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The Avalon String Quartet Residency is made possible in part by a grant from the White Lake Community Fund of the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival brings great music to the charming towns of Montague and Whitehall, nestled on the shores of scenic White Lake, connecting to Lake Michigan.
We invite you to experience the White Lake Chamber Music Festival and explore the quaint downtown shopping districts, family-friendly parks, and extensive bike trails of this beautiful vacation paradise
2019 Festival details - click here.
The White Lake Chamber Music Festival had a stunning 10-year anniversary Season!
From August 2 to 11, this year’s White Lake Chamber Music Festival presented exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake area of Montague and Whitehall. The Chicago based, world-renowned Avalon String Quartet returned to the White Lake area for the 10th annual White Lake Chamber Music Festival. This quartet, described as “…deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous”, is the cornerstone of the Festival, presenting 3 concerts, a children’s concert, open rehearsals, and community outreach. Having established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles, The Avalon String Quartet continues astonishing audiences across the nation with their performances.
Local, national, and international performers came together in the White Lake area during this 10-day festival. Virtuoso violinist James Buswell was joined by touring and recording artist, cellist Carol Ou and New England Conservatory pianist Andrew Goodridge. They performed a trio concert featuring Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano Trio and Brahms’s Piano Trio in B major, Op.8.
The Festival opened with a spectacular brass concert featuring the Gaudete Brass Quintet. Special presentations were made by local officials in honor of the 10th anniversary.
The Detroit Symphony Trio explored repertoire from classical to modern on Monday, August 5. Flutist Jeffery Zook, violinist, Sheryl Hwangbo and cellist David Ledoux debut at the White Lake Chamber Music festival performing music by Devienne, Piazolla, Edgar Girtan and others.
Youth programming was expanded this year to include more events:
• The popular educational concert at the White Lake Community Library featuring members of the Avalon String
• An opportunity for young musicians to perform
• A children’s concert at the Montague Public Library featuring educator and cellist Erin Wang
• A performance by the top three winners of the Young Artists College Solo Competition, giving the community a
glimpse into Michigan’s top talent from the state’s universities and colleges.
A 10th anniversary highly anticipated pre-celebration, "Sunset Serenade" concert, was held on Friday, June 21, at the beautiful home of Harold and Barbara Wheaton. Detroit Symphony flutist Jeff Zook and Oakland University guitarist Bret Hoag performed.
A brilliant piano recital on August 6 featured Andrea Swan, Chicago’s own well-known chamber musician, collaborative pianist, orchestral keyboard player, soloist and teacher.
The Festival Chamber Orchestra has become one of the festival’s audience favorites. On Friday, August 9 Baroque composers was showcased in this program at the Montague United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m.
Salon Concerts are among the many highlights of the week. Talented musicians were featured daily at 4:30 p.m. at the Book Nook and Java Shop. Guest artists include William Watson, tenor and Tracy Watson, soprano (Sat.); Cello duo - Michael Carrera and Pablo Mahave-Veglia (Mon.); 4 Hand Piano - Bryan Uecker and Steve Thielman plus flutist Don Bailey(Tues.); Solo Competition winners (Wed.); Vireo Trio - violinist Michelle Valllier, cellist Erin Wang, and pianist Bryan Uecker (Thur.); Classical Guitar Duo - Brian Morris and Jonathon Marshall (Fri.); and the John Varineau Woodwind Ensemble (Sat.).
The Festival is truly a unique, collaborative, community event. In only 10 years, nearly 200 concerts, in addition to recitals, master classes, youth concerts, the Young Artist Solo Competition, and open rehearsals have been held. The White Lake area is increasingly becoming known for presenting the best in classical music. Audiences continue to grow and come from greater distances, making the Festival and our area a vacation destination.