Musicians perform at a previous year’s Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival.
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Musicians perform at a previous year’s Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival.

Pikes Falls festival returns to Jamaica after pandemic hiatus

Community invited to three concerts and a garden party featuring musicians from Vermont and afar

JAMAICA — Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival is returning to celebrate the 2023 summer season with an admission-free concert series. Concerts begin on Tuesday, Aug. 8 in Jamaica and run through Saturday, Aug. 12.

The summer festival emphasizing music and visual art began in 2012, founded by Susanna Loewy, who continues as the nonprofit's executive director.

Since then, PFCM has performed 59 concerts in southern Vermont, commissioned 13 world premieres, and has shown 13 works of visual art.

As described in a news release, this year's schedule includes three new concerts with "a stronger focus on celebrating the community." The festival highlights musicians from the Grammy-nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., as well as musicians from in and around Vermont.

As is PFCM's tradition, a piece by the festival's composer-in-residence, Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis, will be performed at the concluding concert.

Performances will be held at the Jamaica Town Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 8, featuring Ensemble Amphion Baroque, and on Saturday, Aug. 12, when the Pikes Falls Chamber Musicians will play. They will also perform at the Grafton Community Church on Thursday, Aug. 10.

All three performances start at 7 p.m. and are free. A limited number of reserved seats are available for $10.

Throughout the week, PFCM will also perform for assisted living facilities in Manchester and Townshend. Additionally, PFCM will celebrate and join the community in hosting a garden party on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 3417 Vermont Route 30.

For more information and to purchase reserved seating, visit

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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