Hobart and William Smith Colleges will once again host the Geneva Music Festival as its concert home for the 2014 season. Performances will be held on campus on June 13 and 20. Music festival organizers have scheduled an exciting lineup of talented performers for its fourth season including internationally renowned cellist Clive Greensmith, formerly of the Tokyo String Quartet, as featured performer.
Other musicians include; the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void, founded by GMF Director Geoffrey Herd; Eric Wong of the Linden String Quartet; Zahari Metchkov, piano professor at the University of Colorado; Hannah Collins, fellow of the Academy at Carnegie, and many others. The Festival will take place from June 9 through 21, with eight performances taking place in Geneva, Auburn and Canandaigua.
The Festival’s programs will include a number of styles, among them rhythmic tango, classical chamber music, majestic organ recitals, and ventures in new music. Highlights from the repertoire include Dvorak’s joyous “Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major,” Op. 87, Mozart’s charming “Divertimenti,” K. 136 & K. 138, Carter Pann’s “Piano Trio No. 1” and Astor Piazzolla’s sensuous series of tangos, “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.”
Festival organizers are committed to reaching the youngest of audiences and will offer free concerts in several public schools in the Finger Lakes. Concerts are planned for students at North Street Elementary in Geneva as well as for students attending Auburn Junior and Senior High Schools. A master class for selected string players in the Auburn school district will be given as well.
The Festival will kick off on Monday, June 9, with an exciting evening of contemporary music at Billsboro Winery in Geneva and a school presentation at the Auburn Middle School. Concerts also will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Geneva (June 11), the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn (June 15), the historic Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn (June 21) and the Canandaigua Academy Theatre (June 12).
Tickets for adult admission to all evening concerts and an after concert reception are $15. Tickets to a special solo recital with Greensmith, scheduled for Sunday, June 15, are $20. Children 16 and younger are welcome at all concerts at no charge. All venues are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned.
For more information, including concert details, times and locations, visit the Festival website at www.genevamusicfestival.com.