Geneva Music Festival
The 2019 Geneva Music Festival, May 24 through June 16, celebrates “Women in Music: Key Players.” Featuring the country’s premier chamber artists, GMF’s 9th season presents chamber, jazz, organ and bluegrass music performed in Geneva, Auburn, Skaneateles and Canandaigua. Founded in 2011 by violinist and Geneva native Geoffrey Herd as a weekend of chamber music with fellow Genevans violinist Eliot Heaton and cellist Hannah Collins, today this professional music festival has expanded its programming and scope, presenting 13 concerts with 30 musicians.
This season much of the Festival’s programming represents women’s contributions to music through featured composers or performers, complementing the rich history of women’s rights advocacy in the Finger Lakes. Typically, the Festival has set aside a week to celebrate the influence a particular culture or genre has had on the history of music. This year, we saw a great opportunity to weave the theme throughout the whole season, so we could showcase many of the different ways women have influenced the music world from the 19th c to today.
Patrons will enjoy hearing returning artists Jinjoo Cho, Eric Wong, Clive Greensmith, Esther Park, Michelle Cann, Eliot Heaton, Hannah Collins and organist Ray Nagem from NYC’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. We welcome new faces to our roster- the Verona String Quartet, the all-female classical crossover group ATLYS, violist Kirsten Docter and others. Our special Women in Jazz weekend brings S.O.A.R. - April May Webb and Randall Haywood - to Geneva’s historic jazz venue, Club 86, with a new pre-concert dinner option. We also welcome back to the stage of the beautiful Smith Opera House, Broadway star Syndee Winters with singer and pianist Ann Hampton Callaway performing music by Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, members of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. This season’s bluegrass concert will be headlined by Finger Lakes native Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads performed under the tent at Geneva On The Lake, a Father’s Day family favorite.
Tickets for each concert are $25 and all children 18 and under are welcome to attend for free. For more information about GMF please visit our website: www.genevamusicfestival.com.