Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival opens June 14

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Audrey Axinn

The Finger Lakes Chamber Music’s 2014 season opens Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. with Music for Fortepiano, Strings, and Clarinet at Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport.

The concert will feature special guest, acclaimed fortepianist Audrey Axinn from the Julliard School of Music, with members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and Richard Auldon Clark, artistic director.

Audrey Axinn appears regularly throughout the United States and Europe on early and modern keyboard instruments. She debuted as a fortepianist in 1999 at the Boston Early Music Festival, and has become a sought-after specialist in 18th and early 19th music. Critics have written, “Axinn is an artist… her touch is magical and the fluidity of her playing exceptional.” She is on the faculty of the Julliard School, where she teaches fortepiano chamber music, and is Assistant Dean at the Mannes College of Music. She holds a Masters Degree and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Julliard School, as well as degrees from The Curtiss Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

The program includes J. S. Bach, Italian Concerto for string trio; W.A. Mozart, Kegelstatt Trio K. 498; Rebecca Clarke, Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale; and W. A. Mozart, Piano Quartet K. 493. A reception will follow the concert.

Now in its 12th season, the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival (FLCMF) brings world-class chamber music to the heart of the Finger Lakes from mid-June through early August. The purpose of the FLCMF is to enhance the quality and enjoyment of life in the Finger Lakes area by promoting an appreciation of diverse music and musical styles.