The 2019 season runs May 20-June 16, including 5/20-23 for educational and outreach programs for school children and seniors. Building on its history emphasizing inclusion and cultural diversity within classical music, performances will highlight women composers and musicians, a focus that complements the extensive history of women’s rights advocacy in the Finger Lakes. Music by composers of the past, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach and Florence Price along with contemporary composers Jennifer Higdon and Caroline Shaw will be performed.
The 2019 Festival presents a diverse and challenging program of chamber music, bluegrass, and jazz with a focus on the contributions of women composers and artists. The festival kicks off May 20 with educational and outreach programs in Geneva, Canandaigua, Auburn, and Skaneateles featuring the quartet ATLYS. ATLYS is a classically trained, crossover string quartet of four women who create new interpretations of classical music by electrifying their instruments and using looping pedals. ATYLS will perform a pre-season special concert at Billsboro Winery on May 24.
New to the 2019 season will be Verona Quartet from the New England Conservatory of Music. Returning to perform with the Verona Quartet will be violinist Jinjoo Cho and pianist Michelle Cann featuring women composers for the Festival opener on May 30. On June 1 “A Portrait of Clara” will celebrate the music of Clara Schumann featuring Jinjoo Cho, Michelle Cann, cellist Max Geissler, violist Eric Wong, and Abigail Rojansky and Jonathan Dormand of the Verona Quartet. A festival highlight takes place the weekend of June 6-9 with the spotlight on women’s contributions to classical and jazz music. On June 6 the music of Hildegard Von Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Jennifer Higdon and others will be performed by GMF Director violinist Geoffrey Herd, violinist Eliot Heaton, violist Hillary Herndon from the University of Tennessee, along with Max Geissler, Hannah Collins, returning pianist Esther Park, and string bassist John Campbell.
On June 7, Sounds of A and R will jazz up Club 86 with trumpeter Randall Haywood and vocalist April Webb. Both performed last year at The Smith Opera House with percussionist T.S. Monk. Back by popular demand will be Broadway actress Syndee Winters performing music of Honorees in the National Women’s Hall of Fame including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Bessie Smith on Saturday, June 8. The following day Syndee Winters will be a featured speaker at The National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls to celebrate those honorees along with a special exhibit from the Hall’s archives. Additional concerts include three organ concerts (Geneva, Auburn, and Canandaigua) with Raymond Nagem, associate music director at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, will perform a series of three organ concerts.
May 20-23 Outreach Concerts
May 24-Pre-Season Special Concert at Billsboro Winery, ATYLS Quartet
May 30-Verona Quartet, Jinjoo Cho, Michelle Cann, Froelich Hall, Geneva
May 31-June 1- Chamber Concert: ”A Portrait of Clara”, First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles and Froelich Hall, Geneva
June 6-Chamber Concert, violinists Geoffrey Herd, Eliot Heaton, violist Hillary Herndon, cellistsh Max Geissler, Hannah Collins, pianist Esther Park, string bassist John Campbell., Froelich Hall, Geneva
June 7 -Sounds of A and R, Club 86, Geneva
June 8-Syndee Winters Trio, Smith Center for the Arts, Geneva
June 9-National Women’s Hall of Fame new site, exhibit and talk by Syndee Winters, Seneca Falls
June 11-13-Organ Concerts with Ray Nagem (United Church, Canandaigua; The Presbyterian Church, Geneva; St. Mary’s Church, Auburn)
June 14-15-Chamber Concert with cellists Clive Greensmith, Hannah Collins, pianist Esther Park, violinist Geoff Herd. First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles and Froelich Hall, Geneva
June 16-Bluegrass with Rebecca Colleen and Chore Lads, Geneva On The Lake, Geneva
A full schedule for the 2019 Geneva Music Festival will be available online at www.genevamusicfestival.com