The joy of live music finally returned to the White Lake area after a one-year hiatus brought on by the pandemic. From August 3rd through the 8th, the White Lake Chamber Music Festival presented an exceptional lineup of concerts and events. Excellent programming, world-class artists, and inspiring classical music performances took place outdoors at the White Lake Golf Course pavilion.
The Chicago-based and world-renowned Avalon String Quartet returned as the festival’s quartet-in-residence. Performances by the group, which have been described as “…deeply musical and sheerly gorgeous”, were the cornerstone of the festival. The quartet presented three concerts on August 3rd, 5th, and 7th, including an all-Beethoven concert, a performance of the Schubert Cello Quintet with cellist Marina Hoover, and the Dvorak String Quartet Op. 51 in Eb Major “The Slavonic”.
The Detroit Symphony Trio performed on August 4th, featuring flutist Jeff Zook; Sheryl Hwangbo, violin; and David Ledoux, cello. They presented works by Haydn, Godard, Vivaldi, Faure, Girtain, and others.
Rounding out the shortened schedule was an August 6th performance by the DePaul Trombone Quartet, featuring internationally acclaimed soloist and Chicago Symphony Bass Trombonist Charlie Vernon.
An Austrian-themed Gala Dinner/cookout completed the festival on August 8th at the pavilion with artist Michael Schaeffer, accordion.
While this past summer’s schedule was shortened from the typical 10-day festival, we are joyful to once again have heard the world’s greatest music, live and wonderfully played, in the White Lake area. This, combined with the soft summer weather, beaches, and spectacular sunsets, is why the White Lake Chamber Music Festival remains a beloved vacation destination for an ever-growing audience, near and far.
The 2022 Chamber Music Festival promises to be even better, as we return to a full schedule of events. Stay tuned for details as they become available.