Mintze Wu, the founder and driving creative force behind the Sounds of Lyons Music Festival (not to mention a pretty fair fiddle player), is back in town for the fifth annual festival to be performed this weekend. Wu invites the commaunity to please come join her and a stellar mix of world-renowned musicians for the special edition of Sounds of Lyons Season Five on June 14 through 16! With buoyant creativity
and the spirit of exploring they will present three extraordinary productions, each with its own powerful content in an intimate setting, brought to you by a stellar mix of musicians.
On Friday evening, June 14, (8 p.m., at Rogers Hall) and Saturday afternoon, June 15, (2 p.m., also at Rogers Hall) it will be “Carmen Fantasy” based on the beloved opera fused with gypsy fiddling and Tom Waits to depict the Carmen within all of us that is seductive, fearless, passionate, and rule breaking. You don’t want to miss this extraordinarily eclectic performance.
Saturday night, June 15, (8 p.m., at Rogers Hall) “The Kiss” is a rhapsodic interplay between the music of Ravel, Szymanowski, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla, and the visual interpretation of an imaginary story inspired by Klimt’s famous painting, “The Kiss.”
Sunday’s offering (June 16, at 8 p.m., at the Lyons Community Church), “Passage” is a journey (with violin, viola, and cello) into the music of former Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke, and a world that was filled with despairing conflicts and relentless hope.
Tickets for each performance are $20. Seating is limited, so get the tickets early, available online at www.soundsoflyons.com, at Lyons ReRuns, The Stone Cup & Kitchen Cafe, or at the door. Continuing a much loved tradition of Sounds of Lyons, there will also be two free concerts taking place next to the river in Bohn Park on Sunday morning. The first at 10 a.m., titled “Music on Canvas,” is geared toward kids, but everyone is welcome. The second, at 11 a.m., is titled “Music on the River.” Come join the evocative, exhilarating, and mesmerizing experiences at Sounds of Lyons! For more information please go to www.soundsoflyons.com.