For the first time, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington will offer programming for 10 continuous days, Aug. 14 to 24, featuring the festival’s core ensemble of top-tier national and international musicians and the return of last year’s ensemble-in-residence, WindSync.
For two years, a visiting ensemble-in-residence has provided a week of “pop up” concerts as a prelude to the festival, a short time later. This year, the prelude events are blended into the festival and WindSync will be part of the main stage concerts for 10 continuous days of music.
The core ensemble is led by Lexington-native Nathan Cole, who is the festival’s artistic director and first associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is joined, as he is every year, by pianist Alessio Bax, who enjoys an international solo career; Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Akiko Tarumoto, Philadelphia Orchestra violist Burchard Tang and Trio Cavatina cellist Priscilla Lee.
In addition to WindSync, the festival will boast four guest artists:
Adam Schoenberg, composer-in-residence: Schoenberg will be familiar to fans of the Lexington Philharmonic as he has been the orchestra’s composer-in-residence this season, including last month’s world premiere of his dreamy Canto. He is the third composer to be part of the Sakaly-Garbulinska composer-in-residence program, a co-commissioning effort between the Philharmonic and the festival.
When he was in Lexington for the Canto premiere, Schoenberg allowed that as he, Cole and Tarumoto are based in Los Angeles, this year’s festival will take some time to focus on the city’s burgeoning classical music scene.
Allegra Lilly, harp. The principal harpist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Lilly has performed as a soloist since 1997 with many of the nation’s most prominent orchestras and conductors, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and James Levine and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Karen Slack, soprano. The versatile opera and concert performer made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s Luisa Miller and also sang title roles in Verdi’s Il Trovatore and Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca with the Arizona Opera. She has also performed with the Latvian National Symphony and the San Francisco Opera, among many other groups.
Steve Armstrong, artist. The Lexington based artist is well known for his “automata,” intricate and moving sculptures that were recently exhibited at the Downtown Arts Center and have been shown around the country. His work for the festival will be auctioned to raise money for the event.
The festival’s 10-day schedule, according to its website, is:
WindSync – Popup Concerts Begin
WindSync – Educational Programming
WindSync – Short opening concert and reception
WindSync – Popup concert
Art Walk – Tour of Downtown Lexington art studios featuring art by past and current festival-commissioned artists (free admission, ticket required)
WindSync – Full length Concert
WindSync – Fundraiser Concert
WindSync – Two pop-up Concerts
WindSync – Educational programming
WindSync – educational programming
Concert I – Fasig-Tipton Pavilion; featuring music by Debussy, Schubert, Jeff Beal, Adam Schoenberg, David Lefkowitz, and Ravel. Tickets are $35/$15.
Cabaret Concert – Natasha’s Bistro and Bar
Concert II – Fasig-Tipton Pavilion; World Premiere by Adam Schoenberg, and other programming. $35/$15.
Concert III – Fasig-Tipton Pavilion; family-oriented concert. $15.