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The Appalachian Chamber Music Festival finale, “Celtic Heritage in the Appalachian Region,” will take place August 28 from 3-6 p.m. at Happy Retreat in Charles Town. Courtesy picture

HARPERS FERRY — Katie Tertell founded the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival in 2021 because she has a love for music and a love for this region.

“It’s all my idea,” Tertell said in an interview earlier this week. “For this kind of festival, I had two big things to answer. One asked whose it was and the other where.

Inspired by the beauty of Harpers Ferry and its surroundings, Tertell has once again secured multiple venues to deliver a full program of performances for the second year of the annual festival.

A cellist, Tertell grew up in northern Virginia and currently lives abroad most of the year, serving as an instructor for cello students. His love for folk and traditional music helped form the basis of the festival. Inspired by her friends, who are also musical artists, she came up with the plan for the festival, which she set in motion last year.

Organizing the event despite the COVID-19 pandemic posed a bit of a challenge, Tertell said. However, his efforts have succeeded in launching a program that appeals to all live music lovers, regardless of age, taste or background.

Artistic director Katie Tertell plays the cello with violinist Audry Pride at the ACMF fundraising gala May 21 at Harewood House in Charles Town. Courtesy picture

“The musicians I have invited are passionate about their music” Tertell said, adding that the festival aims to not only bring the best quality music in the genre, but also showcase local talent.

Harpers Ferry is the festival’s headquarters, heavily interwoven with other nearby communities, with a number of events in Shepherdstown, Charles Town, Purcellville, Virginia, Hillsboro, Virginia, and Middlesburg, Virginia.

“Our slogan is ‘History, Nature, Culture,’ Tertell said.”We celebrate and elevate all the cultural things already in place here.

The festival’s mission is to fuse world-class chamber music performances, collaborations and outreach with the rich and inspiring history, nature and culture of the Shenandoah Valley region. The musicians involved strive to enrich the region by sharing their love of music with their audience.

To help bring the 2022 festival to life, Tertell said his organization received a grant from the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s Detlev and Mary Ellen Preissler Fund for the Arts, Music, Design and Nature.

“The grant will be used to offset the costs of venues and securing performers,” Tertell said, mentioning that the goal is to make paid shows affordable for attendees.

In fact, some of the performances will be offered free of charge, which will allow a greater number of spectators to discover the musical offerings of the ACMF. In fact, the very first event on the festival roster will be free to the public – the Festival Taster Preview at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town on August 17 at 8:15 p.m.

The 2022 festival runs from August 15-22, with eight concerts in Jefferson County and six concerts in Virginia. In addition to the concerts, two educational camps are offered as part of the festival program. A chamber music camp for strings will be held August 15-19 at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro, Va., for ages 12-18. An Adult Chamber Music Intensive will be held at the Frank Center at Shepherd University August 20-24.

This second season of the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival will focus on the influences of folk music in classical music, the roots of Appalachian music, and the influence of Celtic and Scots-Irish traditions.

“Some concerts are more traditional and others are more for families”, said Tertell. “Nothing beats live music.”

The full festival schedule, along with ticket information, is available at www.appalachianchamber.org.


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