Music Festival begins ninth season

Staff reports
Richard Aulden Clark and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra musicians.

Once again, the sounds of world-class chamber music will be heard in the heart of the Finger Lakes as Richard Auldon Clark, founding director of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (MCO) with ensembles from the MCO, perform in scenic Finger Lakes locations in Penn Yan, Branchport and Watkins Glen.

Founded in 2003, the purpose of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival (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.

Highlights this season include music of Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Handel, Schubert, Rossini, Boccherini, Foote, Durufle, Randall Thompson and Bloch, as well as music by American composers including folk, jazz, and pop.

Education outreach has always been a very important part of the FLCMF mission.  

To that end, the FLCMF sponsors free education outreach programs for youth in local public schools and camps in the Finger Lakes Area.

The first concert, “Brahms Bombshell” willl be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Rd., Branchport.

Richard Auldon Clark, artistic director, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and special quests: the NEOS String Quartet will perform Brahms’ Quintet in F Major and Quintet in G Major.

The NEOS String Quartet (NSQ), based in New York City, is a young, ensemble   of graduates of the Julliard School of Music and other conservatories.

The quartet strives to strengthen the appeal of classical music to a diverse and  growing audience.