Keuka Lake Music Festival: Rising classical stars and a daughter’s tribute

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

The Keuka Lake Music Festival continues this Thursday, Aug. 17 at Keuka College’s Norton Chapel with a concert featuring rising stars. 

Aug. 17

Headlining the program is cellist Brannon Cho, who was the recipient of the  “City of Brussels” Prize and the title of “Laureate” at the first ever Queen Elisabeth International Competition for cello. Also featured on the program are violinist and Artistic Director, Dylan Kennedy, along with pianists Anna Maimine and Rixiang Huang, and violist Jenni Seo.

Aug. 19

Saturday’s concert will feature Steinway Artist Sandra Shapiro performing a recital exploring cultural heritage and influences. 

“Musical Roots had its genesis in 2006 upon discovering a very old letter from Moscow written to my father and my attempt to locate its author,” Shapiro says

She adds, “Born in Russia in 1923, my father died when I was quite young. Never having known him as an adult, and with my curiosity piqued, I began my quest to learn about his life and journey to America, which traversed five continents. His story became my story — the impetus to explore my cultural heritage and influences. The culmination of this journey inspired me to create a series of four stories relayed via musical narratives, as a proud daughter and sister of immigrants.” 

2017–18 marks the debut of the first program — “In My Father’s Footsteps — A Daughter’s Search for Answers.” It includes music of Liadov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Schubert as a tribute to Shapiro’s father and to “all who dream of a better life and courageously pursue their dreams.”

Aug. 20

Sunday’s “Summer Finale!” will feature the “rising star” artists performing in various combinations, as well as with Sandra Shapiro.

All performances take place at Keuka College’s Norton Chapel, beginning at 7:30 p.m., with a 7 p.m. pre-concert chat led by Artistic Director Dylan Kennedy. General admission is $20; students and children are free.

Be there

What: Keuka Lake Music Festival

When:Aug. 17, Aug. 19, and Aug. 20

Where: Norton Chapel, Keuka College

Tickets: $20; students 7 children free

Be there

What: Keuka Lake Music Festival

When:Aug. 17, Aug. 19, and Aug. 20

Where: Norton Chapel, Keuka College

Tickets: $20; students 7 children free

Keuka Lake Music Festival