|Lutenist Deborah Fox of Pegasus Early Music will join this year's Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival at Finger Lakes Community College. She'll be joined by soprano Laura Heimes.|
Pegasus Early Music will perform pieces by lutenist and composer John Dowland at the Friday, July 15 concert in FLCC’s Student Center Auditorium. It’s a festival debut for the ensemble, which performs a series of concerts showcasing music from the medieval to romantic era on period instruments.
Lutenist Deborah Fox will be joined by soprano Laura Heimes. Their LakeMusic program includes the light-hearted “Fine Knacks for Ladies,” the love commentaries “Come Again” and “I Must Complain” and the darker toned “Sorrow Stay,” among others.
“Each song is a gem, a mixture of poetry and melody,” said Fox, who serves as the ensemble’s artistic director. “They vary greatly in mood and affect, and the texts reveal the courtly rhetoric of the times as well as the full emotional range of human experience.”
Also taking the stage opening night is revered pianist Jon Nakamatsu, who took part in LakeMusic during its 2014 season. He’ll perform Schubert’s “Four Impromptus Opus 90.”
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. It is the first of the festival’s four centerpiece concerts held at FLCC. Subsequent shows are planned as follows:
Sunday, July 17: “Jon Nakamatsu and Friends” features Nakamatsu on piano with co-artistic directors Kevin Kumar on violin and Amy Sue Barston on cello for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. The Finger Lakes Camerata, directed by FLCC adjunct music instructor Dennis Maxfield, will also take the stage.
Friday, July 22: “Giants of the Romantic Era” features Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major for piano and violin as well as Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor.
Sunday, July 24: “Season Finale – Audrey Andrist and Friends” is named for its centerpiece, pianist Andrist, who is back for her third season with the festival.
“Master Key” tickets for all four FLCC shows are $100 for general admission and $160 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $10 for students and $28 for general admission.
Additional free “pop-up” concerts are planned in Canandaigua for Monday, July 18, at 1 p.m. at Ferris Hills at West Lake; Tuesday, July 19, at noon at Wegmans, and then at 3:30 p.m. at Canandaigua Inn on the Lake; and on Thursday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Wood Library.
The festival’s annual Classical Blue Jeans concert at Bristol Harbour Resort in South Bristol is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. The casual concert will feature a wide range, from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Edgar “Yip” Harburg and Harold Arlen. Tickets, which include a barbecue dinner with the artists, are $50 for general admission, $30 for students under 18 or with a college ID, and $25 for children under 12.
Launched in 2005, LakeMusic began as a series of concerts in area churches. In 2012 festival organizers partnered with FLCC and relocated the festival’s four formal main performances to the auditorium in the college’s Student Center. LakeMusic’s organizers strive to make chamber music accessible to those who may have had little exposure. From the stage, musicians introduce themselves and each piece, explaining why it was selected and offering background on the composer.