2020 Festival: EPIPHANIES


Our theme this year, EPIPHANIES, is especially relevant in our pandemic world. As we are each learning so clearly today, significant life events can have particularly profound effects.

Epiphanies is an exploration of how such life-altering experiences affected the works of a group of composers. Love, illness, and loss were the inspirations for the major compositions featured during this festival week.

Epiphanies presents Franz Schubert’s cello quintet completed in his final months; Bedřich Smetana’s elegiac piano trio mourning the loss of his daughter and his autobiographical From My Life string quartet describing the loss of his hearing; and Robert Schumann’s inspired Year of Song and burst of chamber music after his marriage to Clara. The centerpiece of the festival will be the premiere of an LCCMF co-commissioned chamber opera by Marc Neikrug, A Song by Mahler, about a soprano and her husband coping with her early onset Alzheimer’s.

Guest speakers include flautist and music commentator Eugenia Zukerman who will talk about how music and poetry help her cope with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Richard Kogan, concert pianist and psychiatrist, will give an illustrative talk and performance addressing the hypomania of Robert Schumann. David Serkin Ludwig’s Inside Pitch will explore Smetana and Schumann, and we will be treated to a Sound Tasting as festival recording producer and engineer Alan Bise takes us behind the scenes of the making of great string quartet recordings.

We will be joined by an all-star roster of musicians including: two world-renowned string quartets, the Parker Quartet and the FLUX Quartet; singers Arianna Zukerman, Kelley O’Connor and Kelly Markgraf; clarinetist David Shifrin; violinist Bella Hristova; violist Misha Amory; and cellists Marcy Rosen and Clancy Newman.

While we do not know what the next 4 months will hold for any of us, we want to share with you our excitement over our plans for the 2020 August festival.

Please know that we are making contingency plans in case we cannot be together at the Elley-Long Music Center. We will keep you apprised as the situation unfolds. Note that we will not put tickets on sale at this time.

Meanwhile, explore our website and imagine yourselves with friends and family attending all of the 2020 Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival events!

For the complete 2020 August Festival schedule click here.

For the list of 2020 August Festival performers click here.

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