The Wintergreen Music Festival kicks off a busy month of performances, master classes and related special events at 2 p.m. Sunday with “Vines & Violins — A Journey Through the Senses.”
The event at Veritas Vineyard & Winery, led by Wintergreen Music’s artistic director, Erin Freeman, will pair five musical selections with five wines. Tickets are $30; they’re $10 for pass holders.
The festival will run through Aug. 4 at the Wintergreen Resort and a handful of nearby locations. In addition to a new name, a new logo and a new web address (wintergreen-music.org), Wintergreen Music is taking different directions for several theme nights.
Look for Fresh Perspectives programs on Wednesday evenings, which will focus on exploration and discovery; Fiery Fridays, a high-energy approach to pops; and Social Sundays, which expands the popular Coffee & Kids programming into a series of family-friendly performances and local foods.
Monday brings the start of a new season of Morning Seminars, which are offered at 9:30 a.m. weekdays through Aug. 2 in the Wintergreen Resort’s Michael White Performance Center. The first week’s classes will focus on the fundamentals of music, including rhythm, melody, harmony and instruments.
Mix, Mingle & Music returns to the resort’s Dunlop Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The cocktail half-hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by “Opening Night — Classical Transformation,” a concert filled with classical, jazz, klezmer and Indian folk music.
The concert is $32 on its own; if paired with the Opening Night Party at 7:30 p.m. at the Michael White Performance Center, the package is $65.
Wednesday brings the season’s first Fresh Perspectives program to Dunlop Pavilion. “From the 1700s to Today — What’s Old Is New & Old Again” begins at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $35.
The second Mix, Mingle & Music event will be Thursday night at nearby Bold Rock Hard Cider. The cider and dinner hour begins at 5 p.m., and the “Bold, Beautiful Birds” concert follows at 7 p.m. with works by Caroline Shaw and Franz Joseph Haydn (yes, it’ll include his famous “String Quartet Op. 64, No. 5, ‘The Lark’”). Tickets are $32, and reservations are required.
The first Fiery Fridays programming is Movie Night with “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dunlop Pavilion. It’s an opportunity to watch Buster Keaton’s silent film “Haunted Mansion” with music written by Academy composition students and the 1920 version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with music by composer Daron Hagen. Tickets are $35.
Saturday brings the start of the season’s MountainTop Masterworks concert series. Conductor Stephen Mulligan will lead the orchestra in “Art Becomes Music” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Dunlop Pavilion; the program includes works by Respighi, Dvorak, Stravinsky and Academy alumna Jessica Rudman.
Tickets are $45 and include the pre-concert conversation with Mulligan an hour before the performance. The program can be heard again at 3 p.m. July 14.
The festival is looking to the future with a new strategic plan and expanded emphasis on its Academy, which gives young musicians a chance to work as colleagues with professionals. Audience members will get multiple chances to hear Academy musicians perform.
The schedule also includes cooking classes, master classes and more. Plan your visits online by exploring the complete schedule at wintergreen-music.org. For tickets or information, dial (434) 361-0541.