Lakes Area Music Festival has announced its redesigned 2020 Festival Season. The music selected for the new series fits within a theme of contrasts, honoring the paradox between the isolation and despair of present times with the connectedness and joy that music can bring. Over the coming weeks a small group of principal artists will collaborate at Tornstrom Auditorium in streaming concerts which viewers can enjoy from the comfort of home. Each concert will be accessible via Facebook Live.
VOICES OF YOUTH
Friday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Dmitri Shostakovich and George Enescu each made their mark as young people by writing a string octet at the age of 18.
The texture of a double string quartet gives life to the youthful energy evident in both of these pieces. Légende, by Enescu and played by Tchaikovsky competition prizewinning trumpeter, Ansel Norris, serves as a palate cleanser alongside these acts.
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
Saturday, Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Opening weekend continues with a night of arias featuring Metropolitan Opera star, tenor David Portillo. Joined by guests from opera companies around the globe.
Sunday, Aug. 2, 2 p.m.
Beethoven wrote his String Quartet Op. 132 late in life, after recovering from a near-fatal illness. This “Holy Song of Thanksgiving” is a personal reflection on mortalit. Resilience in the face of hardship and directly facing death are also two essential elements of the Black experience. Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone, Dashon Burton, will offer African American spirituals.
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.
The descendent of American slaves, British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was fascinated by the New World. His Nonet for strings, winds, and piano is presented alongside another composer with an appreciation of Black American music: Antonin Dvorák, whose Piano Quintet will feature Van Cliburn and Tchaikovsky competition prize-winner Kenny Broberg, piano.
CITY OF ANGELS
Friday, Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Many composers have brought their talents to the silver screen, especially in the 1930s, when a wave of European Jewish refugees shaped Golden Age of Hollywood.
Prior to his exodus from Austria to LA, Erich Korngold wrote a Piano Quintet which foreshadows the lush glitz and glam of his career to come. Philip Glass’ third string quartet, written for film, and Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the 1980s movie “The Mission” complete this exploration of identity and nationality.
PARADOX OF PRAISE
Saturday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy award-winning bass-baritone, Dashon Burton opens this program with a mixed set of art song and German lieder, featuring selections from Schumann’s Dichterliebe (Poet’s Love) and Margaret Bond’s incisive settings of Langston Hughes. Paired with Felix Mendelssohn’s second piano trio, with a final quotation of the Psalm 100 Doxology.
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m.
The French dance suite has been one of composers’ favorite genres for centuries. The variety and contrasts inherent to this form makes them a platform to highlight individual style.
From one of the first published female composers, Élizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and Johann Sebastian Bach to modernists like Camille Saint-Saëns and György Ligeti.
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Valerie Coleman and Caroline Shaw are two of the living American composers. Coleman’s Requiem Milonga offers a vignette, while Shaw’s By and By uses texts and textures from southern Appalachian folk music to create a meditation on death and the afterlife. Mozart’s Wind Serenade in E-flat leads to Minuets.
Friday, Aug. 14. 7:30 p.m.
This evening begins with Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in the Mirror), followed by the world premier of a new dance choreographed by Amsterdam-based House of Makers.
Featuring Queen Elizabeth Competition-winning pianist, Henry Kramer, this newly-created ballet weaves together works of Erik Satie, John Adams, and Maurice Ravel. Derrick Spiva Jr.’s American Mirror rounds out the program.
NIGHTMARES AND DREAMS
Saturday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Featured artist Chloe Fedor leads the LAMF baroque ensemble in a program of dreamscapes. From the Devil’s Trill by Giuseppe Tartini (which legend says was dictated to him in a dream) to Georg Philipp Telemann’s Don Quixote Suite.
Sunday, Aug. 16. 2 p.m.
After 10 concerts of music produced at Tornstrom Auditorium, LAMF turns to dozens of festival favorites who weren’t able to join this summer.
Viewers will hear from LAMF artists around the globe in this Digital Finale. Though this season can be enjoyed from a distance, LAMF looks forward to a reunion of artists and audiences next summer for the 2021 LAMF season.