The first of four concerts Keuka College will host as part of the Keuka Lake Music Festival’s 2018 concert series will be held Thursday, July 26.

Critically acclaimed violinist Ivan Zenaty, with accompanist David Schane on piano, will perform Schuman’s Märchenbilder (Fairy-Tale Pictures), Op.113, Nedbal’s Violin Sonata in B minor, Op. 9, and Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18.

Open to the public, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Norton Chapel. A pre-concert conversation begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 (free for children and students), and can be purchased at Tickets will also be available at the door.

Mr. Zenaty has been called the most important Czech violinist of his time. With his exceptional wealth of repertoire, including more than 50 violin concertos, he is a favored guest artist with many international orchestras.

A prize winner in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, Mr. Zenaty has played engagements with both the Moscow and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. He received First Prize at the 1987 Prague Spring International Music Competition, and was chosen laureate of the UNESCO International Rostrum of Young Performers.

Mr. Schane has given recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, including appearing in the 1990 gala broadcast concert with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in a rare performance of Liszt’s Hexameron for six pianos and orchestra. Mr. Schane also performed as a soloist in Chicago’s renowned Allied Arts Piano Series, organized by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Keuka Lake Music Festival is dedicated to bringing high-quality classical music to the Finger Lakes region, featuring rising stars performing alongside firmly established musicians. Founded in 2017 by Penn Yan resident Dylan Kennedy, the Keuka Lake Music Festival is committed to community enrichment and artistic excellence.

The concert series returns to Keuka College on Saturday, Aug. 4; Thursday, Aug. 9; and Thursday, Aug. 16. Each concert is open to the public and will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel, with a pre- concert chat at 7 p.m. Tickets for each performance are $20 (free for children and students). To purchase advance tickets, visit Tickets will also be available at the door.