If you've been coming to the Festival in recent years, you'll be happy to hear the beautiful voice of Lucy Dhegrae again. Lucy says "I’m really looking forward to LJ’s piece “Way Down Yonder”... I met LJ last summer [In St. Louis] and we got along so well, so it’s really nice to get an opportunity to know his music better!"
Violinist J Freivogel returns to his home town from Philadelphia, where he is based with the award winning Jasper String Quartet (Who will be performing at the 560 Music Center in February)
J says "I'm excited to play everything, especially Shostakovich Quartet No. 8 and the Blues movement form Ravel Violin Sonata. Shostakovich expresses his circumstances profoundly in his 8th Quartet and performing and experiencing this piece is moving. Ravel is also so much fun, who wouldn't want to play a Blues movement on the violin?"
Festival Pianist, Daniel Pesca returns to wow us again. He says: "The Thursday night program is sure to be a toe-tapping good time, full of catchy melodies and dance rhythms—but, I must admit, I am looking forward to the Saturday evening program even more. Shawn Jaeger is an old friend of mine, and it will be a profound pleasure to bring his gorgeous music to St. Louis in collaboration with Lucy. I also play a sizable solo on Saturday: Rzewski's quirky, virtuosic, and ultimately moving set of variations on Mayn Yingele."
St. Louis based clarinetist Dana Hotle says, "I can't wait to bring to life Der Golem. It's such an incredibly expressive and fun piece. Composer Betty Olivero did an amazing job capturing the essence and energy of Klezmer music and translates it perfectly for clarinet and string quartet"