The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lyra Music Festival 2019 | Tenth Anniversary Festival!

Lyra Music Festival 2019
 10th Anniversary Festival!

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The Lyra Music Festival is an outstanding series of summer classical music events bringing together world class musicians, outstanding young string players and pianists and an exceptional faculty of professional musicians and educators for concerts, masterclasses and outreach performances. Join us in July to celebrate our Tenth Anniversary with more Amazing Music than ever!

Lyra Music Festival 2019

Tenth Anniversary Guest Artists

The Horszowski Trio
Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concert
July 18, 2019
Jesse Mills, violin | Raman Ramakrishnan, cello | Rieko Aizawa, piano

Hailed by The New York Times as “impressive, lithe, persuasive,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom. In the four-year period following their debut performance at Rockefeller University in NYC in December 2011, they were booked for almost 200 concerts in the U.S. and tours of Japan and India. They have continued their successful rise in the chamber music world, earning the praise of critics and audiences alike. The New Yorker has called them "the most compelling American group to come on the scene." The trio will return to Asia for another tour in the Fall of 2018, and they will make their European debut in 2019, including a performance at London's Wigmore Hall. Based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Ayano Ninomiya, violin | July 13, 2019
in recital with pianist, Pei-Shan Lee
Praised by The New York Times as "deeply communicative and engrossing," violinist Ayano Ninomiya is committed to creating invigorating live performance experiences from concert stages to private homes and public schools. The Boston Globe wrote that, "A note from her was never just a note...Whatever project she takes on next, it is sure to be worth a listen." She has won numerous awards, including the Naumburg International Violin Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, and the Young Performer’s Career Advancement Award (APAP). As a recording artist, Ayano has released a variety of albums including a solo album of works for violin by Larry Bell and more recently, three albums as the first violinist of the Ying Quartet.

Fei-Fei Dong, piano | July 20, 2019
Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), pianist Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News), both in the US and internationally, including her native China. Fei-Fei was showcased prominently as a Cliburn finalist in the documentary film, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn Competition, which premiered on PBS in August 2015, and she has also been featured numerous times on New York’s WQXR radio.

Astrid Schween, cello | July 21, 2019
New York born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. In 2016, she joined the Juilliard String Quartet, succeeding her esteemed colleague Joel Krosnick, and became a member of the Juilliard Cello Faculty. In addition to her work with the JSQ, Ms. Schween remains active as a soloist, appearing this season in Boston, Oakland, Memphis, the International Cello Institute, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and with the Boulder Philharmonic, performing the Elgar concerto. An active juror and panelist, she has been featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on “Living the Classical Life,” NPR, The Violin Channel, CelloBello, and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress. Following her solo cello album, "Rhapsody," Ms. Schween's current recording project covers the major Romantic cello sonatas with pianist Michael Gurt.

Lyra Music Festival 2019
Calendar of Events 
All ticketed events will be held at Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA

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July 11, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Lyra Faculty Artists in Concert: An Intimate Evening of Chamber Music
Peter Rovit, violin | Yari Bond, cello | Francisco Monero, piano

July 13, 2019 | 1:00 PM                                             
Violin Masterclass with Ayano Ninomiya
(with advanced violinists from the Lyra Music Workshop)                   
July 13, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Ayano Ninomiya, Violin with Pianist Pei-Shan Lee

July 18, 2019 | 1:30 PM
Chamber Music Masterclass with the Horszowski Trio
(with advanced chamber ensembles from the Lyra Music Workshop)

July 18, 2019 | 7:30 PM                               
The Horszowski Trio
Jesse Mills, violin | Raman Ramakrishnan, cello | Rieko Aizawa, piano
July 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM                                             
Piano Masterclass with Fei-Fei Dong
(with advanced pianists from the Lyra Music Workshop)

July 20, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Fei-Fei Dong, Piano

July 21, 2019 | 10:30 AM
Cello Masterclass with Astrid Schween
(with advanced cellists from the Lyra Music Workshop)

July 21, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Astrid Schween, Cello

July 27, 2019 | 1:00 PM
Lyra Music Student Gala Concert
An exceptional program of solo and chamber repertoire performed by Lyra Music Workshop’s outstanding young musicians, this concert is the celebratory culmination of 3 weeks of intensive, conservatory-style, classical music training. Young musicians at their brightest – Come and Be Inspired!

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