GENEVA — The Geneva Music Festival was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation through its arts and culture gift program.

The grant supports the 2019 Geneva Music Festival season, “Women in Music: Key Players,” running through June 16. Much of the festival’s programming this year will represent women’s contributions to music through featured composers or performers.

“This generous grant will help us present world-class music to a wide range of audiences throughout Ontario and Monroe counties,” said GMF Director Geoffrey Herd. “We appreciate the support of community leaders and of philanthropic organizations like the Farash Foundation that continue to enrich people’s lives through the arts.”

The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the civic and religious communities of its founders. Each year, half of the Foundation’s grants support Jewish life and the other half go to secular initiatives.

According to the Foundation’s website, “Arts and culture play integral roles in the life of any healthy community. Those who make art, and those who curate our culture, add immeasurably to the depth and discernment with which we experience the world. These artistic and cultural contributions enhance the lives of individuals of every age, at every socioeconomic level, and across a broad array of specific interests.”

A schedule of remaining concerts and locations, artist biographies and tickets are available at

The 2019 Season of GMF finishes with cellist Clive Greensmith, who returns to the festival to present the Chamber Music Finale with new and returning artists alike.

Ray Nagem will showcase organs of the churches of the region with works featuring women composers from a span of centuries. As has become tradition, there will be a Father’s Day bluegrass concert at the end of the season.

The Geneva Music Festival is made possible, in part, by the City of Geneva, Geneva Rotary, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Williams Family Foundation, the Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Brenda and Dave Rickey Foundation, the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation, the John Ben Snow Foundation, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the Arts and Cultural Council of Greater Rochester, CNY Arts, Geneva On The Lake, and from public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered locally by Finger Lakes Community Arts Grants.

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