Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

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The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck comes to a close this week with Schubert's expansive Octet in F for clarinet, horn, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello and bass, plus pieces by Mozart and Jan Bach. Grand Rapids Symphony horn player Paul Austin tells Cara Lieurance about his personal connection to the Octet and Schubert's music.

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Martha Guth is one of Michigan's best-kept-secrets of singing. Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she moved to Michigan in recent years to be close to family, bringing with her a wealth of performing experience. From the tenderest of art songs to the most thundering oratorios, she has won admiration internationally for her performances. Guth previewed her upcoming Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck recitals with Cara Lieurance, revealing how she discovered the scope of her voice, and why she prefers to perform an evening of art song over a role in an opera.

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Drew Le, pianist and co-director of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck with his wife, violinist Jennifer Walvoord, says that for the 30th season of the festival, they stuck to their successful combination of concerts featuring west Michigan musicians, with two exceptions - the New York-based Claremont Trio and Chicago-based Kontras Quartet. Some quaint traditions, such as cash-only admission, linger as well. Free admission for students with ID on Fridays is a new feature.

The 30th season of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck continues this week with a serenade by Dohnanyi, Mozart's Horn Quintet, and a string quintet by Brahms, played by a variety west Michigan classical artists. Arturo Ziraldo, principal violist of the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, will serve as violist in all three works on the program. He previewed the music on the program with Cara Lieurance.

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Violinist Eric Tanner of the Perugino Quartet estimates he's been performing at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck for around 17 of its 29 years.  In the final concert of the season, his quartet will be doubled by additional players to perform the String Octet In F major Op 17, by Niels Gade. It's an exciting find for musicians who relish string octets.