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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lyra Music Festival at Smith College July 2nd-22nd


Lyra Music Festival, a classical music festival in residence at Smith College, July 2nd- 22nd, Northampton, MA. Lyra Music Festival

“Lyra does it beautifully.” -- Alexandra Keller, Director of Film and Media Studies, Smith College

“The concerts by artists of international stature were just thrilling.” -- Grant Moss, Senior Lecturer in Music, Smith College

“Stupendous in quality!” -- Eleanor Wakin, Northampton Resident

Lyra Music is a non-profit classical music organization directed by Akiko Sasaki and Rachel Odo that combines a world-class music festival with a nurturing, conservatory-style summer music program for young pianists and string players. The 8th Annual Lyra Music Festival offers participants and the community an exciting chance to hear and work with some of the most compelling classical music talents of our time. Lyra Music is grateful to the Northampton Arts Council, Mu Phi Epsilon, the Seligman Foundation and all of the private donors who make it possible to bring classical music to life everywhere.

Lyra Music 2017 Guest Artists: Alexi Kenney, violin; Spencer Myer, piano; and Deborah Pae, cello. All events take place at Earle Recital Hall in Sage Hall at Smith College (unless otherwise noted). For a full listing of events and for tickets: Lyra Music Event Calendar and Tickets

July 7 | 1:30 PM | Violin Master Class with Alexi Kenney

Hear Lyra Music Workshop’s outstanding young violinists perform excerpts from the repertoire and get an intimate look at the process of training and development as they work with Mr. Kenney, Lyra Music Festival Guest Artist and recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

July 7 | 7:30 PM | Guest Artist Recital, Alexi Kenney, Violin

“A talent to watch”, Alexi Kenney, recipient of a 2016 Avery Fischer Career Grant brings a solo violin recital of works by Bach, Ysaye, Enescu and conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, to the Lyra Music Festival Stage.


July 9 | 10:00 AM | Piano Master Class with Spencer Myer

Mr. Myer works with the talented young musicians of the Lyra Music Workshop on classical piano repertoire. Enjoy outstanding live young artist performance and experience the training process.

July 9 | 4:00 PM | Guest Artist Recital, Spencer Myer, Piano

Lauded for his “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship”, pianist Spencer Myer joins the Lyra Music Festival with a wonderfully diverse program including: Haydn, Chopin, Ravel and Bolcom’s Four Rags.

July 14 | 1:30 PM | Cello Master Class with Deborah Pae

Join us for Lyra Music Workshop cellists in Master Class with Guest Artist, cellist, Deborah Pae. Hear their performances and watch as Ms. Pae shares the legacy of classical music with this new generation.

July 14 | 7:30 PM | Guest Artist Recital, Deborah Pae, Cello

An evening of Beethoven, Brahms, de Falla and Mumford with Lyra Music Guest Artist, cellist, Deborah Pae. “Exceptionally gifted” and “breathtaking”, Ms. Pae will be performing with Lyra Music Faculty collaborative pianist, Vanessa May-lok Lee.

July 16 | 3:00 PM | Lyra Music Faculty Concert

Lasting Impressions: Celebrating France’s 19th and 20th Century Composers

An afternoon of chamber and solo works by Debussy, Franck, Vieuxtemps and Francaix.

Lyra Music Faculty Artists: Ye-Jin Han, Julia Kang, Nathaniel LaNasa, Vanessa May-lok Lee, Peter Rovit and Lyra Music Artistic Director Akiko Sasaki.

July 20 | 2:30 PM | Lyra Music Young Artist Spotlight Concert at the Eric Carle Museum

Join us for a "just-right" concert performed by kids for kids as the talented musicians from Lyra Music Workshop's Young Artist Program, Lyra Workshop Core Curriculum and the Lyra Music Faculty perform Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals. This family-friendly concert includes a video installation incorporating the beautiful work of children’s book artist, Eric Carle, and will be followed by an instrument petting zoo with Stamell Stringed Instruments – try a violin, viola or cello for yourself!

July 22 | 1:00 PM | Lyra Student Gala Concert

An exceptional program of solo and chamber repertoire performed by Lyra Music Workshop’s talented young musicians.

Lyra Music Festival Events and Tickets

Tickets purchased in advance, online, provide access to the reserved seating section.

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