By Greg Sukiennik, gsukiennik
MANCHESTER — The brand-new Taconic Music mugs on the living room coffee table in Ariel Rudiakov and Joana Genova’s Manchester Village home say “where music meets life.”
They don’t say “festival.”
And Rudiakov and Genova, who are co-directors and teachers as well as musicians (viola and violin, respectively), emphasize that their goal is for their fledgling organization to be a year-round presence in the community — one that also happens to run a music festival and an education program for aspiring chamber music students in the summer.
“We don’t like to apply limitations,” said Rudiakov, who is also director of the Danbury (Conn,) Symphony Orchestra.
Taconic Music’s founders and directors are excited about the four-week festival they will present from June 25 through July 16, running concurrently with an educational program for nine chamber music students.
But they’re just as excited about the community concerts that they’ll be performing at schools throughout the region and at Manchester Community Library.
They’ll play music Brazilian and Andean folk music mixed with western classical elements in the string quartets of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Gabriela Lena Frank, as well as the Argentinian tango of Astor Piazzolla, contemporary American composer Andy Akiho’s music for marimba and string quartet, Russell Peck’s “Don’t Tread On Me or on My String Quartet” and Katy Czar’s arrangement of “YYZ” by the Canadian rock band Rush, with Matt Gold joining the strings on drums.
There will be a total of three concerts coming up this week at MCL: 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, and at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. The 10:30 a.m. concert is geared towards families.
Rudiakov and Genova, who also teaches at Williams College, are a couple who very much love what they do.
“When you bring the music and you see reactions from people who are disabled, who are veterans, who are children and offer…