10 years of Lake Champlain Chamber Music

Violinists Jaime Laredo and Soovin at the 2017 Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. This year’s festival runs Aug. 18-26 in Colchester. (Courtesy Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival)

COLCHESTER — The 10th annual Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (LCCMF), Aug. 18- 26 at locations around Burlington, will bring world-class musicians to the area to perform at more than 20 events. According to artistic directors violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien, “Decades” pays tribute to the memories of LCCMF’s first 10 years by bringing back some pieces and artists that made a special connection to the community. Among the 30 performers will be clarinetists David Shifrin and Romie de Guise-Langlois, hornist Radovan Vlatković, cellist Fred Sherry, pianist Marc-André Hamlin, soprano Hyunah Yu, pianist Jeewon Park and cellist Edward Arron. In addition to favorites from the chamber music repertoire, at least one work from each decade of the last 100 years will be performed. A new piece by Resident Composer David Ludwig commissioned by LCCMF will be performed at the end the nine-day festival, along with the two-piano version of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Of interest to families, there will be a free family-friendly afternoon on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Elley-Long Music Center that will include a short interactive concert and an instrument petting zoo, presented in collaboration with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, followed by ice cream for everyone. Education continues to be a central part of the festival. The week includes three “Inside Pitch” seminars hosted by Ludwig, a talk by Michael Parloff on Schubert songs, and a “bow tasting” event with bows supplied by Rare Violins of NY and played and discussed by bow maker Ron Forrester and violinist Kim. The 2018 Young Composers Seminar will run in conjunction with the festival, bringing three of the country's outstanding young composers to work and learn together. The “Sounding Boards,” public reading and recording sessions of new works by seminar participants, take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 22. Launched at the 2017 Festival, the Kafka Quartet will be in residence for its second summer working with festival artists and performing at week's end. For festival schedule or information, go online to www.lccmf.org. Festival passes to all events, and tickets for individual events are available through the Flynn Regional Box Office, 802-86-FLYNN (863-5966), online at www.flynntix.org.

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