The Mayfest chamber music festival returns to Ithaca from May 20th to 24th
Under the artistic direction of pianists Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken, the music department of the University of Arts and Sciences presents Mayfest, its annual spring festival of world-class chamber music. Mayfest runs May 20-24 and features performances by exceptional guest artists from around the world.
This year’s invited artists include five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw; saxophonist Steven Banks, recent winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant; Guy Braunstein, former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic; Vesselin Gellev, third concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; violist Nikki Divall, a former member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and principal violist of Apollo’s Fire; clarinetist Chen Halevi, a frequent chamber music partner at festivals such as Marlboro and Santa Fe; and flutist Gili Schwarzman, who tours regularly with a chamber music group of the Berlin Philharmonic and performs with numerous European orchestras.
Well-known favorites include cellist Zvi Plesser, who has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, among others; violinist Xiao-Dong Wang of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; and Cornell Senior Lecturer and Artist in Residence, cellist John Haines-Eitzen.
That five days of Maifest concerts offer a range of music, from well-known masterpieces to lesser-explored compositions, highlighting the unique blend of instruments and performers. Tickets are available online or at the box office: full festival passes are available for $100 for adults and $10 for students, or single tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for students and are free for audience members under 18 with an accompanying adult.