From August 3 to 13, this year’s White Lake Chamber Music Festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake area of Montague and Whitehall. Concerts given by the legendary Avalon String Quartet will, again, be among the many highlights. Now in its eighth year, the Arts Council of White Lake’s Music Festival presents most events free to our community.
Local, national, and international performers will come together in the White Lake area during this 10-day festival. The Chicago-based Avalon String Quartet returns as our Resident String Quartet, but with a new and added surprise - a special performance with Chicago clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya performing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115. Holland performers Andrew Le, piano; Jenny Walvoord, violin; and Alicia Eppinga, cello; and many more will delight audiences!
Acclaimed trumpet artists and teachers, Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, will join organist Thomas Wikman for a concert that has been performed by this trio world-wide!
Youth programming will be expanded this year to include four events:
• The popular educational concert at the White Lake Community Library featuring Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra’s Bill Vits, percussionist
• An opportunity for young musicians to perform
• A children’s concert at the Arts Council of White Lake’s Nuveen Center featuring educator and cellist, Erin Wang.
• A performance by the top three winners of the Young Artists College Solo Competition, giving the community a glimpse into Michigan’s top talent from the state’s universities and colleges.
A "Music with Friends" concert will be held on Friday, August 4, at the beautiful home of Gary and Linda VanderHagen. Wine, cheese, and desserts will be served between musical sets. Performing will be William Watson, tenor; Tracy Watson, mezzo-soprano; and Teresa Kang, piano. Tickets are $40.
Two performances will be presented by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.”
A concert by the Festival Chamber Orchestra has become one of the festival’s favorites. On Friday, August 11, Bach and other Baroque composers will be showcased in this program at the Montague United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m.
Free Salon Concerts are among the many highlights of the week. Great talent will be featured daily at 4:30 p.m. at the Book Nook and Java Shop. Guest artists include a cello duo, Avalon’s Cheng-Hou Lee and his wife, Anna Sanders Lee; 4 Hand Piano, Bryan Uecker and Steve Thielman; 5th House Ensemble; and much more.
The Festival is truly a unique, collaborative, community event. Local churches and businesses continue to take part and graciously host performances. In only seven years, nearly 200 concerts, recitals, master classes, youth concerts, and open rehearsals have been held. Audiences continue to grow and come from greater distances, making the Festival and our area a vacation destination.
For a schedule of this year’s delightful Festival’s events, please visit whitelakechambermusicfestival.com or call 231-329-3056 for more information.