Sunday, July 7 at 4:00 PM – ROCHESTER – After thirty years as Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Cynthia Huard will perform her final concert on Sunday, July 7 at 4:00 PM at the Federated Church. She will be accompanied by newly appointed Artistic Director, violinist Adda Kridler, violinist Mary Rowell, and cellist Ani Kalajian. A longtime advocate of collaborative music-making, Cynthia Huard will continue to perform and hopefully return to the RCMS as a guest artist.

The RCMS Summer Series began 30 years ago after two regular concert artists played for friends and gatherings in Rochester. The friends encouraged then-violinists Marguerite Schenkman and Cynthia Huard to share their music more often and in larger venues. Under Huard’s direction, and now a summer favorite for many, the RCMS Summer Series draws audiences from Montpelier to Woodstock and many towns in Addison and Rutland counties.

This concert is a versatile program and opens the Green Mountain Suzuki week. Works by Bach, Nico Muhly, Khachaturian, Carolyn Shaw and Fauré will be performed.

Pianist Cynthia Huard has appeared as a soloist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Aston Magna Early Music Festival, and has given recitals as a pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and Europe.

As Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s summer series for 30 years, she has performed with the Lark Quartet, the Johannes Quartet, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and with chamber musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony, and the Colorado, Utah, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras. Her recent premieres include works by Nico Muhly, Padma Newsome, and commissions from Erik Nielsen and Thomas L. Read.

Huard received academic degrees from Indiana University and the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

Adda Kridler regularly records and performs for film, television and recording artists; she has toured nationally with Adele, appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “Saturday Night Live”, recorded film scores for Ryuichi Sakamoto, and appeared on screen in Succession and Maestro.

She is a member of the Vitamin String Quartet collective and has appeared in numerous Broadway productions and cast albums, including “Hamilton,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Beetlejuice,” and “The Great Gatsby.” Adda is thrilled to join RCMS as Artistic Director for the 2025 season, and even more thrilled to have found her second musical family in the Rochester community.

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