2019 Season

  • World ATLYS

    • Friday, May 24, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      Billsboro Winery
     ATLYS is a classically trained, crossover string quartet comprised of four wome more »
     ATLYS is a classically trained, crossover string quartet comprised of four women: violinists Jinty McTavish and Sabrina Tabby, violist Rita Andrade and cellist Genevieve Tabby. They'll use the string quartet as a blank canvas as they explore some of the world’s most loved music. Let ATLYS take you on a voyage around the globe, from the sloping mountains of Argentina to the green coasts of Ireland, from the glaciers of Iceland to the provinces of China, and beyond. Each piece will conjure a unique atmosphere and, with their electrifying looping pedals, this will be string quartet like you’ve never heard it before! See and hear a sample of their work online.
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  • Opening Night with The Verona Quartet

    • Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      Gearan Center for the Performing Arts
    The Verona Quartet will join the Geneva Music Festival for the 2019 Season's ope more »
    The Verona Quartet will join the Geneva Music Festival for the 2019 Season's opening night, Thursday, May 30. Featuring Jonathon Ong and Dorothy Ro (violin), Abigail Wilensky (viola) and  Jonathon Dorman (cello), The Verona Quartet has established itself as one of the most sought-after string quartets of its generation. Since winning the 2015 Concert Artists Guild competition, the quartet has performed around the globe  with an emphasis on progressive programming and collaboration. In this concert, the Veronas bring a program of music written by female composers. In the second half, they will be joined by GMF favorites Jinjoo Cho (violin) and Michelle Cann (piano) for Chausson’s expressive and virtuosic Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet.  
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  • A Portrait of Clara Schumann

    • Friday, May 31, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles
    • Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      Gearan Center for the Performing Arts
    Clara Schumann’s immense influence on Johannes Brahms has been researched, discu more »
    Clara Schumann’s immense influence on Johannes Brahms has been researched, discussed and written about extensively. In this concert, we explore her influences. Like Brahms, Clara Schumann also was  a classicist and heavily influenced by the counterpoint of J.S. Bach. This concert opens with a trio arrangement of Bach’s masterful Goldberg Variations before exploring two works by Schumann, among them, her most well-known piece of chamber music, the Piano Trio in G minor. Brahms himself was without a doubt the greatest influence on her compositional style and this concert ends appropriately with his glorious String Sextet in G Major.  The program includes: J.S. Bach: Selections from the “Goldberg Variations," Clara Schumann: Piano Trio G Minor, and Brahms: String Sextet No. 2, Op. 36.  Concert features: Geoffrey Herd, Jinjoo Cho, violin Michelle Cann, piano Abigail Wilensky and Eric Wong, viola Max Geissler and Jonathon Dorman, cello    
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  • Women Across the Ages

    • Thursday, June 6, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      Gearan Center for the Performing Arts
    This concert features female composers spanning nearly 10 centuries. Hildegard v more »
    This concert features female composers spanning nearly 10 centuries. Hildegard von Bingen is the earliest known female composer. Born in the 11th century, von Bingen was an Abbess, philosopher and visionary. She is recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. An arrangement completed for the Kronos quartet will transport the listener into the landscape of early liturgical music. Jumping forward, the audience will experience the youthful exuberance of Fanny Mendelsohn, Felix’s little sister. While her compositional output and skill was neglected due to her gender, we are lucky to still have access to this masterful string quartet written during her teenage years. The concert also will feature the third part of Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio (the first two parts of this work were performed at GMF in our 2016 season). To conclude this exciting program, GMF artists will perform Mendelssohn’s virtuostic and rarely heard Sextet in D Major with Bass and Piano. Artists in this concert include: Geoff Herd and Eliot Heaton, violins Hillary Herndon, viola Max Geissler, Hannah Collins, cello John Campbell, bass Esther Park, piano  
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  • Sounds of April and Randall: Jazz Concert at Club 86

    • Friday, June 7, 2019 – 7:00 PM

      Club 86
    Enjoy an evening of jazz and food at Club 86! Jazz sensations April May Webb and more »
    Enjoy an evening of jazz and food at Club 86! Jazz sensations April May Webb and Randall Haywood return to Geneva after winning audiences over as part of the T.S. Monk concert at the Smith in 2018. With their own unique fusion of swing, cool, hard bop and avant-garde jazz. You’ll be taken on an artistic journey through an array of colors in modern jazz. Partners in music and life, April and Randall draw their inspiration from the deep love they have for one another. S.O.A.R. expresses that love through beautifully-crafted compositions with fresh innovative arrangements. Dinner is available at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 for the show, at which time tickets will also be sold at the door as available.
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  • Syndee Winters Jazz Concert

    • Saturday, June 8, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      Smith Opera House
    Syndee Winters has spent more than five years researching the life and work of L more »
    Syndee Winters has spent more than five years researching the life and work of Lena Horne to bring the amazing artist back to life on stage in her project, “LENA: A Moment with a Lady,” which she brought to Geneva last year. Fittingly, Winters returns this season as we explore the music of women musicians from the Women’s National Hall of Fame. Winters will use her stunningly beautiful voice to also bring back to life singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.
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  • Syndee Winters Hall of Fame Discussion

    • Sunday, June 9, 2019 – 1:00 PM

      National Women's Hall of Fame
    Captivating storyteller and singer Syndee Winters will present a talk and exhibi more »
    Captivating storyteller and singer Syndee Winters will present a talk and exhibit on musicians from the National Women's Hall of Fame. After hearing her bring these women to life on stage the night before, hear more about their lives and work at the new site of the Hall, the former knitting mill in Seneca Falls.  
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  • Ray Nagem Organ Recital

    • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      Presbyterian Church in Geneva
    • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      United Church of Canandaigua
    • Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Auburn
    Back by popular demand, Ray Nagem will present works for organ featuring women c more »
    Back by popular demand, Ray Nagem will present works for organ featuring women composers spanning a range of centuries. This program will include a world premiere by composer Chelsea Chen, commissioned by the Geneva Music Festival.
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  • Chamber Music Finale

    • Friday, June 14, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles
    • Saturday, June 15, 2019 – 7:30 PM

      Gearan Center for the Performing Arts
    The chamber music finale features Geoffrey Herd and Shawn Moore (violins), Clive more »
    The chamber music finale features Geoffrey Herd and Shawn Moore (violins), Clive Greensmith and Hannah Collins (cellos), and Esther Park (piano). The program opens with a work inspired and dedicated to Beethoven’s patron Countess Marie von Erdody, the exceptionally beautiful and exciting Piano Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 70 no. 2. Geneva Music Festival’s chamber music season concludes with two blockbuster works by female composers, the epic Lyre of Orpheus sextet by Pulitzer prize winning composer, Shulamit Ran and the lyrical and melodic Piano Quintet by Amy Beach.
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  • Bluegrass: Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads

    • Sunday, June 16, 2019 – 1:00 PM

      Geneva on the Lake
    Great music, great food, great drinks, and beautiful scenery! Come helps us cele more »
    Great music, great food, great drinks, and beautiful scenery! Come helps us celebrate the end of our festival with Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads beneath the tent at Geneva on the Lake. Rebecca Colleen McDonald and her band are Finger Lakes favorites and the ambiance at  Geneva on the Lake is second to none.
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