August 19 - 27, 2017
OUR SUMMER FESTIVAL brought 30 performers, 3 guest speakers, and 25 students, creating over 20 different events for Festival patrons, including lectures, discussions, masterclasses, grand performances and intimate recitals, an evening of new music, solar eclipse viewing and a glorious wine tasting!
Here are reviewer Jim Lowe's comments about the opening, August 20 concert:
Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival brought out the big guns to open its ninth summer season.
Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher and Vermont’s own violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson were featured in Sunday afternoon’s pretty spectacular opening concert at the Elley-Long Music Center.
Laredo led the major work — and major success — of the program: Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major No. 2, Op. 36. The sound was rich and the music expressive as violinists Laredo and Soovin Kim (festival founder and co-artistic director), violists Hisn-Yun Huang and Misha Amory, and cellists Robinson and Christopher Constanza played their hearts out.
Laredo, in particularly fine form at 76, set the tone of the performance with his sensitive, expressive and gorgeous sound and approach, yet always subservient to the music and the ensemble. The same can be said for Robinson’s distinct and warm expressiveness, which only emerged from the rest when appropriate, as did Huang’s viola. This was an expert performance and it sounded glorious.
Still, the most exquisite performance Sunday was Fleisher’s intimate and profound delivery of Egon Petri’s arrangement of J.S. Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” from Cantata BWV 208. At 89, Fleisher’s place as one of the great pianists of the 20th century was clear, not only with his conveying the depth of this incredible music, but also with his unusual ability to voice the contrapuntal lines articulately and expressively. It was simply profound.