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Keuka College Hosts Finger Lakes Chamber 
Music Festival Concert July 14

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(Photo courtesy of FLCMF photographer, Howard LeVant)

The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival and an ensemble from the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra will perform at Keuka College on Sunday, July 14.

The concert, titled “Piano & Strings in the Chapel,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel.

Led by Manhattan Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director Richard Auldon Clark, the performance will include Grieg’s To Spring, Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor Op. 10, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44. 

Known as Norway’s greatest composer, Edvard Grieg began piano studies with his mother at the age of six. From 1858-62 he studied music in Leipzig Conservatory, and settled in Christiania (Oslo) and established himself as a music teacher and concert performer. At the same time, Grieg became the founder of a concert society “Eutherpe” with a choir and a symphony orchestra. His collection of “Lyrical Pieces” for piano gave him a fine reputation among musicians.

Claude Debussy, a French composer, was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition. He developed a strongly individual style, and went against the methods of classical composing by using uncommon arrangements that created a new language of sound.

Robert Schumann was a German composer, and began piano lessons at seven. Despite incessant practice, he never became the virtuoso pianist he hoped to be. Gradually, he became active as a critic, for which he was, during his lifetime, as well-known as he was for his music. Simultaneously, he developed into quite a capable composer.

Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, and free for students. Tickets may be ordered online or at the door.

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