Geneva Music Festival runs until June 21 and will include alternative varieties of music including new collaborations, jazz, and bluegrass in addition to its longstanding commitment to providing quality classical music options. The second week of the festival thrives with the intricacies of its bold program line-up, promising to offer quality, diversity, and character. Following a weekend round of piano trios, the festival will welcome musicians that exemplify world-class talent and the finest collaborations between contemporary artists.
Ani Kavafian and Clive Greensmith join the Geneva Music Festival artist roster for the program “Ani Kavafian and Friends,” which debuts on Friday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “Serenade” by Zoltan Kodaly will be performed alongside Beethoven’s “String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1.”The highlight of this concert will be a rendition of Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major. An encore performance will be given the next day on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Willard Memorial Chapel in Auburn.
Kavafian, a full professor at Yale School of Music, is a renowned chamber musician, and has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979. She has performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras and serves as concertmistress of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has recorded the Mozart Violin Concertos. She also serves as artistic director of Mostly Music, a chamber music series in New Jersey. Kavafian will appear on Bill Baker’s WCNY program “Live at Noon” on 91.3 FM on Wednesday, June 10 at 12 p.m.
Cellist Clive Greensmith has achieved extraordinary international acclaim both as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal performing in concert series across the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East. He served as cellist in the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet for over 12 years and was also principal cellist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served on faculties of many Conservatories and is currently professor of cello and co-director of chamber music at the Colburn School. A recording of clarinet trios featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse was released by Harmonia Mundi in the fall of 2014.
New Morse Code, the dynamic percussion and cello duo of Michael Compitello and Geneva-native Hannah Collins, returns to the festival this year with two compelling concerts. On Thursday, June 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Geneva Community Center, New Morse Code will offer an interactive performance that is free and open to the public. The show will feature works of contemporary composers. Following this, on June 14 at 7 p.m. in Billsboro Winery in Geneva, the duo will showcase a developing project entitled “The Language of Landscapes” with composer Christopher Stark; the undertaking seeks to highlight the ways in which geography and community shape distinct approaches to expression. Prior to this concert, there will be a wine and cheese reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. for attendees to mingle with the artists.
Admission for each show is $20 for adults; students 18 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by mail and online at www.genevamusicfestival.com and tickets.thesmith.org. Season passes and more concert information can be obtained by visiting www.genevamusicfestival.com.