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  • Thursday   August 1, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • The 40th - Opening Night
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Aizuri Quartet: Different Trains
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  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
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  • TBA • 8:00 PM
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  • Friday   August 9, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Piano Festival
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  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Hilary Hahn
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
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  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • All in Rhythm
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  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
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  • Thursday   August 22, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Bon Appétit!
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  • Friday   August 23, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church • 8:00 PM
  • Café Music
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  • Saturday   August 24, 2019
  • Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards • 8:00 PM
  • Festival Finale in memory of Louise Robinson: with David Zinman and the Festival Orchestra
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Thursday   August 9, 2018 First Presbyterian Church   •   7:00 PM

Backstage Pass: Beyond the Notes

Tai Murray and Xavier Foley join composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel to discuss their collaboration on the new Festival-commissioned work. Find out how the composer turns inspiration into notes and the performers turn notes back into inspiration.

    



Musicians:

Derek Bermel
Derek Bermel
Composer
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Derek Bermel, Composer

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra, Bermel is also curator of the Gamper Festival at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Director of Copland House's emerging composers institute Cultivate, and recently enjoyed a four-year tenure as artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton. He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, and Pacific Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio, La Jolla Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Guarneri String Quartet, De Ereprijs (Netherlands), violinist Midori, and electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans among others. His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center's Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Bellagio, Copland House, Sacatar, and Civitella Ranieri.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Rebecca Carr
Rebecca Carr
Narrator
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Rebecca Carr, Narrator

Soprano Rebecca Carr has been hailed in the press for singing "radiantly" and "brilliantly" with her "big, vibrant soprano voice," matched with "remarkable" and "touching" portrayals. She brings her exuberance for singing and love of performing to opera, concert and recital stages. She has performed regionally with Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Harrisburg Opera Association, Mozart & Friends Opera Festival, ArtPark/Greater Buffalo Opera, Ashlawn-Highland Summer Opera Festival, and she sang throughout France, Germany and Spain with the touring company, Teatro Lirico di Europa. With Aiken Productions, Miss Carr performed Amahl & The Night Visitors in over half the United States under the direction of the original Melchior, baritone David Aiken. She has appeared in concert with the Ohio Valley Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, the Chautauqua Symphony, Bridgeton Symphony, and the Old York Road Symphony. Miss Carr made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria. Other debuts were made at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as a featured artist on the Family Concert series, in concert with the Ocean City (NJ) Pops, and in recital on the Bucks County Performing Arts Center Concert Series.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Xavier Foley
Xavier Foley
Bass
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Xavier Foley, Bass

Winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, double bassist Xavier Foley has captivated audiences "with superbly executed performances… playing fluidly and passionately" (Splash Magazines). In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Foley appears as soloist with the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, and performs recitals at the Port Washington Library, the Paramount Theatre, the Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital Series, the Harriman-Jewell Series, and at the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. As a Winner of the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions along with four Performance Prizes, he gave his New York and Washington, DC debut recitals this season, which included two of his own compositions. Mr. Foley has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and with the Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall. His numerous prizes include Philadelphia's Musical Fund Society, First Prizes at Astral's 2014 National Auditions, Sphinx's 2014 Competition, and at the 2011 International Society of Bassists Competition. Xavier Foley has participated in the Marlboro Music and the Delaware Chamber Music Festivals.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9

Tai Murray
Tai Murray
Violin
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Tai Murray, Violin

An inspiring talent with a silky and sweet tone from even the highest registers of her instrument, impeccable intonation, dexterity, subtlety yet always vigorous and dramatic, the well-schooled and hugely musical Tai Murray has become an essential personality in today's classical musical world. She is a former BBC young generation artist and member of the Marlboro Festival and of Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society. Living between New York and Berlin, Tai has been heard on stages such as the Barbican, Queen Elisabeth and London Royal Albert Hall, aside orchestras such as Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Manchester BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Performing:
Thursday, August 9



Guest Artist Sponsors:

Derek Bermel sponsored by Andrew & Natalia Russo
Xavier Foley sponsored by Mary Cotter
Tai Murray sponsored by Andrea Latchem