursday, August 11

12:30 – 2:00 PM
With Nuvi Mehta
Vienna 1900: How the Past made the Future

Join Nuvi Mehta to explore the unique confluence of composers, painters, sculptors and philosophers – Mahler, Webern, Korngold and Zemlinsky, among many others – in the glittering salons of early 20th century Vienna.


Thursday, August 18

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Special Performance Encounter
Join us for this special performance Encounter, hosted by Eric Bromberger, SummerFest Scholar-in-Residence and featuring this year’s SummerFest
Fellowship Artists alongside violinist Andrew Wan and violists Pierre LaPointe
and Robert Brophy.


Thursday, August 25

12:30 – 2:00 PM
With Marc-André Hamelin
Join us for an in-depth discussion of the intricate interplay between performing and composing with Marc-André Hamelin hosted by Eric Bromberger.