Classical 91.5

Kevin Kumar

Franz Schubert wrote a real earworm with his lieder, Die Forelle, or The Trout. In fact, it was such a catchy tune that a wealthy patron suggested that perhaps Schubert could create a set of variations with it. And Schubert did--in five different pieces. The first time was Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major nicknamed, of course, the Trout. Rather than the usual line up of piano and string quartet, Schubert shook up the formula a bit, dropping the second violin in favor of a double bass. And it all worked; to this day it's a favorite in the world of chamber music.

The Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival was founded in 2004, with the mission to bring innovative programs to the Canandaigua area in a casual setting--perfect for summer in the Finger Lakes. Their educational shows for kids in the Wood Library are always packed, and the signature Classical Blue Jeans concert, pairing barbecue and an interactive program that ranges from fiddling to more standard fare, is always sold out.

Fifteen years ago, a new summer music series came to the Finger Lakes, and Backstage Pass debuted with it. On the next Backstage Pass, the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival returns to talk about changes made and plans for the future. Original founder Amy Barston is joined by her current co-director Kevin Kumar, pianist Audrey Andrist, and the festival's new Executive Director Gaelen McCormick to chat with host Julia Figueras. There will be music, too, on Friday, July 19 at 1 PM. The show repeats on Sunday, July 21 at 1 PM.