Dipping into the A&E mailbag, there's quite a bit coming up on the classical and chamber-music front, including two Finger Lakes area festivals and a concert featuring youthful winners of a recital competition.
Let's get to it:
Free Friday concert
Clarinetist Sam Reeder of Pittsford and violinist Andrew Guo of Brighton — winners of the 2019 David Hochstein Recital Competition — will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, in Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester. A reception follows the concert.
Since 1991, the Hochstein School has commemorated the life of violinist, composer and Rochester native David Hochstein with the yearly competition for local upper-level high school students.
Reeder is a senior at The Harley School who has played clarinet since age 8. He has studied with Tiffany Valvo and Andrew Brown and currently studies with Kenneth Grant at the Eastman School of Music. Reeder has performed with the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony, All-County and All-State Bands and Orchestras, and the Conference All-State Symphonic Band, as principal in 2018. He has also participated in the New York State School of the Arts Orchestral Studies program where he received the Dean L. Harrington Memorial Scholarship for Musical Achievement in 2018. He currently performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Eastman Honors Wind Quintet. He also composes music and plays piano and tenor saxophone. He plans to pursue degrees in clarinet performance and applied mathematics in college this fall.
Guo, a sophomore at Brighton High School, began playing the violin at age 8 and studies with Renée Jolles at the Eastman School of Music. Guo has
been honored with a number of musical accolades, including a gold medal in the 2016 International Musicians’ Performing Arts Cultural Troupe Young Soloists Competition, and performed abroad in Spain as part of the 2016 Burgos International Music Festival. He was also the winner of the 2018 Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, for which he was given the opportunity to perform as a guest soloist, and runner-up of the 2018 Genesee Symphony Young Artist Competition. This year, he received the Ruth and Sidney Salzman Award for Strings in the Rochester Philharmonic League Young Artist Competition. He is in a Hochstein piano trio — with cellist Jackie Hager and pianist Raymond Feng — that won the 2019 Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Youth Chamber Music Competition and received the honor of performing alongside the worldrenowned Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He is first violinist in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and participates in the Seneca Summer Music Festival Orchestra.
The free concert will be recorded for later broadcast on WXXI-FM Classical 91.5.
Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival
Tickets are currently available for the concerts in the 2019 Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, which opens June 15. The festival runs through July 27 and includes concerts at assorted Finger Lakes venues — including a Finger Lakes-inspired world premiere this year. As always, all concerts feature festival founding director Richard Auldon Clark with professional musicians from his Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, along with invited guest artists.
The season opens Saturday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. with the Abel Family String Quartet with Richard Auldon Clark on viola presenting Beethoven's String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29; and Dvorak's String Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 97. It will be held at Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport.
Subsequent concerts include:
June 30: Music for oboe, clarinet, trumpet and strings, including works of Dittersdorf, Randall Thompson, Britten and Mark O'Connor, at 7:30 p.m. in Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, 8419 Route 54, Hammondsport.
July 14: Piano and Strings in the Chapel, at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel on the Keuka College campus in Keuka Park, featuring music by Grieg, Debussy and Robert Schumann.
July 21: The world premier of Richard Auldon Clark's Finger Lakes-inspired world premiere "Early Frost," plus works by Diabelli, Tom Febonio, Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzolla; music for guitar, flute, viola, violin, bassoon and soprano, at 7:30 p.m. in Anthony Road Winery, 1020 Anthony Road, Penn Yan.
July 27: Closing out the festival is a string sextet concert — back at Hunt Country Vineyards — featuring Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence," Bohuslav Maritinu's "Serenade," and Richard Auldon Clarke's "Life is Suide."
Tickets for each concert are $25 (free for students) and available at www.FingerLakes-Music.org (click on the "Instant Seats" logo) or at the door concert night (though advance purchase is advised). A package special (six tickets for the price of five) can be used at any concert. For more information, leave a message at 315-536-0383 or FingerLakesMusicFestival@gmail.com.
Geneva Music Festival
Also announced recently was the 2019 season for the Geneva Music Festival, to be held May 24 through June 16 with a theme of "Women in Music: Key Players." Much of the festival — which includes chamber music, jazz and bluegrass, among other genres — will represent women's contributions to music as composers and/or performers.
Tickets are now available, with individual tickets at $25, season passes $160 and six-concert passes $125. It's free for ages 18 and younger.
The season schedule:
May 24: World ATLYS, a classically trained, crossover string quartet presenting music from artists ranging from Jesse Montgomery to Sia, Bjork and Beyoncé. The concert is 7:30 p.m. at Billsboro Winery, 4760 West Lake Road, Geneva. (As a pre-season concert, it can't be included in the season of six-ticket packages.)
May 30: The Verona Quartet (violin, viola and cello), who will present a program of music written by female composers such as Kelly Marie Murphy and Julie Adolphe. They also will be joined by festival favories Jinjoo Cho (violin) and Michelle Cann (piano) for Chausson's Concert in D major, Op. 21. It's at 7:30 p.m. in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus.
May 31: "A Portrait of Clara Schumann," a concert exploring the composer and pianists's works as well as her primary influences, Bach and Beethoven. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles.
June 6: "Women Composers Across the Ages," which features female composers spanning 10 centuries, including Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny Mendelsohn and Jennifer Higdon. (It'll conclude with a piece by Mendelsohn's brother Felix.) It starts at 7 p.m. in the Gearan Center.
June 7: April May Webb and Randall Haywood, who made their festival debut last year as part of T.S. Monk's ensemble, return with their own ensemble, S.O.A.R. (Sounds of April and Randall), performing various permutations of jazz — swing, cool, hard bop and the avant-garde. The concert is at 8 p.m. at Club 86, 86 Avenue E. (There's an optional three-course dinner at 6 p.m. for $30; call 315-789-4955 or email email@example.com.)
June 8: A night of jazz featuring Broadway star Syndee Winters and jazz singer, songwriter and actress Ann Hampton Callaway, paying tribute to jazz artists in the National Women's Hall of Fame housed in Clifton Springs — artists such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. S.O.A.R. will make a guest appearance, and Melissa Kate will open. It's at 7:30 p.m. in the Gearan Center.
June 11-13: Ray Nagem will give three pipe organ recitals in a program of 20th and 21st cenutry music by American, Canadian and French women composers (Jeanne Demessieux, Rachel Laurin, Jeanne Landry and Florence Price). The recitals are at 7:30 p.m. June 11 in the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, 24 Park Place; 7:30 p.m. June 12 in United Church of Canandaigua, 11 E. Gibson St., and 7:30 p.m. June 13 in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Auburn, 15 Clark St.
June 14: A chamber music finale including a work inspired by and dedicated to Beethoven's patron Countess Marie von Erdody, as well as works by Shulamit Ran and Amy Beach. It's at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles.
June 16: A day of bluegrass featuring Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads will celebrate the festival's end, at 1 p.m. at Geneva on the Lake, 1001 Lochland Road, Geneva.