Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival

In its sixteenth year, the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival (FLCMF) once again adds glorious music to the spectacular lake vistas, verdant hills and award-winning wineries near Keuka and Seneca Lakes. Each concert, from June 16 through July 28, is set in a special Finger Lakes location, from wineries to a chapel and a museum. All concerts are under the baton of founding director Richard Auldon Clark who is also the founder of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (MCO).

As well as bringing world-class music and musicians to local audiences closeup and just down the road, Richard Auldon Clark is himself a treasure. He has played viola and violin from Broadway to “Saturday Night Live,” and on several continents, as well as recording more than 50 CDs. Also a prolific composer, ten of Richard’s original compositions have premiered in Carnegie Hall in the last five years. Just before his friend, noted author Kurt Vonnegut, died, he asked Richard if he would compose an opera based on his play “Happy Birthday Wanda June.” Richard happily agreed. The opera opened in Indianapolis (Kurt Vonnegut was a native of Indiana) to a full house in September 2016. Richard’s dream is to bring the opera to New York State, home to Richard and adopted home to Kurt Vonnegut.

Finger Lakes children have come to love Richard for the mini concerts and master classes he brings to schools and camps each year under FLCMF sponsorship. A natural educator, he is also tenured professor at Butler University in Indianapolis in charge of all orchestral activities. 

For the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the 2018 season will include a mix of old and some new, classical and folk, and a sprinkling of surprises maestro Clark has in mind to delight and challenge.