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Introducing Susanne Stover

October 11, 2017

We are happy to announce that Susanne Stover has been hired as the Festival's new Finance and HR Officer. Stover comes to the Festival following a 20+ year corporate career in New York and California, most recently as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the New York Racing Association and Chief Financial Officer for Rosa Mexicano Restau ...

The Fellowship Program through the Eyes of a Fellow

October 3, 2017

Bixby Kennedy was a clarinet Fellow at the Festival in 2017. Originally from Maryville, TN, Bixby is a fellow of Ensemble Connect where he performs in Carnegie Hall and Juilliard, is a teaching artist in the public schools, and presents community engagement concerts throughout New York City. The recipient of the Grand Prize in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Yo ...

Thank You For An Amazing Summer!

August 4, 2017

We extend heartfelt gratitude to you: our faculty, students, patrons, and community partners, for making this 2017 Festival season an inspirational musical journey. Your participation has enriched the hearts and minds of thousands of patrons during the past six music-filled weeks. Audiences totaling over 15,000 filled venues and classrooms at over 100 con ...

August 4 Program Notes

July 27, 2017

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3  in G Major, BWV 1048 In 1721, Bach was growing weary of his post as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold in the city of Köthen, where he had worked since 1717. Despite the prestige of the post, Bach felt unfulfilled by the scope of the city’s musical tradition, and so he began seeking patronage el ...

August 2 Program Notes

July 27, 2017

LOUISE FARRENC Piano Quintet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 30 Louise Farrenc, née Dumont, was born into an artistic family: the Dumonts, extending back to her great-great-grandfather Pierre and including her brother Auguste, were successful sculptors. Louise, however, took up studies on the piano, where her precocious talent was immediately evident. She ...

July 31 Program Notes

July 24, 2017

FELIX MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13 In 1827, Beethoven’s late string quartets were published, and Mendelssohn, 18 years old, was studying the complex scores voraciously. Although the late quartets of Beethoven were received in most musical circles with skepticism or perplexity, Mendelssohn was keenly moved by them, touched ...

This Week at the Festival: July 29-August 4

July 21, 2017

There has been so much tremendous music, and there are still unforgettable performances ahead. Program highlights include Beethoven and Brahms; works by contemporary composer Andrew Norman; and performances by Jeffrey Zeigler, Phillip Ying, Kurt Muroki, Steven Doane, and the Borromeo String Quartet. The season finale will present Beethoven’s gorgeous Fift ...

July 28 Program Notes

July 19, 2017

SERGEI PROKOFIEV Five Melodies, Op. 35 In the aftermath of the October Revolution of 1917, Prokofiev, despite the fame (or notoriety) he had achieved in Moscow and St. Petersburg for his radically progressive style, grew pessimistic about the opportunities for a young musician in Russia. As he later reflected in his autobiography, “the idea of ...

This Week at the Festival: July 22-28

July 18, 2017

Program highlights include Beethoven and Brahms;  and performances by Jeffrey Zeigler, Phillip Ying, Kurt Muroki, Steven Doane, and the Jupiter String Quartet. Monday, July 24: Jupiter String Quartet The Festival is delighted to welcome back the Jupiter String Quartet this season for their own concert program. Artists-in-residence at the University of Il ...

July 26 Program Notes

July 18, 2017

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3 Beethoven’s three String Trios, Op. 9, were composed, like the Op. 18 quartet performed Monday evening, in the early years following Beethoven’s arrival to Vienna. Having left Bonn at age 21 for the city of Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven sought to establish himself in Viennese musical cir ...

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