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Classical music news: Green Lake Festival of Music names a new executive director and will host pianist Eric Zuber and the Amelia Piano Trio this week. | July 6, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

The Green Lake Festival of Music has just named Jeffrey P. Harkins as its new Executive Director. Harkins, a Wisconsin native who comes from Michigan, will take over this September.

Meanwhile, the festival continues its summer offerings this weekend with two promising concerts.

Prize-winning pianist Eric Zuber (below) will make his Wisconsin debut at the Green Lake Festival of Music this Thursday night, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thrasher Opera House.

The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 10, No. 3 in D Major’ three Preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Op. 32, No. 10; Op. 32, No. 12; and  Op. 23, No. 2); Robert Schumann’s “Scenes of Childhood” (Kinderscenen), Op. 15; and Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor.

Here is an excerpt of a press release: “Since 2006, Zuber has competed in many prestigious international piano competitions and has been voted to the finals in every single one — a remarkable feat of consistency.   Winner of the 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and most recently, a fourth place finish in the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Eric Zuber is a musician of remarkable emotional intensity and is recognized as one of the leading young American pianists of his generation.”

There is a pre-concert conversation at 6:45 p.m.

For more information about Zuber, including a biography, driving directions and ticket reservations, visit:

http://www.greenlakefestival.org/ericzuber.htm

Also, this Saturday, July 9, the Amelia Piano Trio (below) will return to perform a surprise program at the Green Lake Festival. It too is at the Thrasher Opera House at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m.

Here is an excerpt of a press release: “On Saturday, a favorite every year, the Amelia Piano Trio and Friends will perform at a very special concert at Thrasher Opera House at 7:30 p.m.  The Amelia Trio has grown into one of the finest and most sought after piano trios in the U.S, performing in such renowned venues as the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall and the Ravinia and Bravo! Vail music festivals, as well as being heard coast to coast on NPR’s Performance Today.  The pieces being performed at this concert are secret and there will be a pleasant surprise for the audience and retiring executive director Jeannette Kreston. “

For more information about the America Piano Trio, visit:

http://www.greenlakefestival.org/amelia-pianotrio.htm

For more about the festival’s new Executive Diorector, visit this link:

http://www.greenlakefestival.org/pdfdocuments/05-30-11JeffreyHarkinswPhoto.pdf

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