Announcing our Virtual Concert Series!

We're still here for you!


We're not letting Covid 19 stop us from continuing to bring you beautiful classical music! We're pleased to announce our new virtual concert series for all to enjoy FREE! On the first Sunday of each month, we'll be featuring the artists who were originally scheduled to perform so you don't miss a thing!

This Month's Featured Artist

Tessa Lark, violinist

Violinist Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time, consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance. In 2020 she was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category and received one of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Emerging Artist Awards: the special Hunt Family Award.  She has been awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant and she was a winner of the prestigious the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition in 2012.  A budding superstar in the classical realm, she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky, delighting audiences with programming that includes Appalachian and bluegrass music and inspiring composers to write for her.
Tessa has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.  In 2012 her piano trio, the Namirovsky-Lark-Pae Trio was awarded one of the top prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and in 2020 the ensemble’s debut recording was honored with the German Record Critics’ Award in the Chamber Music category.  Tessa’s musical collaborators have included Mitsuko Uchida and Itzhak Perlman, among many others.
Tessa plays a ca. 1600 G.P. Maggini violin on loan from an anonymous donor through the Stradivari Society of Chicago, and thus joins a parade of musicians coming to Brookings who will be playing historic instruments.
Tessa was scheduled to perform in Brookings before being canceled because of the pandemic, but she is looking forward to being here on July 31, 2022.  Her concert will include some spectacular bluegrass fiddlin’ along with the classical selections, so bring along those friends of yours who have classical music hesitancy.  They can come for the fiddlin’, and stay for the classical.
And now, enjoy this virtual concert!

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First, we'll meet Tessa at a recording session for one of her CD's:
Had Tessa come to Brookings as originally scheduled, she was planning to treat us to an Ysaye sonata:
Tessa promised us some bluegrass! Here she plays (and sings!) with her Dad:
Friends of Music firstdiscovered Tessa playing in a remote canyon in Utah at the Moab Music Festival
Also on the program for Brookings was this audience favorite by Ravel:
Finally, we'll leave you wanting more!
We can't wait to host her here live in Brookings on July 31, 2022. That's a mighty long way off, so write yourself a reminder now! This is a concert you won't want to miss!