The 2021 season of the Geneva Music Festival recently ended with an eclectic grand finale concert that featured soulful and rhythmic “Strum” by Jessie Montgomery, heartwarming “Dunka” by Rebecca Clark and the fascinating piano quintet by Brahms. .. Following last season’s all-virtual format, GMF hosted eight face-to-face concerts from May 20 to June 13 this year, most of which had live streaming options. This year, Hannah Collins, Elliott Heaton, Jinju Cho, Clive Greensmith, Eric Wong, Etore Kosa, Dashon Burton, Michelle Kang, Ani Cavafian, Kirsten and others have taken part in festivals over the past decade. The favorites of many spectators who participated are back. Docter, Esther Park, ATLYS quartet, JP Jofre, La Vozde Tres.
âAll of the artists, including myself, were delighted to be able to perform together in person again,â said GMF director Geoffrey Herd. âI was particularly happy to find the public who have always supported me with enthusiasm. We loved being able to offer them live music. Many people have been doing this since the start of the pandemic. He said it was his first time attending an event like this. “
More than 1,000 tickets will be sold in 2021, comparable to ticket sales of past seasons with more concerts. The Smith Opera House hosted most of this year’s performances. Most of the events were broadcast live for those who couldn’t attend or who felt more comfortable watching from home. Almost 100 of total ticket sales were for live streaming.
The season started with one of two open-air concerts, âWhen Flowers Bloom: ATLYS at Sonnenberg Gardensâ. It was the world premiere of âThe Sonnenberg Suiteâ composed by Ali Fisher and performed by ATLYS, a classically trained crossover string quartet. It was commissioned by Thomas Mees from Canandaigua and was born in 2019 when ATLYS first visited Finger Lakes. This work was dedicated to the magnificent, diverse and eclectic gardens of Sonenberg. The festival also hosted a bluegrass rockabilly concert, with Aaron Lipp and Slack Tones attending the festival for the first time. In front of an enthusiastic outdoor crowd in Geneva on the Lake, the group presented bluegrass with the roots of their old music.
With the aim of stimulating and maintaining an ongoing appreciation of classical music, GMF artists participated in awareness activities in the region. ATLYS presented a concert in Ferris Hills in front of a crowd of about 30 people. The next night we played the YMCA Geneva after-school program outside for the kids and had a free pop-up concert at the Geneva Breakfront. In addition, baritone Dashon Burton and pianist Michelle Can announced a special program for students at St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy and the Boys and Girls Club at the Community Center. In collaboration with the Geneva Recreation Commission, Argentinian bandoneon player JP Jofre and GMF Artist in Residence also offered a âtango teaserâ to the Gazebo at Geneva Breakfront Park.
For more information on the Geneva Music Festival, the artists who participated in this season and how to contribute, please visit our website at www.genevamusicfestival.com.
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