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Keuka Lake Music Festival Concert July 25 


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Amy Stuart (l) and Dylan Kennedy will perform at Keuka College July 25 as part of the Keuka Lake Music Festival concert series.

Keuka College will host a performance by members of the Keuka Lake Music Festival Thursday, July 25.

Part of the festival’s 2019 concert series, five members of the Rochester City Ballet will perform with Keuka Lake Music Festival musicians. This special performance, titled “Pipes & Pointe Shoes,” will include Corelli’s La Folia Variations for Violin & Organ, Buxtehude’s Toccata in F Major, BuxWV 156, Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, Widor’s Symphony No. 5 for Organ, V. Toccata, Handel’s Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, HWV 371, Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1 (trans. Roques),Elgar’s Imperial March, Op. 32, and Vitali’s Chaconne in G Minor.

Open to the public, the concert begins at 7 p.m. in the College’s Norton Chapel. Tickets are $20 (free for children and students), and can be purchased at keukamusic.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Members of the Keuka Lake Music Festival performing include Dylan Kennedy (violin) and Oliver Brett (organ). Dancers from the Rochester City Ballet are Amy Stuart, Breena Keefe, Grace Koury, Michael Jurica, and Elizabeth Rodbell.

Mr. Kennedy, a Penn Yan resident and the Keuka Lake Music Festival founder, serves as principal second violin of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Weymouth, Mass. As concertmaster, he has led the New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra in Germany, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. 

Mr. Brett, a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, serves as director of music at St Anne’s RC Church and plays the organ for Christ Church’s Schola Cantorum. As a recitalist, Mr. Brett has performed internationally, and in 2017, was awarded second prize and the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Prize at the Canadian International Organ Competition.

Ms. Stuart, a native of Penn Yan and director of operations of the Keuka Lake Music Festival, joined the Rochester City Ballet in 2015. Her credits include performances in Rite of Spring, Adiemus, Summer of Love, The Nutcracker,and the Ugly Duckling, among other roles. In addition to performing, Ms. Stuart teaches ballet at Performance Plus Dance in Greece, Sea Her Shine in Pittsford, Nazareth College, and the University of Rochester.

Ms. Keefe trained at the Pittsford Dance Studio and the Draper Center for Dance Education. She was a gold medalist in both the contemporary and classical categories at the Indianapolis City Ballet Competition, and she traveled to Peru with the Draper Center Youth Ensemble in 2016 and 2018 to perform with professionals from across the Americas. Her performance credits include roles in the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, andSerenade, among others. 

Ms. Koury, a Pennsylvania native, has been with the Rochester City Ballet for two seasons, and will join the Portland Ballet in Maine for its upcoming season. A featured dancer in the operas La Traviataand The Last Savage, Ms. Kourey trained the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Pacific Northwest Summer Intensive, and the School of American Ballet Summer Intensive, among others.

Mr. Jurica joined the Rochester City Ballet in 2016. He began dancing at age 11, when his interest was piqued with ballroom and breakdance lessons at a recreational dance studio. Five years later, he became more serious about dance, and transferred to the Arts and Communications Magnet Academy, and also began ballet at the Portland Ballet. 

Ms. Rodbell hasperformed at the 51st World Congress of Dance in Athens and attended the ART of Ballet professional Forsythe Program in Berlin, Germany. She teaches Pilates at Midtown Athletic Club, Evolution Pilates, and at the Wellness Program at RIT. She has also taught ballet at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Nazareth College, the Ballet Performance Group at the University of Rochester, and several dance studios in the Rochester area. 

The Keuka Lake Music Festival is dedicated to bringing high-quality classical music to the Finger Lakes region, featuring rising stars performing alongside firmly established musicians. Founded in 2017, the festival is committed to community enrichment and artistic excellence.

Additional concert series performances at Keuka College are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3; Sunday, Aug. 11; and Saturday, Aug. 17. Each concert is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel. Tickets for each performance are $20 (free for children and students). Purchase advance tickets at www.keukamusic.org. Tickets are also available at the door.

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