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MC Chamber Music Festival’s 17th season underway

August 8, 2018

MICHIGAN CITY – The 17th season of the Michigan City Chamber Music Festival is under way, with several concerts scheduled through Sunday with the theme “The American Music Experience.”

The festival “highlights the roots and strengths of American music, according to festival board member Liz Burnham.

All concerts take place at 1st Presbyterian Church in Michigan City, except for a special children’s matinee at the Michigan City Public Library. All concerts are free to attend, including “formal” recitals and “Concerts for Children.”

“American music is defined by the incredible efforts of our immigrant musicians throughout the centuries,” Nic Orbovich, artistic director, violinist, and co-founder of the MCCMF said. “This season, we will explore the influences of important foreign-born composers like Antonin Dvorak, Erich Korngold, Paul Hindemith, and the children of immigrants like Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, who celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth this year!”

The remainder of the schedule includes:

• “The Immigrant Song” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, featuring works by Prokofiev, Korngold, Hindemith and Dvorak.

• Concert for Children at 6 p.m. Thursday, featuring “Rhythm and groove!” with the musical focus on Dvorak’s “Dumky Trio,” and Hindemith’s “Trio for hecklephone, Viola and Piano.” This evening will be made even more accessible to the young by words from the musicians, active responses, dancing, and a rousing game of musical chairs. The night will include projects and pizza!

• “Happy Birthday Lenny: A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday with a Salute to American Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring works for string quartet, soprano and piano trio, clarinet sonata and a medley of songs.

• “Children Play for Children” at noon on Saturday at the Michigan City Public Library. The special Saturday concert features youthful performers from the Summer Choral Camp, the studio of Nic Orbovich, and music students from other teachers in the Michigan City area.

• “Americana” at 3 p.m. Sunday is the grand finale, featuring a collaboration between the MCCMF and New Hope Gospel Choir in a premiere of arrangements of spiritual songs by Beyoncé, John Legend and others by the MCCMF’s Rudolf Haken; plus Copland’s “Poems of Emily Dickinson” excerpts; and Dvorak’s American string quartet, and

For more information, visit mccmf.org or call (219) 561-1939.

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