Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival: Celebrating the Return of Live Concerts | Vermont Arts


Violinist Soovin Kim and pianist Gloria Chien, artistic directors of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, like most other musicians, are returning to the stage after a year-long hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They recently had a chance to get used to performing live again ahead of their Vermont festival, Aug. 21-29, with four weeks of gigs at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, where they also serve as artistic directors.

“In fact, even before what the performance was, the first rehearsal was shocking,” Kim said. “Our first rehearsal was with the ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), and we were doing Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto (in D minor for piano, violin and strings). And having so many sounds all around you all at once was so overwhelming – both jarring and so complicated to hear your sound in the middle of it all.


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