The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival (FLCMF) mission is to enhance quality of life in the Finger Lakes area, by fostering an appreciation of music, particularly classical chamber music, and by sponsoring performances by outstanding musicians and educational programs, for adults and children. The Festival is organized as a non-profit 501(3) corporation.
We began when Richard Auldon Clark and Joyce Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards met by chance at the New York State Fair the summer of 2001 and discovered their mutual love of classical music and the Finger Lakes Wine Country. Richard expressed his dream of bringing his Manhattan Chamber Orchestra to the area and Joyce enthusiastically offered her winery as the venue. Solicitation of support followed and the rest is history.
Our Music Director
Richard Auldon Clark, Director of Instrumental Activities at Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts and conductor of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, is one of the youngest conductors ever to appear on the stage of Carnegie Hall. A fervent proponent of American music, Mr. Clark has conducted more than 200 world premiere performances and has 40 CD recordings in his rapidly expanding discography. Recent guest conducting appearances include: the Long Island Philharmonic, Broadway's "Annie Get Your Gun," Long-Island Opera, Mercyhurst Opera Company, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony, "Broadway on Broadway", and the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his conducting, Mr. Clark is an active recitalist, chamber musician, and composer. Originally from Apalachin, NY, Mr. Clark studied violin and viola in New York City with Raphael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne and Lillian Fuchs. Mr. Clark was previously on the faculty of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees.
In 1987, Mr. Clark founded the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and continues to serve as its director and conductor. Hailed by the media as an "extraordinary ensemble of virtuosos," and credited with providing the "definitive versions of forgotten American masterpieces," the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra has been dedicated to innovative, exciting and multi-cultural programming. The MCO has premiered and recorded the music of such diverse composers as William Grant Still, Alec Wilder, Victor Herbert, Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness, Otto Luening, Dominick Argento, Randall Thompson, Eric Ewazen, David Amram and Dave Soldier. The MCO performs music of all genres with a special emphasis on contemporary American music.