The month of July is jam-packed with chamber music performances
HOPEWELL — Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has performed on major stages around the world, everywhere from Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and London’s Wigmore Hall to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
On July 14, she’ll take the stage in the Student Center Auditorium at Finger Lakes Community College to open the 13th annual Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival.
“The festival has been bringing world-class musicians to Canandaigua for over a decade and this year is no exception,” said violinist Kevin Kumar, the festival’s co-artistic director. “Ieva Jokubaviciute is sought after and has performed at some of the finest international music festivals, including Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Four Seasons, and Prussia Cove in England.”
Launched in 2005, the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival is centered on four chamber concerts over two weekends: Friday and Sunday, July 14 and 16, and Friday and Sunday, July 21 and 23. It also includes community concerts, including a less formal “Classical Blue Jeans” and barbecue concert at Bristol Harbour Resort in South Bristol on Wednesday, July 19.
Jokubaviciute’s debut recording in 2010 received critical international acclaim and brought her recitals in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Vilnius, and Toulouse. In February 2017, she performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo in Uruguay. Her piano trio — Trio Cavatina — won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition.
Last fall, she began a collaboration with the violinist Midori Gato, with recitals in Canada and at the Cartagena International Music Festival in Columbia.
Two years ago, Jokubaviciute began as an assistant professor of piano at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. She has also served as a faculty member of Curtis Summerfest in Philadelphia and with the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
In addition to Jokubaviciute, the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival lineup will include a performance by the award-winning Avalon String Quartet and other renowned musicians. The concerts are as follows:
July 14: “Ieva, Death and the Maiden" will have Jokubaviciute offering a rendition of Robert Schumann's “Fantasy.” She’ll be joined by the Avalon String Quartet, which is also making its festival debut.
July 16: “Memories & Souveniers” will pair Jokubaviciute with festival co-artistic directors Kevin Kumar and Amy Sue Barston on stage to explore Beethoven's piano trio, “Op. 70 No. 2 in E flat major.” The artistic co-directors will then partner with the Avalon String Quartet for the show’s second half with a rendition of Tchaikovsky's “Souvenir de Florence.”
July 21: The trio Chalaca, composed of harpist Bridget Kibbey, Grammy-nominated clarinetist Benito Meza and percussionist Samuel Torres, will celebrate composers who have immigrated from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
July 23: The season finale, “Mozart in the Jungle,” will have Meza and Torres presenting Latin-inspired works in the unusual combination of their instruments. Then, Rochester Philharmonic musicians Melissa Matson on viola and Patricia Sunwoo on violin will join Barston, Kumar and Benito for Mozart’s “Clarinet Quintet.”
The four festival concerts begin with an artists’ chat in which performers talk about their background and the pieces they’ll perform. The events begin at 7:15 p.m. July 14 and 21; the July 16 and 23 concerts will start at 1:45 p.m.
Additional “pop-up” concerts, including a children’s concert at Wood Library on July 20, are being planned and will be free and open to the public.
“Master key” tickets for all four FLCC shows are $100 for general admission and $160 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $10 for students and $28 for general admission. The Classical Blue Jeans concert includes dinner and costs $50 for general admission, $30 for students under 18 or with a college ID, and $25 for children under 12.
Tickets can now be purchased at the customer service counter at all area Wegmans stores. Tickets and more information are also available on the festival’s website, www.lakemusicfestival.org, or by contacting Alan Braun, executive director, at 585-412-6353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.