Legends and Fairy Tales (May 26)

Legends and Fairy Tales (May 26)

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts



Friday, May 26 – 7:30PM
Saturday, May 27 – 7:30

Legends and Fairy Tales

Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Eliot Heaton, violin
Geoffrey Herd, violin
Esther Park, piano
Ettore Causa, viola
Eric Wong, viola
Max Geissler, cello

“Once upon a time…” opens the door to tales of impossible things and wondrous adventures; it is an equally apt beginning for this concert, in which we’ll hear such stories explored and depicted through music. Schumann’s Märchenbilder (‘Fairy Tale Pictures’) is a set of charming character pieces, while Shih-Hui Chen’s programmatic work Returning Souls introduces us to the legends of the Amis people of Taiwan. More a saga than fable, Mendelssohn’s second viola quintet is replete with drama, exuberance, and pathos – all the elements of a gripping narrative.

Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63
Shih Hui Chen (b. 1962) ‘Returning Souls’ Four Short Pieces on Three Formosan Amis Legends
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) Marchenbilder, Op. 113
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) String Quintet No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 87

All programs subject to change.
Individual concert tickets: $35 adult; $10 college student with ID;  FREE for youth aged 18 and younger
Season pass (8 concerts): $240 adult
More information and tickets available at GenevaMusicFestival.com.
Wheelchair accessible.


Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

About the Artists

Eliot Heaton

Violinist Eliot Heaton is the current Concertmaster of the Michigan Opera Theatre, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony. He previously served as Concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony and Oberlin Symphony orchestras, and has played as guest Concertmaster with the Kalamazoo Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony violin section in the ‘22-’23 season and also plays as an extra… Read more

Eric Wong

Celebrated for a “tone like toasted caramel. Amazing.” (Musical Toronto), Eric Wong is the violist of the Cavani String Quartet. He was also a member of the JUNO-nominated Afiara Quartet and the Linden String Quartet, first prize winners of the Fischoff, Coleman, and Concert Artist Guild competitions. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Wong is an accomplished educator and has been artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Royal Conservatory of… Read more

Esther Park

Pianist Esther Park has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States as well as Asia and major European cities. Ms. Park has appeared as soloist with many orchestras such as Houston Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Filharmonia Pomorska, Poland, Shanghai Philharmonic, China, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at Aspen, Shreveport Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony. Ms. Park gave a five-city recital tour in Korea, and… Read more

Ettore Causa

Awarded both the “P. Schidlof Prize” and the “J. Barbirolli Prize” for “the most beautiful sound” at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola competition in England in 2000, Italian-born violist Ettore Causa is praised for his exceptional artistry, passionate intelligence and complete musicianship.  He has made solo and recital appearances in major venues around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Madrid National Auditorium, Salle Cortot, Tokyo Symphony Hall, Teatro Colon, etc., and has performed… Read more

Geoffrey Herd

Violinist Geoffrey Herd leads a varied and impactful career as a soloist and chamber musician, artistic director, and pedagogue. He has performed throughout the United States, Latin America, and Asia at venues including the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and universities and conservatories globally. An avid chamber musician, Dr. Herd has collaborated with prominent musicians including Ettore Causa, Jinjoo Cho, James Dunham, Clive Greensmith, Ani Kavafian,… Read more

Max Geissler

Praised for his “superb artistry and beautiful sound”, cellist Max Geissler currently serves as the cellist and Co-Artistic Director of the mixed instrumentation new music ensemble Latitude 49 and is a highly sought-after chamber collaborator and educator. Before his Doctoral studies at Rice working with Desmond Hoebig, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan working with Richard Aaron. Passionately expanding the breadth and scope of the standard repertoire, Max has participated in… Read more

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