Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck

Joy Rhine

Suggestions from players, dream lists compiled the year before, and plenty of research go into designing programs for the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, says Drew Le, co-artistic director and pianist on the upcoming "Brahms & Co." program this Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm at the Saugatuck Woman's Club. He'll be joined by his wife and co-artistic director Jennifer Walvoord and cellist Alicia Eppinga to play the program's centerpiece, the Trio in B major Op 8 by Johannes Brahms. There are two obscure but worthy pieces by Brahms' contemporaries, Carl Reinecke and Heinrich von Herzogenberg, which round out the program. 


Trey Jones

Works for groups of four, five, and six players promise an escalating evening of music on Thursday and Friday at the Saugatuck Woman's Club. Cara Lieurance talked with the one musician who will be a part of all three groups: oboist Sarah Southard of Hope College, who is looking forward to appearing on the 31st season of the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck


Dario Acosta

The Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck returns for its 31st season with concerts by the renowned Tesla Quartet on Thursday and Friday. Violinist Ross Snyder spoke with Cara Lieurance about the quartet's debut album (which will be released in September), and about the special works planned for the festival. They include Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18/3, the String Quartet No. 1 in C major by Karol Szymanowski, Arvo Pärt's Fratres, and the String Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass.

Music begins at 7:30 pm July 5 and 6 at the Saugatuck Woman's Club.


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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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