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.

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EMERSON QUARTET

Farewell Season Tour
Final Michigan Performance

Three Unique Concerts
June 20, 22, 24, 2023 Seligman Performing
Arts Center, Michigan

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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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Closing Night Reception: Prelude to 2023

Seligman Performing Arts Center 22305 West Thirteen Mile Rd., Beverly Hills

Prelude to 2023 Saturday, June 25 at 10 p.m. | Seligman Performing Arts Center Non-Subscription Event Join Artistic Director Paul Watkins for a sneak peek of next season's programming at...

CLOSING NIGHT: The Song of the Earth

Seligman Performing Arts Center 22305 West Thirteen Mile Rd., Beverly Hills

CLOSING NIGHT: The Song of the Earth Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. | Seligman Performing Arts Center ARTISTS | Ran Dank, Soyeon Kate Lee, Paul Watkins, Philip Setzer, Hannah...

More Travels in the Soundscape

Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

More Travels in the Soundscape Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. | Detroit Institute of Arts Non-subscription Eligible ARTISTS | Pelia String Quartet, F-PLUS BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 8 in...

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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