AUGUST 3 - 13, 2017

The White Lake Chamber Music Festival Announces a Stunning 8th Season!

Performances by the legendary Avalon String Quartet will be among the many highlights of this year’s White Lake Chamber Music Festival to be held August 3-13, 2017. Now in its eighth year, the Arts Council of White Lake’s festival will present exceptional performances and events held throughout the White Lake area of Montague and Whitehall. Most events are free.

From August 3 -13, local, national, and international performers will come together in the White Lake area. The Chicago based Avalon String Quartet returns as our Resident String Quartet, but with a new and added surprise; a special performance with Chicago clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya performing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115! Grand Rapids performers, Andrew Le - piano, and Jenny Walvoord - violin, joined by Alicia Eppinga – cello, and much more will be presented.

Acclaimed trumpet artists and pedagogues, Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer, will join organist Thomas Wikman for a concert that has been performed by this trio world-wide!

Youth programming will be expanded this year to include four events;

1. The popular educational concert at the White Lake Community Library featuring Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra’s Bill Vits, percussionist

2. An opportunity for young musicians to perform

3. A children’s concert at the Arts Council of White Lake’s Nuveen Center featuring educator and cellist, Erin Wang.

4. A performance by the top three winners of the Young Artists College Solo Competition, giving the community a glimpse into Michigan’s top talent from the state’s universities and colleges.

A "Music with Friends" concert will be held on Friday, August 4 at the beautiful home of the VanderHagens. Wine, cheese, and desserts will be served between musical sets. Performing will be William Watson, tenor: Traci Watson, mezzo-soprano; Teresa Kang, piano. Tickets are $40.

Two performances will be presented by the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” Defined by limitless imagination, the ensemble engages curiosity to create unexpected connections with artistic collaborators and audiences of all types, breathing life into repertoire both established and emerging. Over the last decade, the ensemble has engaged theater groups, visual artists, animators, living composers, astronomers, folk musicians and corporate innovators through transformative cross-media performance experiences for audiences of every type.

The Festival Chamber Orchestra has become one of the festival’s favorites! On Friday, August 11, Bach and other Baroque composers will be showcased in this program at the United Methodist Church of Montague at 7:30 p.m.

Free Salon Concerts are among the many highlights of the week. Great talent will be featured daily at 4:30 p.m. at the Book Nook and Java Shop. Guest artists include a cello duo – Avalon’s Cheng-Hou Lee and his wife, Anna Sanders Lee; 4 Hand Piano, Bryan Uecker & Steve Thielman; 5th House Ensemble, and much more.


"Music with Friends"


​Friday June 23, 2017

David Hall, marimba

Home of

Harold & Barbara 


  • Exquisite hors d'oeuvres
  • Fine wines and desserts
  • Proceeds benefit the Festival

A limited number of tickets are available in advance at the Book Nook & Java Shop (8744 Ferry St. Montague, 231-894-5333), the ACWL at the Nuveen Center (106 E. Colby St., Whitehall, 231-893-2524), or on-line at artswhitelake.org.


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​Discover or rediscover the classics! Be inspired and awed by our stellar artists who will play their hearts out for you!


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