The Lake Champlain Festival Presents Sounds of the Wind

Festival Opening Concert

Sunday, August 23, 3:00 pm, Elley-Long Music Center

The 2015 Festival performances began with works by two of the great German masters and a third piece inspired by Bach’s Goldberg Variations. LCCMF Composer-in-Residence David Ludwig’s composition Aria Fantasy is a colorful, sonic description of dream images. 

Beethoven, Trio in B-flat, op. 11
D. Ludwig, Aria Fantasy
Brahms, Horn Trio

Radovan Vlatkovic, horn, Robyn Bollinger, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola,
Soovin Kim, violin, Deborah Pae, cello, Gloria Chien, piano, and Gilles Vonsattel, piano

This concert was broadcast live by our Festival Media Sponsor, Vermont Public Radio.

Festival Wednesday Concert

Wednesday, August 26, 7:30 pm, FlynnSpace

An Evening of Baroque Music     

This quartet of musicians came together at the Marlboro Festival in 2014 to explore the brilliant repertoire of the Baroque period. The intimacy and clarity of FlynnSpace is the perfect venue in which to enjoy this explosion of musical inspiration and invention from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Program included:

Telemann, "Paris" Quartet in D
Rameau, Pièces de clavecin en concerts      

Emi Ferguson, flute, Soovin Kim, violin,
Peter Stumpf, cello, and Kit Armstrong, harpsichord

Festival Friday Concert

Friday, August 28, 7:30 pm, Elley-Long Music Center

In these two joyous works of his early period, Beethoven created a dazzling array of sound by combining chamber music, concerto, and orchestral textures. Our talented 2013 Young Composer alum, Loren Loiacono, responded with her own colorful instrumentation in her world premiere composition.

Beethoven, Piano and Wind Quintet
L. Loicano, Sonatensatz
Beethoven, Septet

Emi Ferguson, flute, Mary Lynch, oboe, Frand Rosenwein, oboe,
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet, Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon, William Short, bassoon,
Richard King, horn, Jennifer Montone, horn,
Soovin Kim, violin, Misha Amory, viola, Peter Stumpf, cello,
Joseph Conyers, double bass, and
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Festival Closing Concert

Sunday, August 30, 3:00 pm, Elley-Long Music Center
concert presented in honor of Ann B. Emery

The final concert of the Festival focused on two substantial yet delightful Mozart pieces that demonstrate why he is still considered the master of wind textures. The 20th-century master György Ligeti provided a chromatic relief with beauty, humor, and cacophony.

Mozart, Clarinet Trio in E-flat, (Kegelstatt)
Ligeti, Six Bagatelles for wind quintet
Mozart, Wind Serenade in B-flat (Gran Partita)

Emi Ferguson, flute, Mary Lynch, oboe, Frank Rosenwein, oboe,
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet, Carol McGonnell, clarinet,
Paul Demers, basset horn, Romie de Guise-Langlois, basset horn,
Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon, William Short, bassoon,
Katherine Jordan, horn, Richard King, horn,
Jennifer Montone, horn, Eric Ruske, horn,
Joseph Conyers, double bass, Paul Neubauer, viola, and
Kit Anderson, piano



Festival Noon Onstage

Monday, August 24, 12:00 noon, Elley-Long Music Center

Schumann, Dichterliebe

Randall Scarlata and Gloria Chien’s performance of Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise was the emotional highlight of the 2014 LCCMF. Their encore performance this year, Schumann’s Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), was again preceded by a discussion of the poetry and music by noted dramaturg Cori Ellison. 

Randall Scarlata, baritone, and Gloria Chien, piano
Commentary by Cori Ellison

Festival Saturdays - all events at the Elley-Long Music Center

First Festival Saturday, August 22

11:00 am Master Classes for violin, cello, and horn
1:30 pm   A Breath of Music with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School. and Radovan Vlatkovic, horn

There is a special place in chamber music for the uniquely individual voice of wind instruments. This presentation, with generous musical illustrations, explored the glorious tradition of wind chamber music from Mozart and Brahms to Messiaen.

3:00 pm   Festival Opening Reception

Second Festival Saturday, August 29

11:00 am Young Trio-in-Residence Concert
                Beethoven, String trio in c, op. 9, no. 3

1:30 pm   Kit Armstrong On Stage

The remarkable pianist, composer, and mathematician Kit Armstrong was described by the legendary pianist Alfred Brendel as the greatest talent he has ever encountered. During this 75 minute performance Kit Armstrong demonstrated his virtuosity as a soloist, his love of collaboration, and his inventiveness as a composer. Kit was be joined by Emi Ferguson, flute, Soovin Kim, violin, and Deborah Pae, cello.

3:00 pm Sounding Board

Festival artists read and recorded world premiere compositions by the 2015 Young Composers.


Inside Pitch Series, elley-long music center

Festival Monday, August 24, 10:30 am

The Winds of Beethoven, with David Ludwig

Festival Tuesday, August 25, 3:00 pm

The Winds of Mozart, with Larry Hamberlin

Festival Thursday, August 27, 3:00 pm

Special Festival Event: The Music of Steven Mackey
A discussion with our Distinguished Visiting Composer Steve Mackey, one of the most important composers of his generation. This Inside Pitch included a performance by Jessica Lee of his solo violin work,  Interior Design. Hosted by Soovin Kim.


Festival Bach IN Church (FREE events)

New Location: St. Paul's Cathedral, Cherry Street, Burlington
Presented in collaboration with Cathedral Arts

Festival Tuesday, August 25, 12:15 pm

Bach, Suite No. 5 in c
Bach, Suite No. 2 in d

Deborah Pae, cello

Festival Thursday, August 27, 12:15 pm

Telemann, Fantasie No. 5
Bach, Partita No. 1 in e
Ligeti, Sonata


Young trio-in-residence masterclasses, elley-long music center

Our young trio worked with Festival artists on the Beethoven, String trio in c, op. 9, no. 3

Festival Tuesday, August 25, 4:30pm, coaching by Peter Stumpf

Festival Thursday, August 27, 4:30pm, coaching by Soovin Kim