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Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival Slated for July 8-14

by Kutztown University

Jun 21, 2019
Kutztown University

KUTZTOWN, PA – The Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival will be held July 8-14, 2019. Participants and faculty will perform concerts each evening July 8-12, with a closing concert on July 14, at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s Festival will present seven varied programs that highlight the development and evolution of music as an art form. The Festival kicks off on Monday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium with an exciting and dramatic performance in commemoration of Beethoven’s upcoming 250th birthday. Kurt Nikkanen, Maria Asteriadou and Daniel Gaisford will give the rage, passion and tenderness of Beethoven’s monumental contribution to the evolution of music from the classical era and beyond.

On Tuesday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Georgian Room, Old Main, the Festival’s faculty will present “Salon Artistique,” a musical journey around the world that showcases the creation of diverse musical styles of works by composers from 19th-century onward.

The rest of the week will present a diverse, talented and dedicated group of young musicians who will assemble this summer at Kutztown University to work, interact and perform chamber music in a wide variety of styles and instrumental combinations.

For more information please call 610-683-4550 or visit

2019 Concert and Workshop Schedule

All concerts and workshops listed below are free and open to the public.

Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Opening Night

Tenderness and Rage: Beethoven, Force of Nature

Works by Beethoven

Performed by festival faculty

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Georgian Room, Old Main

Salon Artistique

Works by 19th and 20th Century Masters

Performed by festival faculty

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Kutztown Park Bandshell

440 East Main Street

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Works by Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Piazzolla

Movie scores: Coco, La La Land and James Bond

Performed by festival students and orchestra

Special guest appearance:

Rosin, The Two Cello Duo, playing pop transcriptions on electric instruments

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Style and Substance: Classical Masterpieces

Works by Haydn, Kuhlau, Beethoven, Weber

Performed by festival students

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Masterful Melange

Works by Dancla, Brahms, Doppler, Ewazen, Tillmetz

Performed by festival students

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Chamber Music Competition

Pre-formed and ad hoc groups will compete for the Grand Chamber Music Prize

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Saturday Night Live

Works by Haydn, Beethoven, Gaubert, Reinecke, Brahms, Schumann, Strauss

Performed by festival students

Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Schaeffer Auditorium

Grand Finale

A Musical Extravaganza

Works by Mozart, Foote, Rota, Shostakovich

Performed by festival students

The Festival Orchestra

Conductor: Julien Benichou


Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Georgian Room, Old Main

Flute Masterclass

Susanna Loewy: Flutist and Music Entrepreneur

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 4-5 p.m.

Schaeffer 13G

Leadership & Entrepreneurship through Music

Susanna Loewy: Flutist and Music Entrepreneur

Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 3-4 p.m.

Schaeffer 14G

Harmonics and Intonation

A workshop on understanding the harmonic series and principles of piano tuning

Daniel Sponenburg: Concert Piano Technician

Friday, July 12, 2019 from 3-4 p.m.

Schaeffer 13G

The Violin Maker

Principles of Instrument Making and Setup

Peter Yang: Luthier & Violin Maker

(Mr. Yang will be available throughout the Festival for any necessary repairs and adjustments of instruments)

All programs are subject to change

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