1999 Festival Season
August 26 - September 5
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Token Creek Festival, and we celebrate the occasion with music of brilliance and panache! We also celebrate the sixtieth birthday of John Harbison, not with the conventional concert devoted exclusively to his music, but rather by including works of composers for whom he has singular affection, especially J.S. Bach. It is our very good fortune to have among us a living composer, to remind us that art, to remain vibrant, must be renewed. We will weave some of John's works throughout the Festival programs, and have invited some special guests to join us--artists who have been champions of John's music and superb advocates for music both new and old. Benita Valente needs no introduction as one of the world's leading sopranos both in opera and chamber music. The Lydian Quartet has championed and commissioned Harbison's works throughout their career, and Daniel Stepner, an ardent proponent of original instrument performance, brings special insight to the Bach concert. Among the distinguished and loyal core of artists who grace the festival each year is Robert D. Levin, who will open the season with a recital of Bach's last three English Suites. The series concludes with two great chamber works by Schumann and Brahms--music of uncommon beauty and revelation. We invite you to join us for this special anniversary season.
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