Presented by Close Encounters With Music at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts and venues in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and New York's Hudson Valley, the 10-day festival typically includes concerts, lectures and master classes featuring faculty artists and young string musicians and vocalists from around the world.
Instead, this year's festival, July 20-31, will be offered online In addition to performing and attending master classes and discussions, students each receive four private lessons.
Close Encounters Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani joins us.
While you may not immediately recognize the name François Clemmons, you certainly may know him from his groundbreaking role as Officer Clemmons, a recurring character on "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" with Fred Rogers.
Clemmons overcame a difficult childhood of discrimination to become a musician, a noted choir director, and to serve as a positive image of a black American at a time when racial tensions in the United States were very high.
As he writes in his new memoir, he found a family in Fred Rogers, a friend and mentor. He writes about his life and his deep friendship with Rogers in his new memoir "Officer Clemmons."