Violinist and Kneisel Hall Director Smukler to speak

SOUTHWEST HARBORThe director of a Blue Hill-based chamber music school and festival will give a presentation about the organization Saturday, July 28, at 1:30 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Library.

The Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival began in 1902 when Franz Kneisel, founder of the first professional string quartet in America, began bringing students to his Maine vacation home for summer study.

Laurie Smukler was named artistic director at Kneisel Hall in December 2016 following the death of pianist and conductor Seymour Lipkin. Smukler will speak about the organization’s mission and introduce current students who will give informal performances.

Smukler is a violinist who is active as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. She serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Conservatory of Music at Bard College. She has been involved with Kneisel Hall since 1997.

She also has a particular interest in contemporary music and has premiered works by many composers including Ned Rorem, Richard Wernick, Morton Subotnik, Steven Paulus, Shulamit Ran and Bruce Adolphe.

Contact the library at 244-7065.

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