The Lake Champlain Festival Presents
The Creative Journey: Evolution of the Artist's Voice

 

First Festival Saturday

Saturday, August 20, Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

10:00am    Masterclasses for violin, viola, and cello

What goes into making a good performance great? Join us to hear high school musicians being coached by Festival Artists.


Noon        Shostakovich's Creative Transformations: The Path to his Final String Quartet
                  with Michael Parloff

In 1974, the final year of Shostakovich’s life, he unveiled one of his most enigmatic and profoundly moving musical testaments. Shostakovich’s 15th String Quartet is a panoramic, six-movement work that ranges from harsh dissonance to sensuous beauty, from ironic distance to intimate confession, from defiance of fate to melancholy acceptance of the inevitable. The work expands the horizons of form, technique, and expression, taking the listener on a voyage to the outer limits of the musical universe.

Guest speaker Michael Parloff will present a multimedia illumination of this great masterpiece, exploring Shostakovich’s essential attitudes toward life and death, spirit and eternity.

1:30pm     The Creative Journey of Antonio Stradivarius

How did Stradivari develop his designs over time? How does a living violin craftsman design today? Renowned violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz will explore the process of working with players to optimize form and function.

3:00 pm   Festival Opening Reception

Join Soovin Kim, David Ludwig, Jody Woos, and the Festival Board as they welcome you to this summer’s Festival. Meet the 2016 Young Trio-in-Residence and Young Composers, while gathering to celebrate the beginning of the Festival week.

 

2016 Festival Opening Concert

Sunday, August 21, 3:00 pm, Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

The opening three-concert extravaganza begins and ends with joyous outbursts by teenage prodigies Mozart and Mendelssohn. At the heart of the programs are a set of mature Mendelssohn vignettes and two bold string quartets by our esteemed Composer-in-Residence David Ludwig. In between the three short concerts is an opportunity to browse the Festival art gallery and to watch a rare demonstration of how master violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz creates an instrument. 

2:15pm Pre-concert talk with David Ludwig and Soovin Kim

3:00pm      CONCERT 1

Mozart, Viola Quintet in B-flat
David Ludwig, Aigaios for string quartet

4:15pm      CONCERT 2

Mendelssohn, Four Songs Without Words
David Ludwig, Pale Blue Dot for string quartet

5:30pm      CONCERT 3

Mendelssohn, Octet

Robyn Bollinger, Jennifer Frautschi, Bella Hristova, Alexi Kenney, and Soovin Kim, violins
Hsin-Yun Huang, Teng Li, and Wenhong Luo, violas
Edward Arron, Andrea Casarrubios, and Fred Sherry, cellos
Gloria Chien, piano

 

Festival monday

Monday, August 22, Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

10:30am    Inside Pitch: Introduction to The Creative Journey with David Ludwig

Why do some artists’ works grow increasingly complex near the ends of their lives, while others gravitate to spare simplicity? David Ludwig will offer a presentation looking at how musical language changed for some of the great composers from their earliest music to their final works, including Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, Bartok, Copland, and Stravinsky.

Noon        Young Trio-in-Residence Masterclass with Hsin-Yun Huang
                         Mozart, Divertimento in E-flat
                                      Robyn Bollinger, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola, and Andrea Casarrubios

 

Festival TUESDAY

Tuesday, August 23

12:15pm    Bach in Church at St. Paul's Cathedral, Cherry Street, Burlington, VT
                         Bach Partitas No. 2 and 3
                                   Soovin Kim, violin

3:00pm     Inside Pitch The Creative Journey: Recording Solo Bach
                  Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

Soovin Kim and Recording Producer and Engineer Alan Bise give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the intricacies of recording their recent solo Bach album.

4:30pm     Sounding Board Part 1
                 Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

Reading and discussion of pieces written for the 2016 Festival by our Young Composers Hyerim Yoo and John Boggs. This interactive session will give audience members a window on the process of bringing a new chamber works to life. Hosted by David Ludwig, with readings by Festival Artists.

