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2020 Season

  • “Why the Devil Chose the Violin” with Jinjoo Cho

    • Friday, June 5, 2020 – 7:00 PM

    One of America’s most prominent young concert violinists, Jinjoo Cho, explores w more »
    One of America’s most prominent young concert violinists, Jinjoo Cho, explores why, early in its history, the violin was thought of as Satan’s instrument. Examining the instrument’s Eastern origins and the “Orientalism” mindset of Europe that perceived Eastern culture as sensual and uninhibited, Jinjoo explores how our fear of the unknown creates misperception. This event has been recorded and is now available on YouTube.  
  • A Discussion with Jennifer Higdon

    • Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 7:00 PM

    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon joins participants via Zoom to d more »
    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon joins participants via Zoom to discuss her work, "Scenes From the Poet’s Dream." Read Jennifer's program notes on "Scenes from the Poet's Dreams" prior to the event and listen to the movements via the following links: Join via Zoom and enter password 341043 to ask Jennifer questions about her music and life. After the premiere, this event will be available on the GMF YouTube channel. (Should you need help accessing the meeting, directions for joining a Zoom meeting can be found on their website.) Photo credit: JD Scott
  • An Evening with La Voz de Tres

    • Saturday, June 13, 2020 – 7:00 PM

    In this livestreamed performance, Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal, keyboardist M more »
    In this livestreamed performance, Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal, keyboardist Mike Eckroth and seven-string guitarist Jason Ennis return to GMF with their blend of infectious rhythms of Latin America, original compositions and picks from the Great American Songbook.    This event will premiere via YouTube Livestream and Facebook. After the premiere, a recording of the event will be available on the GMF YouTube channel.  
  • A Discussion with Shulamit Ran

    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – 7:00 PM

    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran joins participants via Zoom to disc more »
    Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran joins participants via Zoom to discuss her compositions, String Quartet No. 2, “Lyre of Orpheus,” and “Soliloquy.” Prior to the program, read her program notes: Hear her string quartet in the links below. String Quartet No. 2 'Vistas' I [audio mp3="http://genevamusicfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/Ran-String-Quartet-No.-2-Vistas-4-I.mp3"][/audio] String Quartet No. 2 'Vistas' II [audio mp3="http://genevamusicfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/Ran-String-Quartet-No.-2-Vistas-4-II.mp3"][/audio] String Quartet No. 2 'Vistas' III [audio mp3="http://genevamusicfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/Ran-String-Quartet-No.-2-Vistas-4-III.mp3"][/audio] String Quartet No. 2 'Vistas' IV [audio mp3="http://genevamusicfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/Ran-String-Quartet-No.-2-Vistas-4-IV.mp3"][/audio] Recordings of Lyre of Orpheus and Soliloquy are available on YouTube: During the Zoom event, you'll then be able to ask Ran questions about her music and life. The password for the event is 743262. Should you need help accessing the meeting, directions for joining a Zoom meeting can be found on their website. After the premiere, a recording of the event will be available on the GMF YouTube channel.
  • A Living Room Recital with Clive Greensmith, cello

    • Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 7:00 PM

    Join renowned cellist Clive Greensmith for an evening of solo cello music, inclu more »
    Join renowned cellist Clive Greensmith for an evening of solo cello music, including works by Bach and Cassado. Greensmith, former cellist of the Tokyo String Quartet and faculty member at the Colburn School of Music, is widely acclaimed as one of the great cellists of our time. Audience members will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A throughout the performance. This event will premiere via YouTube Livestream and Facebook. After the premiere, a recording of the event will be available on the GMF YouTube channel.   
  • Michelle Cann and Geoffrey Herd on composer Florence Price

    • Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – 7:00 PM

    Pianist Michelle Cann and violinist Geoffrey Herd discuss Florence Price’s amalg more »
    Pianist Michelle Cann and violinist Geoffrey Herd discuss Florence Price’s amalgamation of German romanticism and African American traditional music and dance in creating the unique musical idioms in her Piano Concerto. The event premieres on Zoom, password: 092256. A recording of her work and program notes follow: [audio mp3="http://genevamusicfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/Geneva18-4-6-7-6-Price.mp3"][/audio] Florence Price, Concerto in One Movement (1933), arr. Boris Vayner Florence Price was born in Arkansas in 1887. She learned piano and organ and received her teaching certificate from the New England Conservatory of Music. Price moved to Chicago in the early twenties, likely in order to escape the racial tensions in Arkansas during this time. While there, she experienced much of her compositional success. In 1932, her Symphony no. 1 in E-minor won the Rodman Wanamaker Prize and was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, marking Price as the first African-American female composer to achieve such an accomplishment. The Concerto in One Movement, written a couple of years later, incorporates African-American musical elements, especially displayed through the rhythmic motives. The original score to the work was lost but reconstructed in 2011 by Dr. Trevor Weston, an established composer and professor, through a commission by the Center for Black Music Research. The Geneva Music Festival commissioned this arrangement of the piano concerto by Boris Vayner. Mr. Vayner is the current violist of the renowned St. Petersburg Quartet, as well as an instructor of viola at Wichita State University. In addition to being a respected performer and educator, Mr. Vayner is pursuing his doctorate in conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas Conservatory of Music and Dance. Concerto in One Movement is in three sections: Moderato, Adagio, and Allegretto. The Moderato opens with an introduction that feeds into an extended piano cadenza. The melodic theme develops as the movement progresses and incorporates chromatically ascending arpeggios and dotted rhythms that filter through the solo part and accompaniment. The accompaniment converses with the solo by playing thick chords met by a flourished solo response. The Adagio portrays a beautiful melodic line, with sounds echoing the heart-felt nature of a spiritual, while still incorporating chromatic and arpeggiated patterns. Allegretto is modeled after a “juba” dance, found in the African tradition. This final section of the work is full of dotted rhythms and active parts that mimic the sounds of a lively western. Read her biography to learn more about Price prior to the event. After the premiere, a recording will be available on the GMF YouTube channel. (Should you need help accessing the meeting, directions for joining a Zoom meeting can be found on Zoom's website.)
  • Ani Kavafian, A Life in Music

    • Friday, June 26, 2020 – 7:00 PM

    GMF director Geoffrey Herd sits down with violinist Ani Kavafian to discuss her more »
    GMF director Geoffrey Herd sits down with violinist Ani Kavafian to discuss her long and varied career. Kavafian is an artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Professor at the Yale School of Music. She has performed in many of the world’s great concert halls and has soloed with nearly every major orchestra in the United States. This event will premiere, and be accessible as a recording following, on YouTube.