7/20/18 • FRIDAY

Italian Street Painting

Fountain Square area, Downtown Lancaster
9:00AM • Fee required

Registration fee to paint due by July 18. Call Art & Clay on Main (740) 653-1755 (150 W. Main St) for supplies and to register. Painting starts on July 18 and finishes in time for ArtWalk at 6pm on July 20.


Museum on the Move

Fairfield County District Library, Lancaster


The Drowsy Lads

Zane Square
12:00 pm • FREE EVENT


We kick off the Festival noon concerts with the return of a rousing blend of traditional Irish tunes and songs.  Listen to Celtic sound and unusual flourishes with a variety of instruments from bodhrans to uilleann pipes.  The Lads bring to the stage an array of their own arrangements, an occasional original composition, and even bits of Bluegrass and Classical.


Café concert #1: Classics Alive with Sybarite5

Lancaster Country Club
3:00pm • Tickets $20


PLEASE NOTE: You are purchasing a ticket to a reserved table, not a specific seat. Seat numbers are only to track tickets sold.

“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” 

That is how the Sarasota Herald Tribune described SYBARITE5, the first group of its kind to win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the U.S., forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.

From the moment their bows hit the strings, this quintet of talented, diverse musicians takes the audience on an exciting ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules.


Dubbed the “Millennial Kronos,” SYBARITE5’s eclectic repertoire from Bowie to Radiohead and Akiho to Assad combined with its commanding performance style is turning heads throughout the music world. The quintet’s debut album, Disturb the Silence, quickly reached the top ten on the Billboard charts. The group’s follow-up album, Everything in its Right Place, was released at Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. SYBARITE5 recently completed its latest album, Outliers, featuring all new works from American composers. It will be available in the 2017-2018 season.

With their dynamic view on 21st-century entrepreneurial musicianship, the group has conducted their Evolution of an Entrepreneur residencies and workshops at major institutions and conservatories including the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. SYBARITE5 was the ensemble for the 2016 American Composers Forum National Competition at (le) poisson rouge and maintains a residency at the cell in New York City. At the cell, SYBARITE5 is experimenting with new sounds and programming innovative with technology such as Jakub Ciupinski’s works for SYBARITE5 + Hacked Theremins, and new global collaborations as a result of their work at the Silkroad Global Musician Workshop.

ArtWalk 2018

Downtown Lancaster
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. Presented by Destination Downtown Lancaster and the Lancaster Festival.



Spinning Jenny

Zane Square
6:00pm • FREE EVENT


Spinning Jenny.  Expect to hear a wide variety of genres: old school rock ‘n’ roll, current radio hits and alternative rock favorites  performed by three sisters: Julia (21), Talia (17) and Angelina (16), who learned to play guitar, drums, bass and keyboard  with the support and encouragement of their father.  Spinning Jenny also writes and composes original music and recently released their debut album, Outside The Lines.


Candlelight Concert:
First Night Out

with the Veronika String Quartet

First United Methodist Church
9:00 pm • Tickets $10                 



In keeping with the "Season of Firsts" theme, the Veronika String Quartet's program includes stunning selections by Mozart, Beethoven and Glazunov never before heard at a Lancaster Festival event.


The award-winning Veronika String Quartet (VSQ) (veh-roh-NEE-kah) established itself as an outstanding ensemble very early in its formation in Moscow in 1989. The group is known for its versatility and “extraordinary musicianship”. The unique sound of the VSQ has led to success in international competitions as well as in concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The Quartet distinguished itself early in its career by winning top prizes in string quartet competitions in St. Petersburg and Moscow. These were followed by triumphs at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and Chamber Music at Yellow Springs Competition (OH).

The VSQ has performed widely in the U.S., Australia, Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, and currently resides in Southern Colorado. The VSQ has contributed immensely to the revitalization of classical music in the Southwest, performing in a vast array of venues to dramatically increasing audience numbers.

Recognized throughout the state of Colorado, the quartet has appeared frequently on NPR’s Colorado Spotlight Series and regularly receives grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts for launching its own popular and critically- acclaimed concert series in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. The Denver Post featured the Veronika String Quartet in an article on Oct.7, 2012, calling them one of Colorado’s five best chamber music groups performing today. “Colorado’s chamber-music scene is as rich as it is diverse. So we thought we’d call out the premiere ensembles in the state and introduce you to a few professional chamber-music groups worth hearing,” writes the Denver Post.

Highlights of exciting live performances of the VSQ can be found on YouTube.

Known for its innovative programming, the Quartet is committed to performing a wide range of repertoire, from beloved classics to neglected masterpieces.

The VSQ has championed contemporary American composers in premieres and recordings, including works by Charles Eakin, Carlton Gamer, Lawrence Leighton Smith, and Augusta Read Thomas.

Collaborations with leading chamber musicians has further increased the versatility of the VSQ. These include performances with the American and Fine Arts Quartets, Martin Lovett of the Amadeus Quartet, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and pianists James Tocco and Ruth Laredo. The Quartet has recorded for Warner Brothers, Narada, and Northword Press.

The Veronika String Quartet served as Artists-in-Residence at Colorado State University-Pueblo for nearly twelve years.