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August 16, 2012

Chamber Music Festival crossing lake for performance

PLATTSBURGH — Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival artistic director and violinist Soovin Kim vowed to have a Plattsburgh date and, this year, he pulled it off.

“For this current festival, we really made sure to put time aside to find an appropriate public venue,” Soovin said. “We were hoping to repeat the Sunday program at Elley-Long (Music Center at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.). We’re repeating much of that program, but we were not able to get the piano over to Plattsburgh. There are logistical issues like that. We still have to move the harpsichord and shuttle all the musicians over. I’m just happy we will finally be able to do this.”

Beginning Saturday, the nine-day festival is book-ended with master classes by aspiring artists and festival musicians — Kim, Sophie Shao (cello), Tara Helen O’Connor (flute) and Ellen Hwangbo (piano) — at Elley-Long Music Center. 

The festival’s “Concert One” on Sunday showcases Bach’s virtuosic side with the “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050.” Gabriella Smith, a young composer, pays homage to Bach in the world premiere “Bradenburg Interstices.” Shubert’s “Trout Piano Quintet” concludes the concert and features O’Connor, Kim, Hye-Jin Kim (violin), Burchard Tang (viola), Shao, Evan Premo (double bass) and Hwangbo. 

On Monday, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival relocates to Plattsburgh.

In the Blessed John XXIII College Community Newman Center, the audience can hear an echo of Sunday’s concert with Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5,” “Ricercar a 6” from “Musical Offering” and Smith’s “Brandenburg Interstices.” The differences are David Ludwig’s “Flute Sonata No. 2 Canzoniere for flute and string quartet” and Erno Dohnanyi’s “Serenade for string trio, op. 10.”

“The Sunday and Monday concerts are world premieres,” Soovin said. “It’s exciting for the performers as well. We feel we’re giving birth to this new creation of work that we hope will be around for a while. Gabriella (Smith) is still a student at the Curtis Institute, where I went to school. We know that she’s a very talented composer, and that is why we chose her. She was one of the participants in our Young Composer’s seminar two years ago.”

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