Welcome to the 2019 season of the Geneva
Music Festival, which celebrates the contributions
of women to the field of music.
GMF prides itself on being a champion of works
that are under-performed or underappreciated.
Worldwide, works by female composers are largely
neglected; some major symphonies and arts organizations
go entire seasons without performing
a single piece composed by a woman. This year
we are proud that at least half of the repertoire
performed this season will be compositions by
women. As always, we are delighted to bring to Geneva
and the Finger Lakes a distinguished group of artists
to introduce us to these works.
This year you will see many of your GMF favorites
returning to perform for you, including Jinjoo
Cho, Eric Wong, Clive Greensmith, Esther Park,
Michelle Cann, Eliot Heaton, Hannah Collins,
Max Geissler and Ray Nagem. We will add some new faces to our roster, welcoming
the Verona String Quartet, the all-female classical
crossover group ATLYS, violist Kirsten Docter and
others. Our special jazz weekend brings April May
Webb and Randall Haywood to Geneva’s historic
jazz venue, Club 86, with a new pre-concert dinner
option. We also welcome back to the Smith,
Broadway star Syndee Winters with Ann Hampton
Callaway performing music by Bessie Smith, Billie
Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, members of the National
Women’s Hall of Fame.
As always, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude
to every person who has helped make this
festival a reality over the last nine years. This includes
our tremendously hard-working board of
directors, our donors and volunteers, and our
dedicated patrons who graciously share their evenings
with us each June!
I hope that during our 2019 season you will discover
some new works that you were not familiar
with while enjoying new interpretations of some of
the most beloved and cherished pieces from the
classical chamber music repertoire. I look forward
to performing for you and having the opportunity
to meet with you at our concerts.
Wishing you all a wonderful summer.
Director, Geneva Music Festival
A full schedule for the 2019 Geneva Music Festival will be available online at www.genevamusicfestival.com