Important 2020 Notice

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time. The challenges facing us are real. Yet challenging moments remind us of what is important. At the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, we are grateful to have you as a member of our family.

Following the difficult announcement to postpone the June 13-28, 2020 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, we went to work to ensure our relevance during a pandemic and remained engaged with our audience. Daily social media posts, weekly emails and monthly newsletters mailed to homes helped us maintain communication with cherished Festival family.

The “Visions & Revisions” theme of the 2020 Festival, encompassing artists and repertoire to the extent possible, is now planned to form the basis for the June 2021 Festival, essentially delaying the current Festival program by one year.

For 2020, starting in June, we presented three highly successful “Virtual Vignettes” which are posted on this website under “Watch & Listen.” Each of these Vignettes offers a short concert followed by conversation, so that our supporters can enjoy the music and camaraderie of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival safely from home. Three more of those one-hour virtual programs are being scheduled through the Fall months.

We held a major eight-concert virtual Festival over five days, August 26-30. In addition, a live, outdoor performance of Sila: The Breath of the World by John Luther Adams was held August 29, in collaboration with Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. Some of these performances are available to re-watch on our YouTube channel


While society is on pause, our human desire to gather together and experience the art of live music continues to inspire. We are focused on bringing you high-quality virtual chamber music for the remainder of 2020, but we are exploring all options for sharing live music in 2021.

During these trying times, your generosity will help us more than ever to ensure the arts remain strong and intact with an optimistic future. Please consider making a contribution today. Your gift will enable great chamber music to return to our community when it is safe. When it finally does, we hope you will come and join us.

Thank you for being part of our Festival family.

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

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