Weeklong Chamber Music Fest Returns To Athens

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An intensive one-week chamber music festival inspired by the spirit of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will take place Aug. 6 through Aug 11 in Athens, Ohio.

The Mozart on the Green Festival and Academy will host renowned musicians from around the continent to teach young musicians during the day and present world-class chamber music concerts at night.

The evening performances will be hour-long casual concerts, hosted nightly in several different Athens locations for audiences of all ages.

The festival is the creation of Steven Huang, director of Orchestral Activities at Ohio University. Upon learning about Huang’s desire to start such a festival, Michael Carrera, associate professor of Cello at Ohio University, suggested that his own nonprofit, the Juniper Music Festival, could help to make Huang’s dream a reality.

The Juniper Music Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing classical music to smaller or underserved communities and the pairing seemed natural.

As a result of the generous support from Juniper and local businesses and citizens, world-class musicians will join OU faculty artists to teach Academy students and present community performances.

The guest artists include former faculty William Averill, collaborative piano and faculty at Texas Tech University; Canadian violist Esme Allen-Creighton, University of Delaware; Athenian Christina McGann, international solo violinist; Dwight Parry, oboist with the Cincinnati Symphony; and Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello and baroque cello, Grand Valley State University.

Music will include at least one work by (or inspired by) Mozart each night, complemented by works from the 17th to 20th centuries.

All performances are free and open to the public and will culminate with the Festival Academy student performance on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Glidden Recital Hall.

For details, visit http://www.outreach.ohio.edu/mozart/.