Opening Weekend

Original photo by Jerome Milks; used by permission.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017
ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER AT ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

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10:00am String Masterclasses with the Kafka Quartet

The dynamic members of the newly-launched Kafka Quartet work on solo repertoire with taented high school musicians. 

1:00pm Lineages with Leon Fleisher

The legendary pianist Leon Fleisher and Soovin Kim open the festival in conversation about the idea of musical tradition in composition and performance.

3:00pm Lineages: Violinists

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jaime Laredo, Soovin Kim, and Misha Amory perform Dvorak's charming Miniatures followed by a listening session of great historical violin recordings and a discussion about traditions in violin playing.

4:30pm Opening Festival Reception

Join Soovin Kim, Gloria Chien, David Ludwig, Jody Woos and the Festival Board as they welcome you to this Summer’s Festival. Meet the Kafka Quartet -- our 2017 Resident Ensemble -- and the Young Composer Seminar participants while gathering to celebrate the beginning of the Festival Week.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017
ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER AT ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

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This program traces the lineage of the great Germanic tradition from Bach through Beethoven, Brahms, the Second Viennese School of Berg, and through to the recently passed American composer Leon Kirchner. 

Beethoven, Piano Quartet in E-flat
Berg, Piano Sonata, op. 1
Leon Kirchner, L.H. For Leon Fleisher
Bach, Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep May Safely Graze)
Brahms, Sextet no. 2 in G

Leon Fleisher and Ieva Jokubaviciute, pianos
Soovin Kim and Jaime Laredo, violins
Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang, violas
Christopher Costanza and Sharon Robinson, cellos

2:15pm Pre-concert talk with Soovin Kim and David Ludwig
5:00pm Meet-the-Artists OnStage and Reception

 

During the Week

MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017
ALL SOULS INTERFAITH GATHERING
* NEW VENUE *

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1:00pm Leon Fleisher Masterclass with the Kafka Quartet

Schubert, String Quartet no. 14 in d minor, “Death and the Maiden”

3:00pm Lineages:  Pianists

Leon Fleisher and Gilbert Kalish play and discuss great historical piano recordings and piano traditions that were passed to them from the 19th century masters through Artur Schnabel.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2017
ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

12:15pm Bach-in-Church at St. Paul’s Cathedral  * FREE CONCERT! *

Hear works for strings at the wonderful St. Paul’s Cathedral overlooking Lake Champlain in Burlington - a lovely place to be on a summer afternoon in Vermont

Bach, Violin Sonata no.2
Schulhoff, Duo for Violin and Cello

Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, violins, Sharon Robinson, cello

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2:30pm David Ludwig’s Inside Pitch:  La Grande Ligne

How is it that composers spin entire pieces out of the seed of a simple theme or idea, like a musical DNA? David discusses the tradition of motives and development in German music, starting with the Classical era of Mozart and Haydn, moving through works of Beethoven, and on to Schoenberg, the Second Viennese School, and beyond. Special attention will be paid to composers and works performed at the festival.

4:30pm Sounding Board

David Ludwig hosts this reading and discussion of pieces written for the 2017 Festival by three of our Young Composers. This session gives audience members a glimpse of the process of bringing new chamber works to life.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2017
ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER AT ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

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10:30am David Ludwig’s Inside Pitch: A Musical Inheritance

David welcomes guest composers Marc Neikrug and Augusta Read Thomas to a conversation about their musical influences, focusing on works to be featured during the FlynnSpace Wednesday concert. Both composers will share their personal experiences about what music, mentors, and memories contributed to their unique creative voices and how we can hear this realized in their work.

Noon Sounding Board Continues

This second Sounding Board focuses on colorful works for percussion ensemble by two of our Young Composers.

FlynnSpace

7:30pm Concert

New Compositions and Old Inspirations

Works by prominent American composers, Marc Neikrug and Augusta Read Thomas are paired with works by Mahler and Bach that influenced them.  The second half will be a discussion moderated by Resident Composer, David Ludwig, about what constitute traditions in composition.

