The 2018 Season of the Geneva Music Festival (GMF) promises to be as exciting and diverse as the Finger Lakes region itself. Concerts will take place in Geneva, Auburn, Canandaigua and Skaneateles from May 31 through June 17. Six-concert passes and season tickets make it as easy to sample a range of musical genres in the Finger Lakes as it is to enjoy a variety of exquisite wines.
For the Festival’s eighth year, acclaimed artists will present their interpretations of several musical genres, including chamber, classical, organ masterpieces, bluegrass, and a two-concert celebration of jazz.
Here are some of concerts you can look forward to in 2018:
Following a successful kickoff last year, Jinjoo and Hyun-soo will again open the Geneva Music Festival’s season. This will be a concert to remember!
That weekend, Jinjoo, Hyun-soo, and some of the members of the Cavani String Quartet will join GMF director Herd and Geissler for a concert titled a “Transfigured Night.” The concert will highlight the broad range of stylistic experimentation that was taking place at the turn of the 20th century. Among the works featured will be “Faure Piano Quartet No. 1 in C-minor” and Schoenberg’s massive and virtuosic sextet “Verklarte Nacht,” (“Transfigured Night”), a piece based on a poem.
Music and poetry will be sharing the stage at several events this season, including when the Cavani Quartet returns with a variation on their “Collage: Music and Poetry” project.Also joining the Geneva Music Festival in 2018 will be pianist Michelle Cann, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. The Geneva Music Festival (GMF) is excited to announce “Music, Poetry and Perspectives: A Celebration of African American Culture,” which will take place during the second week of the 2018 Season. From June 3 through 9, GMF will feature diverse performances of music, poetry and monologues representative of African American culture, including one artist’s perspective on the Civil Rights Movement.
“The African American culture has brought us amazing artists, who have left a legacy in both their enduring works and their influence on future artists,” says Director of the GMF Geoffrey Herd. “We look forward to celebrating not just the music, but the poetry and lives of a select few as part of our new season.”
On Sunday, June 3, the Cavani Quartet will return to Geneva to kick off Music, Poetry and Perspectives: A Celebration of African American Culture. Cavani will present a variation on their “Collage: Music and Poetry” project, a collaboration with poet Mwatabu Okantah.
The celebration continues with a performance by pianist Michelle Cann, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She made her orchestral debut at age 14 and has since performed with various orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra. Just prior to the start of the GMF, she will solo with the Knoxville Symphony on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Florence Price’s Concerto in One Movement. Cann regularly appears in recital and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, China and South Korea at premiere concert halls including the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. (Watch one of her performances on video.)
Wrapping up the week, are two spectacular jazz events. On Friday night, June 8, Syndee Winters joins the festival to present her one-woman show, “LENA: A Moment with a Lady,” that tells the story of Lena Horne through a series of monologues and music. A trailer for her show can be seen online.
On June 9, percussionist T.S. Monk, son of jazz legend Thelonius Monk (called the “architect of modern jazz” by the Kennedy Center), takes part in GMF as part of his father’s centennial celebration. See him perform on video.
A full schedule for the 2018 Geneva Music Festival is available online at www.genevamusicfestival.com