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Celebrating Chamber Music: White Lake Chamber Music Society’s Annual Festival

Montague, MI – White Lake Chamber Music Society’s Annual Festival aims to enrich the cultural landscape of the White Lake area through live classical music performances and educational programs. Over the years, WLCMS has become a cornerstone of the community, offering world-class concerts, master classes, and outreach initiatives. Its 15th annual Chamber Music Festival, is set to take place from August 2nd to August 10th, 2024. This year’s festival promises to be a captivating celebration of classical music, featuring an impressive lineup of performances, educational events, and community activities.

Festival Highlights

Special Events for Young People and Families:

The festival kicks off with a series of special events designed to engage young audiences and families. On Saturday, August 3rd, the festival presents the “Family Concert” at 7:00 p.m. featuring Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns, preceded by an Instrument Petting Zoo at 6:00 p.m. at Ferry Memorial Church, 8637 Old Channel Trail, Montague. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to interact with and learn about different musical instruments.

Another highlight is the “Youth Concert” on Tuesday, August 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at the White Lake Community Library, 3900 W White Lake Dr. This educational event will feature a special performance by cellist Erin Wang, providing young audiences with an engaging and informative musical experience.

On Wednesday, August 7th, at 7:00 p.m., the “Family Concert” will showcase Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev and Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas at Ferry Memorial Church, ensuring a captivating evening for all attendees.

Full Festival Schedule:

The festival officially begins on Friday, August 2nd, with a piano recital titled “4-Hand Piano” featuring Bryan Uecker and Steve Thielman at 4:00 p.m. at the Book Nook & Java Shop, 8744 Ferry St., Montague.

The evening continues with a concert, “Ah, Schubert!” at 7:00 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, 8945 Stebbins, Montague.

Throughout the week, attendees can enjoy a variety of performances, including:

  • Saturday, August 3rd:
    • 4:00 p.m. – “Dulcimer Diversions” at Book Nook & Java Shop
    • 7:00 p.m. – “Carnival of the Animals” family concert at Ferry Memorial Church.
  • Monday, August 5th:
    • 4:00 p.m. – A student recital at Book Nook & Java Shop,
    • 7:00 p.m. – “A Unique Potpourri” at St. James Lutheran Church.
  • Tuesday, August 6th:
    • 4:00 p.m. – Violin duos recital at Book Nook & Java Shop,
    • 7:00 p.m. – Open rehearsal of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet at St. James Lutheran Church.
  • Wednesday, August 7th:
    • 4:00 p.m. – “Music and Letters by Clara and Robert Schumann” recital at Book Nook & Java Shop.
    • 7:00 p.m. – “Enchanting Musical Stories” family concert at Ferry Memorial.
  • Thursday, August 8th:
    • 4:00 p.m. – Clarinet and piano recital at Book Nook & Java Shop,
    • 7:00 p.m. – Open rehearsal of Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 at St. James Lutheran Church.
  • Friday, August 9th:
    • 4:00 p.m. – A lecture on “Dvořák and Tchaikovsky: Melodies That Touch You Forever” at Book Nook & Java Shop.
    • 7:00 p.m. – “Gifts of Melody” concert featuring Mozart and Dvořák at St. James Lutheran Church.
  • Saturday, August 10th:
    • 7:00 p.m. – The festival culminates with a concert titled “The Heart & Soul of Russia” at St. James Lutheran Church
    • 9:00 p.m. – Cabaret night “Broadway Comes to White Lake” at Book Nook & Java Shop.

Tickets and Information

Tickets for the festival are available at the Book Nook & Java Shop and online at ( For more information about the festival and the White Lake Chamber Music Society, visit (

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