Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: Festival Stories
Every summer, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival brings together the world’s finest musicians to offer extraordinary musical performances and experiences. Our “Festival Stories” are short videos which celebrate and preserve the intimate musical dialogue that is unique to chamber music. Taking listeners beyond their seats in the audience, cinematographer Zac Nicholson chronicles the 2022 Festival, its performers and their unique experiences both on and off stage.
Farewell Season Tour
Final Michigan Performance
Three Unique Concerts
June 20, 22, 24, 2023
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Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a remarkably varied and distinguished career as concerto soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He is the artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and in 2019, he was appointed Professor of Cello at the Yale School of Music.
He regularly appears as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Recent concerto highlights include a BBC Proms appearance performing the world premiere of his brother Huw Watkins’ Cello Concerto and a tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink.
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Where Great Music Comes to Play
Every summer, the heart of the Great Lakes is witness to an extraordinary cultural phenomenon.
A bold international musical event where the world’s most celebrated artists gather to perform chamber music.
Their passion and artistry move us to collectively experience the fullest range and depth of
emotion with every crescendo, turn of the page, and stroke of the bow.
Chamber music at its best – Fresh. Dynamic. Soul-stirring.
The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.
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Latest Past Events
Prelude to 2023 Saturday, June 25 at 10 p.m. | Seligman Performing Arts Center Non-Subscription Event Join Artistic Director Paul...
CLOSING NIGHT: The Song of the Earth Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. | Seligman Performing Arts Center ARTISTS |...
More Travels in the Soundscape Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. | Detroit Institute of Arts Non-subscription Eligible ARTISTS |...
2022 Festival: June 10-25 | Thank you!
From the sound of the first pitch to the triumphant finale, you were there with us from start to finish. Without you, there is no Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support, applause, and shared love of our craft. We can’t wait to see you at the 2023 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival!
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