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Date(s) - 07/15/2023
12:00 am

1622 State Route 332
Farmington, New York 14425-9525



SEASON JULY 15-23 – Symphony in a Tea Cup




Tickets available at starting April 1, 2023

Event organizers proudly announce its nineteenth annual season from July 15 – July 23.

The festival’s artistic directors, cellist Amy Sue Barston and violinist Kevin Kumar, are

passionate about engaging with audiences. Acclaimed musicians themselves, their nontraditional

approach to presenting classical works with entertaining insights and

storytelling brings new life to the genre. Concertgoers are invited to explore a lighter side

of chamber music, prompting the question, “Who would have thought that classical

music could be so down to earth?”

This 19th season will be featuring works of music that have a notable majestic breadth;

they conjure the symphonic colors and qualities of a whole orchestra, but are chamber

works: they use fewer instruments in a more intimate setting. The Beethoven Septet

(Festival Concert 7/21), for instance, often sounds like a symphony, but has only 7

instruments: French horn, bassoon, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. It’s like

an ‘up close and personal’ philharmonic! Similarly, the Brahms Clarinet Sonata (also

7/21) is beloved for it’s large scale amorous sweep, but uses only 2 instruments: clarinet

and piano. And our grand finale, Dvorak’s Eb Piano Quartet (Festival Concert 7/23),

features only four instruments but is as grand a work as one could imagine.

This year, the Festival will open with a lively concert event featuring delightful chamber

music and beer tastings at Faircraft Brauhaus in Fairport. Artistic Director Kevin Kumar

says beer music is a musical tasting celebrating our civilization’s fondness for this

ancient fermented beverage.

By popular demand, ChamberFest Canandaigua is partnering with The Lake House on

Canandaigua (rated #2 Resort Hotel in the Continental US). The 4-course meal selected

by their chefs will be accompanied by music that enhances your dining experience.

The following concerts are scheduled:

• Chamber Music & Craft Beer will be held Sunday afternoon, July 16 at Faircraft

Brauhaus in Fairport, NY.

• A Night to Remember will be held Tuesday evening, July 18 at The Lake House

on Canandaigua.

• Classical Blue Jeans will be held on Wednesday evening, July 19, at Casa Larga

Vineyards in Fairport, NY.

• The Free Family Concert will be held on Thursday morning, July 20, at Wood

Library in Canandaigua, NY.

• Symphony in a Teacup will be held on Friday night, July 21, at Cobblestone Arts


• Festival Finale will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 23, at Cobblestone Arts


Co-Artistic Director Amy Sue Barston

Praised as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue

Barston has performed as soloist on stages throughout the world, including Carnegie

Hall, Ravinia, Caramoor, Bargemusic, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Power House

(Australia), and Prussia Cove (England).

She has performed Osvaldo Golijov’s Omaramor in twenty international cities, receiving

twenty consecutive standing ovations. Of the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Aftermath

at Ravinia, The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: “the deep, rich tones of Barston’s cello

haunted the vocal line like a sorrowing vision.” At seventeen she appeared as soloist with

the Chicago Symphony on live television, won Grand Prize in the Society of American

Musicians’ Competition, and has since performed as soloist with dozens of orchestras.

Recently she gave thirty solo recitals and masterclasses, spanning from New York to

New Zealand. Amy is the cellist of The Corigliano Quartet, which was hailed by Strad

Magazine as having “abundant commitment and mastery,” and whose Naxos CD was

named one of the top two recordings of the year by both the NewYorker and Gramophone

Magazine. Amy studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC where she won the “Most

Outstanding Graduate Award,” and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her

Masters Degree. Amy is a devoted teacher, in her home and at Juilliard. Students

commute hundreds of miles for lessons and occasionally come from as far as Alaska and


Co-Artistic Director Kevin Kumar

Kevin Kumar has been a violin soloist with orchestras like the Los Angeles

Philharmonic and guest concertmaster of orchestras on the U.S. West Coast and around

Europe. His true love is chamber music, which he has performed around the world. He is

also a studio musician on Hollywood movies, tv shows, and albums.

Kevin’s aim as an artist is to be a springboard for listeners and musicians to jump away

from old patterns and into a universe that vibrates with wonder. He benefited from a

supportive family as well as amazing teachers and colleagues, which led him to

understand that building community is just as important as individual artistic excellence.

For that reason, he co-founded and co-directs a non-profit organization in Los Angeles

called Salastina (

Kevin is a graduate of Stanford and attended USC, Manhattan School of Music, and

Columbia University. During the long time off he took to recover from an injury, he was

a songwriter/producer for major label pop artists in East Asia. He’s based in Southern

California, where he lives with his wife and dotes on his young kids.

Kevin feels grateful for getting to know this wonderful community while being the coartistic

director of ChamberFest Canandaigua these many years.

Tickets go on sale April 1 at

More details can be found on Facebook under “ChamberFest Canandaigua”. With media

inquiries or for additional information, contact Aimee Ward at

Founded in 2004, ChamberFest Canandaigua (formerly Canandaigua LakeMusic

Festival) is dedicated to introducing new audiences to classical music through live

concert performances and educational projects###


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