The Creative Journey
The Evolution of the Artist's Voice

Saturday, August 20 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

The transformations we make in life are often striking, and this is reflected clearly in the work of many creative artists. Our 8th festival, The Creative Journey, will explore how the works of artists evolve over the course of their lives. We will compare early and late works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, and Shostakovich, and discuss with our seven visiting composers their own works that span the last 50 years. We will have a special visit from violin luthier Samuel Zygmuntowicz who is considered the modern-day Stradivarius and is also the maker of the violin of our Artistic Director, Soovin Kim. And pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, in a personal tribute to his father, the great writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, will discuss his last prose works.

The 2016 Festival will include four major concerts, a noon recital, a free solo Bach performance, guest speakers, discussions with living composers, instrumental and chamber master classes, premieres of works by our Young Composer Seminar participants, three seminars on music, and a concert by our 2016 Young Ensemble-in-Residence. Joan Tower will be our distinguished guest composer.

 Opportunities abound to meet the artists, including pre-concert talks, post-concert Meet the Musicians discussions, and post-concert receptions. Festival events will place in the Burlington, Vermont area: at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael’s College, the FlynnSpace, and St. Paul's Cathedral.

Come join us for this fascinating nine-day journey of music, discourse, and learning, a festival that celebrates the evolution of the human spirit. 

Download the Summer Brochure.