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Summer Festivals Part II - Chamber Music In The U.S.A.

Find out who is playing where this summer as we continue our series on summer festivals - this time, chamber music in the U.S. with Anna Heflin!
There’s simply nothing better than playing chamber music at a summer festival. Attending a festival allows you to delve into a work and collaborate with people who you may have never even met before. Our HELLO STAGE members are quite busy this summer and in this post we will focus on five different chamber music festivals where you can find them.

Here is a fun photo from the students of Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival 2014 - find Anna if you can!

The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival is a personal favorite of mine because I came here during the summers of 2013 and 2014. It’s a lovely chamber music festival in Burlington that structures 4 hours of practice time and chamber music rehearsals into your day to ensure that you make a lot of progress and develop good practicing habits. Irina Muresanu is on the faculty at GMCMF and played the Mendelssohn String Quartet No.1 in their Artist Faculty Series on July 6th!

After going to school at UCSB I can safely say that Santa Barbara is one of the best places to spend a summer. If you live in the greater Los Angeles area I would recommend heading up to SB for a day to catch a masterclass or concert at Music Academy of the West and then grabbing Los Agaves. Glenn Dicterow will be giving a violin masterclass on July 19th and the Takács Quartet will be giving a chamber music masterclass on July 21st. If you’re at the festival then take note that Nils Neubert is on faculty as the German Coach!

Kim Kashkashian performed Schumann with fellows at Ravinia’s Steans Institute on July 2nd and it was free to the public! If you are in Chicago you should go to as many concerts here as you can. All 2pm concerts are free featuring incredibly talented musicians and great music!

The Norfolk Chamber Music Session at the Yale School of Music just began and has many HELLO STAGE members on their faculty! The Emerson String Quartet will be giving a concert here on August 6 featuring works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra is also performing on August 27. Composer Juliana Hall and Pianist Ilya Polataev are also at Norfolk as faculty members.

The Bowdoin International Music Festival kicks of the season with the 2016 theme of Re-Invention. Sergiu Schwartz reinvents the typical performance space by performing Meditation from Thaïs and a piece by Bloch on their Music at the Museum concert on July 21st. You can find Boris Slutsky on the piano faculty here this summer.

Los-Angeles native Anna Heflin is a classical violist who is passionate about contemporary music. Anna holds a Bachelor of Music and a minor in art history from UCSB, where she studied with Helen Callus and graduated with honors. She is currently studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she is pursuing her Masters of Music. At SFCM she is studying with Jodi Levitz while working with MaryClare Brzytwa and David Garner. Anna has a passion for contemporary music and composes works for herself in addition to premiering works. She enjoys incorporating electronics into her compositions and has experience working with Max/MSP and Ableton Live. This summer she is attending New Music On The Point and interning for HELLO STAGE in Vienna! When she’s not playing music you can find her drinking coffee, doing yoga or exploring.
Author: Anna Heflin
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