 

Festival wednESDAY

Wednesday, August 24

10:30am    Inside Pitch The Creative Journey: Rondo
                  Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

As a rondo returns to its theme, creative artists often return to the same ideas they explore throughout their lives. Composer-in-Residence David Ludwig will moderate a conversation with distinguished American composers Pierre Jalbert and Joan Tower about their development as artists–and what common themes and ideas run through the body of their work. In addition, Jalbert and Tower will share insights into the music performed at the Wednesday FlynnSpace concert.

 

Festival Wednesday Concert

Wednesday, August 24, 7:30 pm, FlynnSpace, Main Street, Burlington, VT

The Creative Journey: Variations

The Festival offers a concert of works by accomplished young composers Emily Cooley (LCCMF alumni) and Nina Young alongside music by renowned guest composers Pierre Jalbert and Joan Tower. Each piece will be presented by its author, and the concert culminates with all of the composers in a final panel discussion about writing music as an artist today. Hosted by Soovin Kim and David Ludwig.

Emily Cooley, Settle for piano quartet (World Premiere)
Nina Young, String Quartet
Pierre Jalbert, Piano Trio No. 2
Joan Tower, Wings for solo clarinet
Joan Tower, Simply Purple for solo viola
Joan Tower, Purple Rush for solo viola

Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Robyn Bollinger, Bella Hristova, and Alexi Kenney, violins
Hsin-Yun Huang, Teng Li, Wenhone Luo, and Paul Neubauer, violas
Edward Arron, Andrea Casarrubios, and Fred Sherry, cellos
Gloria Chien and Jeewon Park, pianos

 

Festival thursday

Thursday, August 25, Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

10:00am   Young Trio-in-Residence Masterclass with Fred Sherry

                  Mozart, Divertimento in E-flat
                                   Robyn Bollinger, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola, and Andrea Casarrubios

Noon         Noon OnStage From Opus 4 to Opus 119
                  In this lunchtime recital, Ignat Solzhenitsyn plays and discusses the very first and last piano works of Johannes Brahms.

Brahms, Scherzo in e-flat, op. 4
Brahms, Four Pieces for Piano, op. 119

 

Festival Friday Concert

Friday, August 26, 7:30 pm, Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

Märchenerzählungen was written in a late burst of inspiration after Schumann’s first meeting with a 20-year old Brahms. Schumann’s final chamber work is heard alongside his earliest published piano piece and one of Brahms’s final works, his clarinet quintet. Distinguished Guest Composer Joan Tower’s recent work White Granite demonstrates why she is among the most revered composers alive today.

Schumann, Abegg Variations for solo piano
Joan Tower, White Granite for piano quartet
Schumann, Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales)
Brahms, Clarinet Quintet

Ricardo Morales, Clarinet
Jennifer Frautschi, Bella Hristova, and Jessica Lee, violins
Paul Neubauer and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, violas
Edward Arron, cello
Gloria Chien and Jeewon Park, pianos

6:45pm Pre-concert talk with David Ludwig and Soovin Kim

 

SEcond Festival Saturday

Saturday, August 27, Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT

11:30am    Young Trio-in-Residence Concert

Mozart, Divertimento in E-flat

Robyn Bollinger, violin, Wenhong Luo, viola, and Andrea Casarrubios

1:30pm      Big Ideas Writ Small: The Miniatures of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Ignat Solzhenitsyn reads and discusses his father's early and late miniatures (prose poems).

 

Festival Closing Concert

Sunday, August 28, 3:00 pm, Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT
Concert in honor of Ann B. Emery

Shostakovich’s powerful Quartet No. 15 is considered his own personal requiem, a haunting contrast to his youthful first piano trio written more than 50 years earlier. The festival concludes with Mozart just as it began, this time the great C-major quintet written at the height of his powers. 

Shostakovich, Piano trio in c
Shostakovich, String quartet no. 15
Mozart, Viola Quintet in C

Jennifer Frautschi, Soovin Kim and Jessica Lee, violins
Paul Neubauer and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, violas
Edward Arron and Fred Sherry, cello
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

2:15pm Pre-concert talk with David Ludwig and Soovin Kim