Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival Slated for July 8-14

Performers on stage

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival will be held July 8-14, 2019. Participants and faculty will perform concerts each evening July 8-12, with a closing concert on July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

This year's Festival will present seven varied programs that highlight the development and evolution of music as an art form. The Festival kicks off on Monday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium with an exciting and dramatic performance in commemoration of Beethoven's upcoming 250th birthday. Kurt Nikkanen, Maria Asteriadou and Daniel Gaisford will give the rage, passion and tenderness of Beethoven's monumental contribution to the evolution of music from the classical era and beyond.

On Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room, Old Main, the Festival's faculty will present "Salon Artistique," a musical journey around the world that showcases the creation of diverse musical styles of works by composers from 19th-century onward.

The rest of the week will present a diverse, talented and dedicated group of young musicians who will assemble this summer at Kutztown University to work, interact and perform chamber music in a wide variety of styles and instrumental combinations.

For more information please call 610-683-4550 or visit www.kusummermusicfestival.com

2019 Concert and Workshop Schedule

All concerts and workshops listed below are free and open to the public.

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium
Opening Night
Tenderness and Rage: Beethoven, Force of Nature
Works by Beethoven
Performed by festival faculty

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Georgian Room, Old Main
Salon Artistique
Works by 19th and 20th Century Masters
Performed by festival faculty

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Kutztown Park Bandshell
440 East Main Street
Midsummer Night's Dream
Works by Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Piazzolla
Movie scores: Coco, La La Land and James Bond
Performed by festival students and orchestra
Special guest appearance:
Rosin, The Two Cello Duo, playing pop transcriptions on electric instruments

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium
Style and Substance: Classical Masterpieces
Works by Haydn, Kuhlau, Beethoven, Weber
Performed by festival students

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium
Masterful Melange
Works by Dancla, Brahms, Doppler, Ewazen, Tillmetz
Performed by festival students

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium
Chamber Music Competition
Pre-formed and ad hoc groups will compete for the Grand Chamber Music Prize

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium
Saturday Night Live
Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Gaubert, Reinecke, Brahms, Schumann, Strauss
Performed by festival students

Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium
Grand Finale
A Musical Extravaganza
Works by Mozart, Foote, Rota, Shostakovich
Performed by festival students
The Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Julien Benichou


Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Georgian Room, Old Main
Flute Masterclass
Susanna Loewy: Flutist and Music Entrepreneur

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 4-5 p.m.
Schaeffer 13G
Leadership & Entrepreneurship through Music
Susanna Loewy: Flutist and Music Entrepreneur

Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 3-4 p.m.
Schaeffer 14G
Harmonics and Intonation
A workshop on understanding the harmonic series and principles of piano tuning
Daniel Sponenburg: Concert Piano Technician

Friday, July 12, 2019 from 3-4 p.m.
Schaeffer 13G
The Violin Maker
Principles of Instrument Making and Setup
Peter Yang: Lutheir & Violin Maker
(Mr. Yang will be available throughout the Festival for any necessary repairs and adjustments of instruments)

All programs are subject to change