When it comes to musical mottos, you could do worse than "world-class music experienced upfront and casual." That's the philosophy of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, which starts its 2016 summer season this Saturday, June 11, at Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport. (The FLCMF takes full advantage of the abundant wineries in the Finger Lakes region.) Starting the season is a favorite festival visitor, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra Ensemble, and its artistic director, Richard Auldon Clark. The program is varied and summery, with a flute quartet by Mozart, Beethoven's "Eyeglass" duo for viola and cello, "Bacchianas Brasilieras No. 6" for flute and bassoon by Villa-Lobos, and the charming serenade for string trio by Ernst von Dohnanyi. There is also a serenade for flute, viola, and bassoon by Clark, who is a prolific composer.
The first concert of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival will take place Saturday, June 11, at Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport. 7:30 p.m. $25; free for students. 315-536-0383; fingerlakes-music.org.