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June 23-July 28: 32nd Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival

FREDERICK, Md.—A music festival featuring Hood College faculty and guest artists will span five Thursdays in June and July.

The 32nd Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival will begin June 23 and run through July 28. Each concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hood’s Brodbeck Music Hall, which is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.

The festival was founded by Noel Lester, now-professor emeritus at Hood College, and he has managed and performed in the series every year. Due to health issues, he has had to step back, and this summer's festival is being presented in his honor.

The Appalachian Wind Quintet will kick off the festival with a concert June 23. Each of the quintet’s members has a rich knowledge of musical styles and vast experience with orchestral and chamber music repertoire. Formed in 1987, the group is known for its musicianship and programming and has performed a great variety of concerts in the Mid-Atlantic region.

A celebration of Stephen Foster’s music is scheduled for June 30, featuring soprano Marie Lester, mezzo-soprano Kate Jackman, tenor Joe Regan, baritone Eric Black, guitarist Billy Simms, flutist Barbara Spicher and pianist Stefan Petrov. Foster is known as “the father of American music,” having written more than 200 songs.

No concert will be presented on July 7 due to the Independence Day holiday.

The July 14 Sidney Silverman Young Artists Concert will feature nine accomplished students from Hood’s preparatory department: pianists Jinghan Sun, David Timonera and Kevin Lin; violinists Keiko Luke and Caleb Luke; flutist Maddie Hurwitz; clarinetist Anushka Singhai; and cellist Evelyn Yelm. Hood alumnus Justin Furnia will provide piano accompaniment. The Phyllis and Ardine Gorden String Concert July 21 will feature the Aeolus String Quartet. Violinists Nicholas Tavaniand and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Winners of national and international awards, the quartet has performed across North America, Europe and Asia.

The festival will conclude July 28 with a night of music by composer Cole Porter, performed by the Kevin Lewis Jazz Ensemble and guest vocalist Marie Lester. Lewis performs regularly throughout the region in various musical groups and has opened for Maynard Ferguson and performed with Arturo Sandoval and Charles McNeil. He is the director of the Hood Jazz Ensemble and is also the music director at Frederick High School, where he directs the band, choral and orchestral ensembles.

For more information, contact Wayne L. Wold at or 301-696-3782.

For details about the Appalachian Wind Quintet, click here.

For details about the Stephen Foster concert, click here.

For details about the Sidney Silverman Young Artists, click here.

For details about the Phyllis and Ardine Gorden String Concert, click here.

For details about the Cole Porter Songbook concert, click here.