The festival will include concerts, master classes, an intimate concert, a college solo competition, happy-hour recitals, afternoon tea recitals and children’s concerts.
Professional groups will include the Fidelis String Quartet, composed of members of the Houston Symphony; The Helix Collective, a returning favorite from last year that will perform three world premieres commissioned for the festival; The Chiaroscuro Trio, a performance group composed of faculty members of the University of South Carolina; Lake Effect Saxophone Ensemble; and Italian pianist Aldo de Vero, who will return to play a four-hand piano recital with Bryan Uecker.
An addition to this year’s lineup is the solo competition for college music majors. An audition was held this spring and 10 finalists were selected to represent the music schools of Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University to perform their pieces before an audience and judges.
Children’s events will include a concert and instrument petting zoo and a children’s recital.
A “Music with Friends” concert will be held at Anne and Allan Dake’s home on White Lake on Monday, Aug. 8, featuring the Chiaroscuro Trio and The Helix Collective. Wine, cheese and desserts will be served between musical sets. A limited number of tickets are available at the Book Nook and the Arts Council of White Lake.
All but the intimate concert at the Dakes and the opening evening concert with the Fidelis String Quartet from Houston at the Howmet are free to the public. The cost of the festival will be funded through private donations by a group called Friends of the Festival.