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Music festival returns for 13th season

May 08, 2019 - 00:00
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    Robin Kessleman, the Houston Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassist, is one of several performers slated to take part in the thirteenth annual Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival.

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FAYETTEVILLE--The Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival returns each year to entertain audiences in the intimate surroundings of the more than 100-year-old Moravian Room at the Grand Fayette Hotel. Again this year, extraordinary musicians from around the United States and Europe come to Fayetteville for the two-week Festival, to rehearse, to perform, to meet the crowds, and to enjoy this serene rural town.

There is no experience quite like this 6-concert Festival. Returning to the Festival this year are Håkan Rosengren, clarinetist and the Festival’s artistic director, violinists Bonnie Terry and Nick Tavani (from the Aeolus String Quartet), cellist Bion Tsang, and pianist Péter Nagy. Both local-favorite Rick Rowley and violist Jonah Sirota (from the Chiara Quartet who performed at the first Festival), return this year. And, joining the festival for the first time are violist Caitlin Lynch and Anders Kilström, a pianist from Sweden.

The Festival begins on Friday evening, May 10, with the Festival’s traditional Czech Music Night featuring music by Czech composers Antonín Dvo›ák and František Kramá›. On Saturday May 11, the 3 p.m. matinee features all Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart music followed by an 8 p.m. evening performance of Johannes Brahms selections.

The following Friday, May 17, the 8 p.m. evening performance is the Festival’s yearly Concert of German Music, with works by German composers Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Bruch and Johannes Brahms.

Once again this year the receptions, rehearsals and pre-concert talks are open to the public. And once again Fayetteville Chamber Music will be taking its visiting artists to local schools to perform and teach. In past seasons, the artists have visited schools in Brenham, Columbus, Fayetteville, Industry, La Grange, Round Top, Schulenburg, and Weimar.

Individual tickets for this year’s Festival range from $15-$25 and are available online at, by email at, or by calling 979-966-8251.