2020 Festival: EPIPHANIES

Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim, Artistic Directors
David Serkin Ludwig, Resident Composer

For each of us, a few significant life events can have particularly profound effects.  EPIPHANIES is an exploration of how such life-altering experiences affected the works of several composers. Love, illness, and loss were the inspirations for the major compositions of our 2020 festival week. These are pieces that have a special place in these great composers’ creative output. 

EPIPHANIES will explore 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 year of song, his 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.  

Join us for more than 20 events over 9 days featuring some of the world’s finest chamber musicians and guest speakers who will illuminate our theme.

Gloria Chien and Soovin Kim
Artistic Directors

2020 Festival Schedule

2020 Festival Artists

2020 Festival Venues