Lake George Music Festival Presents Concert and Workshops

Posted on 2/13/2015 11:47:33 AM

IUP piano faculty member Jacob Ertl will join other Lake George Music Festival musicians—Colin Sorgi, Lauren Rausch, Yumi Oshima, and Arlen Hlusko—for a guest artist and faculty concert on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall.

Other festival events include a chamber music workshop with piano majors open to all on Tuesday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. in Cogswell Hall, room 120; and a Q/A forum on music careers and master class on Tuesday, February 17, at 5:00 p.m. in Cogswell, room 116. All events are free and open to the public.

A recently established initiative, Lake George Music Festival On Tour introduces the festival and its musicians to a variety of communities both nationally and internationally. Providing valuable touring experience to emerging LGMF professionals, the programs feature integrated combinations of standard and unknown chamber repertoire, as well as new classical music.

The program for this concert includes the piano quintets of Brahms and Korngold. Performers are Colin Sorgi and Lauren Rausch on violin, Yumi Oshima on viola, Arlen Hlusko on cello, and Jacob Ertl on piano.

Set in the summer resort community of Lake George, New York and surrounded by the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains and the shoreline of beautiful Lake George itself, the Lake George Music Festival is a collaborative artist retreat for emerging young professionals. The festival’s fifth-anniversary season will be held August 17–27, 2015.

Musicians attend solely as a way to advance intellectually, artistically, and professionally; working closely together in a tight-knit community and nurturing atmosphere while performing daily open rehearsals, live public concerts, and outreach events in this picturesque “end of summer finale.” The repertoire performed at the festival is selected from requests submitted by participating musicians.

As a performance and community-based festival, LGMF bridges the gap between faculty and students. There are no teachers or students, private lessons, master classes, or organized studios. Rather, a unique roster of distinguished artists and young musicians at the cusp of their professional careers collaborate together in chamber music ensembles, a full orchestral setting, and innovative outreach programs and concerts. Informal social gatherings from boat cruises to hiking trips occur daily where participants bond with colleagues of past and present.

Since its conception, the Lake George Music Festival has brought together professionals, current students or faculty, and alumni from many prestigious institutions, including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the symphonies of Atlanta, Charlotte, Richmond, Kansas City, New World, Dallas, Boise, Detroit, and San Antonio; the Pittsburgh Oper;, the Ying Quartet; Astral Artists; Young Concert Artists; and nearly every music conservatory in the nation, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music. Live festival recordings have been featured on a variety of radio programs, including NPR’s Performance Today.

For a full 10 days, the public can attend this series of live chamber music and orchestra concerts, children’s concerts, open rehearsals, pre-performance workshops, and various outreach events. All events are offered free of charge to spectators.

The festival is a 501c3 not-fot-profit organization and relies on annual contributions and grants to balance its budget.

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