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Southampton Arts Festival kicks off

Dmitri Berlinsky performs at the first Southampton Arts

Dmitri Berlinsky performs at the first Southampton Arts Festival in 2010. Photo Credit: Katya Chilingiri

The weeklong Southampton Arts Festival kicked off its second year this week at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Founded by internationally acclaimed musicians, Dmitri Berlinsky and Elena Baksht, the chamber music festival will feature four professional and two student performances, which begin Thursday night and continue throughout the week.

Berlinsky said it was a dream of his to direct a festival in Southampton since he began visiting the town about 10 years ago.

“I feel that it is my second home here in Southampton, I’ve been coming here for many years,” he said. “I would like to share it with my colleagues and, most importantly, the student program.”

The festival will feature 15 music students from the United States and abroad, who arrived on Monday for workshops and concert rehearsals. The faculty, which will perform evening concerts during the festival, includes musicians from ensembles, such as the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony; and music professors from around the country.

Faculty performances, which will also feature guest artists, will take place in the evenings on Aug. 18, 20, 22 and 25; and free student concerts will be performed during the day on Aug. 20 and 22.

On Aug. 22, there will also be a photography exhibition shown at the Cultural Center accompanied by music that was inspired by the work.

A third element to the festival is music workshops for children, which will take place throughout the week, Berlinksy said.

“This will be a very educational place,” he said.

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