Bach/Sitkovetsky, Goldberg Variations arranged for String Trio (Selections)
Augusta Read Thomas, “Spirals” from Helix Spirals
Augusta Read Thomas, Invocation” from Sun Threads
Mahler, “Liebst du um Schönheit” from Rückert Lieder
Mahler, “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” from  Rückert Lieder
Marc Neikrug, Ruminations  * Vermont Premiere of an LCCMF Commission *

Gloria Chien, piano
Randall Scarlata, baritone
Jennifer Koh, violin
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Wilhelmina Smith, cello
Kafka Quartet

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, 2017
ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER AT ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

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2:00pm Misha Amory Masterclass with the Kafka Quartet

Schubert, String Quartet no. 14 in d minor, “Death and the Maiden”

4:00pm RECITAl with Russell Sherman, piano

Transcendence: The Late Beethoven Piano Sonatas: Op. 90, Op. 101, and Op. 111

FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017
ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER AT ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

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Brahms and Bartók drew inspiration in different ways from Gypsy and Hungarian folk tunes and style - Brahms as a fascinated observer an exotic culture, and Bartók as the standard-bearer of his own people's musical roots. What this program's works share is an uninhibited and wildly evocative spirit culminating with the Sonata for two pianos and percussion, one of the most dramatic pieces of chamber music of the 20th century. 

Brahms, Piano quartet no. 1 in g
Bartók, Selections from 44 Duos for Two Violins
Bartók, Sonata for two pianos and percussion

Ayano Kataoka and Eduardo Leandro, percussion
Gilbert Kalish and Gloria Chien, pianos
Soovin Kim and Daniel Koo, violins
Misha Amory, viola
Wilhelmina Smith, cello

6:45 Pre-concert talk with Soovin Kim and David Ludwig
9:30pm Meet-the-Artists Onstage and Reception

Festival Second Weekend

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017
ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER AT ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

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10:00am David Ludwig’s Inside Pitch: George Crumb

Widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative American composers, Crumb has had a major impact on how composers write music and create their own worlds of sound. This third Inside Pitch looks at what makes Crumb sound like Crumb, exploring his colorful use of unorthodox instrumental techniques and some of his works that affected generations of his students and admirers to come. The talk will center around the final festival program that includes music that influenced Crumb and music that he influenced.

Noon Kafka Quartet in Concert

Schubert, String Quartet no.14 in d, (Death and the Maiden)

2:00pm Lineages:  From Strads to Zygs

How does a living violinmaker maker draw from the traditions of Stradivari, and the cumulative experience of generations of makers? How does this influence violin design today? Renowned violinmaker Samuel Zygmuntowicz will explore the process of working with players to optimize form and function.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017
ELLEY-LONG MUSIC CENTER AT ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE

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3:00pm Concert

The festival ends on a thrilling note with iconic American composer George Crumb’s Songbook, a collection of spirituals for baritone, piano, and an armada of percussion instruments that will fill the Elley-Long stage. On the first half of the program will be coloristic piano works by Debussy and Chopin, two composers from whom Crumb draws great tonal inspiration, and an exciting work for violin and piano by one of Crumb’s most noted recent students, LCCMF Resident Composer David Ludwig.

Debussy, Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune for two pianos
David Ludwig, Swan Song
Chopin, Nocturnes, op. 48, nos. 1 & 2
George Crumb, American Songbook II: A Journey Beyond Time

 

Christopher Froh and Ayano Kataoka, percussion
Eduardo Leandro and Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion
Gilbert Kalish and Gloria Chien, pianos
Randall Scarlata, baritone
Benjamin Beilman, violin

2:15pm Pre-concert talk with Soovin Kim and David Ludwig
5:00pm Meet-the-Artists Onstage and Reception