Italian Street Painting
Fountain Square area, Downtown Lancaster
9:00AM • Fee required
Registration fee to paint due by July 19. Call the Festival office at (740) 653-8700 for supplies and to register. Painting starts on July 19 and finishes in time for ArtWalk at 6pm on July 21.
The Drowsy Lads
12:00 pm • FREE EVENT
Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “we dare you to hold still” Irish dance tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs. They’ve won the affections of audiences ranging from casual music-lovers to those steeped in hardcore tradition.
The Lads are fond of creating their own spirited arrangements and offering occasional original compositions, and even mixing in some bits of Bluegrass or Classical. But these never get in the way of their obsession with the pure old musicality of traditional Irish tunes and songs.
Orchestra Member Spotlight
3:00pm • Tickets $20
Mozart’s elegant Trio in E-flat for strings and Ibert’s sassy Three Brief Pieces headline a program of classic chamber music.
PLEASE NOTE: You are purchasing a ticket to a reserved table, not a specific seat. Seat numbers are only to track tickets sold.
6:00-9:00pm • FREE EVENT
Main Street will be closed to traffic, but open for fun and frolic as thousands congregate for the ever popular ArtWalk. Dozens of businesses and galleries will be open to display the creative work of local and regional artists, all the while music flows from Zane Square and beyond, food vendors and even the Columbus Zoo! It will be the makings for a most festive evening.
and the Howlin’ Moons
6:00pm • FREE EVENT
Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons is an American rock band from Columbus, Ohio, formed in 2009 with singer/guitarist Angela Perley, guitarist Chris Connor and bass player Billy Zehnal. With their unique sound and well-crafted lyrics, Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons are one of the most exciting indie bands in the country.
After finding success with local shows, the band began performing nationally and has played at music festivals alongside well-known names such as Merle Haggard, The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Randy Newman and Gillian Welch. Perley has also been featured on The Womack Family Band's track, "Way It Is." The band has also won Columbus Alive’s “Best Local Band” in 2015 and 2016.
Masterpieces for Guitar
First United Methodist Church
9:00 pm • Tickets $10
Mak Grgic, classical guitar and members of the Lancaster Festival Orchestra
Guitar virtuoso Mak Grgic performs a program of beautiful works for guitar solo and guitar accompanied by flute and string quartet that are an alluring mix of classical, jazz and Spanish selections. The perfect late evening treat following the ArtWalk.
Mak Grgic has been called a “gifted young guitarist” by The New York Times, (Vivien Schweitzer), and Classics Today’s Jed Distler proclaimed that “Mak Grgic’s abundant, yet tasteful guitar virtuosity leaves a powerful impression…” His premiere at The National Gallery of Art elicited the following comments from Stephen Brookes on behalf of The Washington Post: “Weiss’s Passacaglia in D Major was a “high point of the evening” offering “a superb, finely detailed reading that showed Grgic is a guitarist to keep an eye on.” “He turned in a beautiful account of Weiss’s six-movement “L’Infidel” suite, exploring its contrasts and fascinating twists and turns — from the deeply personal Sarabande to the slow-gathering power of the Paisanne — with real intelligence. It was a treat to hear the Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic spotlight two rarely heard works by Weiss in a fine performance of Renaissance and Baroque music on Sunday night at the National Gallery of Art.”
Mak has been awarded first prize at the Guitar Competition “Luigi Mozzani” in Italy and has been honored with highest prizes at: the Andres Segovia International Competition for young guitarists in Velbert, Germany, the Forum Gitarre Wien International Competition in Vienna, Austria, the International Guitar Competition in Arrenzano, Italy, the Anna Amalia Competition for young guitarists in Weimar, Germany, the International Guitarart Festival and Competition in Belgrade, Serbia and the European Classical Guitar Competition “Enrico Mercatali” in Italy.
Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he studied guitar in Zagreb with the revered Ante Cagalj at the Elly Basic Conservatory of Music and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with Alvaro Pierri at the Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. At the moment he is pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the USC Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He is also a teaching assistant at USC under the direction of Brian Head. His charitable activities include fundraising for Bosnian children with financial issues, including a recent recital in Zenica, BIH, where funds were raised for a local orphanage. Mak currently plays Antonius Müller, 2009, a MC Jose Ramirez, 1966, and a double top guitar made by Slovenia’s brilliant luthier Samo Sali.