The Honest Brook Music Festival 2024 Season

The Honest Brook Music Festival is back in the Catskill Mountains for another summer session! 

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Hosted in a converted dairy barn, this annual festival has become a fixture of the classical music scene in Delaware County and the surrounding area for the past 34 years. The festival offers a unique opportunity for audience members to meet world-class musicians in a laid back environment with an absolutely stunning backdrop. During intermission, audience members are encouraged to enjoy refreshments in the perennial garden. This one-of-a-kind festival season runs for four weekends beginning Saturday, July 13th and ending Sunday, August 11th.

 

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On Saturday, July 13th at 4pm, Honest Brook Music Festival welcomes The Ulysses Quartet.

The Ulysses Quartet has been praised for their “textural versatility,” “grave beauty” and “the kind of chemistry many quartets long for, but rarely achieve” (The Strad), as well as their “avid enthusiasm … [with] chops to back up their passion” (San Diego Story), “delivered with a blend of exuberance and polished artistry” (The Buffalo News). 

Founded in the summer of 2015, The quartet’s members hail from Canada, the United States and Taiwan. They have performed in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall, the Harbin Grand Theatre, Jordan Hall and the Taiwan National Recital Hall. Ulysses recently released their debut album, “Shades of Romani Folklore,” on the Navona label. The quartet also has two new collaborative albums out: “Sea Change Quartets” by Grammy-nominated composer Joseph Summer, and “A Giant Beside You” with guitarist Benjamin Verdery. The Ulysses Quartet believes intensely in the power of music to inspire, enlighten and bring people together.

 

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Second in the festival line up, on Saturday, July 20th at 4pm, is cellist James Baik and pianist Albert Cano Smit

Cellist James Baik has been described as “an undeniable authority,” and possesses “a real warmth emerging in lyricism… and displays mixture of sonic mastery and interiority,” by Belgian newspaper Le Soir, after his astounding performance at the 2021 Queen Elisabeth competition. Recently, James was a finalist at the 2019 Stulberg International String Competition and would go on to receive the first prize at the prestigious Irving M. Klein International Competition. He made his debut solo appearance in 2015 with the Houston Civic Symphony Orchestra and the Clear Lake Symphony in Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1. In 2018, James won the DePaul Concerto Competition, reached the finals at the Johansen International Competition in Washington D.C and Baik rounded the year by being named a YoungArts finalist, participated at YoungArts Week in Miami and awarded the grand prize at the Walgreens National Competition, resulting in a performance of the Schumann Cello Concerto with conductor Dr. Allen Dennis at Northwestern University.

Spanish/Dutch pianist Albert Cano Smit won First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as The Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize for support of his Kennedy Center debut, the Friends of Music Concert Prize (NY), and the Sunday Musicale Prize (NJ). He also won First Prize at the 2017 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition, which presented him in recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Cano Smit currently studies with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School.

 

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On Sunday, August 4th at 4pm, the Champlain Trio will take the stage.

It’s been said that out of adversity comes opportunity, and out of the COVID-19 pandemic the Champlain Trio was formed. Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist Emily Taubl and pianist Hiromi Fukuda each call Vermont home and with concerts, tours and festivals being put on hold, the spring of 2020 brought the unique opportunity to come together as an ensemble.

All three musicians earned degrees from The Juilliard School among others and hold positions in the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Amherst College, and the University of Vermont. With a shared passion for chamber music and supporting the arts in Vermont, the trio created a documentary film project in 2020 entitled “Empty Stages”, with the goal of drawing attention to the many amazing concert venues across the state and to show how COVID-19 has impacted the arts. The documentary aired on Vermont PBS in June of 2021.

In 2022, the trio was awarded a Vermont Arts Council Grant to record the Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic’s Piano Trio, Op. 29. The album is now out and can be found on all major streaming platforms. The trio continues to expand their active performing schedule in addition to forming chamber music programs for students across Vermont. For a full list of concerts and programs, please visit their schedule.

 

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Rounding out the festival, on Sunday, August 11th at 4pm, is Pianist Nathan Lee

Pianist Nathan Lee is an artist who connects with his audiences by sharing a depth of musical expression well beyond his years. He was recently honored with the special Tabor Foundation Award at the 2019 Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. Mr. Lee has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Buffalo Philharmonic on NPR’s From the Top, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río in Mexico, and the Daejeon Philharmonic in Korea.

Mrs. Lee began playing the piano at the age of six and made his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He is from the Seattle area, where he studied with Sasha Starcevich. Mr. Lee has also worked with Craig Sheppard, and regularly works with YCA alumni Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Ilana Vered. He recently graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he was a student of Robert McDonald.

 

We cannot wait to see you at The Honest Brook Music Festival.

Directions to The Honest Brook Music Festival

The Barn is located at
1885 Honest Brook Road
Delhi, NY 13753

It is 1.9 miles up Honest Brook Road if you are coming from Route 28 between Delhi and Meridal, NY

For further information of travel assistance email hbmf@aol.com or call (607) 746-3770.