Take a Musical Tour at the 2017 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

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Pictured are artists performing at the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival at Christ Church Easton. (Photo by William McDonnell)

Travel the world at the 32nd Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Festival which will be held in Talbot County, MD from June 4 through June 18, 2017 and experience the extraordinary. Ten concerts over two music-filled weeks of concerts will feature musicians from the world stage, renowned musical ensembles, and a range of familiar classics—Beethoven, Mozart, Gershwin, Ravel, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and more from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Hungary, Russia, and Latin America. The Festival also includes the premiere of a Primosch Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello and piano, commissioned for Chesapeake Music.

The opening concert at the Avalon Theatre in Easton will feature a potpourri of music from around the world and a pre-concert cocktail party. Festival goers will enjoy this year’s addition of concerts at new venues to include the Aspen Institute on the Wye River, and the Tred Avon Yacht Club, as well as musical premier at Christ Church Easton. Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. Tickets go on sale in April 2017. For additional information, visit www.ChesapeakeMusic.org or call 410 819-0380.

The Harlem Quartet at Inn at Perry Cabin

Chesapeake Music of Easton, Maryland and the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Harlem Quartet to St. Michaels, Maryland for an exclusive performance on April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and for “bringing a new attitude to classical music” by The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Harlem Quartet is one of today’s hottest musical ensembles. The Harlem Quartet was the Silver Medal prize winner at the 2010 Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Competition, one of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competitions with one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes.

Pictured (left to right): Violinist Ilmar Gavilán, violinist Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky. (Photo by Amy Schroeder)

Since their debut in 2006, the New York-based foursome has performed in chamber music series around the world and collaborated with the likes of Itzhak Perlman and jazz legend Chuck Corea, to name only two of many.

In fact, it was the Harlem Quartet’s album made with Corea and Gary Burton, “Mozart Goes Dancing,” that won them the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition in 2013. They have been featured on CNN, NBC’s Today Show and News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in 2009 performed for President and First Lady Obama at the White House.

Violinists Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky each are seasoned artists in their own right. Individually, they have performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Julliard, National, New World, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico and Utah symphony orchestras.

Not only exceptionally talented and musically versatile, the Harlem Quartet also is civic minded. Its mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. The group will soon launch its fourth album—a collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta featuring a new arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical, West Side Story.

Tickets for the Harlem Quartet’s performance at Inn at Perry Cabin are limited and available on (443) 258-2230. $85 buys entry for one to the performance as well as admission to a pre-performance cocktail reception. Dinner and beverage specials will be tailored to the evening in both Stars restaurant and Purser’s Pub. Reservations are recommended for Stars and available at (410) 745-2200 and www.opentable.com/stars.

Chesapeake Music Receives Easton Rotary Youth & Community Fund Grant

From L to R: John Flohr, Easton Rotary Youth & Community Fund Board member; Steve Shearer, Easton Rotary Youth & Community Fund Board member; Don Buxton, Executive Director, Chesapeake Music; Jackie Wilson, President, Easton Rotary Youth & Community Fund Board; and Tom Lane, Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club and member of the Easton Rotary Youth & Community Fund Board.

Chesapeake Music recently received a grant from the Easton Rotary Youth & Community Fund for its YouthReach Program.  This grant assists Chesapeake Music in creating a transformational life experiences for children. According to Don Buxton, CM Executive Director, “The longer-term goal of the program is to awaken young people’s interest in, and ultimately their love for, the classical music art form.”

For further information about Chesapeake Music’s programs and musical offerings, contact Don Buxton at 410-819-0380 or visit chesapeakemusic.org. The 32st Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will be held from June 4 through June 18, 2017 on the Mid Shore.

Chesapeake Music and the Inn at Perry Cabin Host Harlem Quartet

Chesapeake Music of Easton, Maryland and the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Harlem Quartet to St. Michaels, Maryland for an exclusive performance on April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and for “bringing a new attitude to classical music” by The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Harlem Quartet is one of today’s hottest musical ensembles. The Harlem Quartet was the Silver Medal prize winner at the 2010 Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Competition, one of the nation’s most prestigious chamber music competitions with one of the world’s largest chamber music prizes.   

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Pictured (L to R): violinist Ilmar Gavilán, violinist Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky. Photo by Amy Schroeder.

Since their debut in 2006, the New York-based foursome has performed in chamber music series around the world and collaborated with the likes of Itzhak Perlman and jazz legend Chuck Corea, to name only two of many.

In fact, it was the Harlem Quartet’s album made with Corea and Gary Burton, “Mozart Goes Dancing,” that won them the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition in 2013. They have been featured on CNN, NBC’s Today Show and News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in 2009 performed for President and First Lady Obama at the White House.

Violinists Ilmar Gavilán and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky each are seasoned artists in their own right. Individually, they have performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Julliard, National, New World, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico and Utah symphony orchestras.

Not only exceptionally talented and musically versatile, the Harlem Quartet also is civic minded. Its mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. The group will soon launch its fourth album—a collaboration with the Chicago Sinfonietta featuring a new arrangement of Leonard Bernstein’s iconic musical, West Side Story.

Tickets for the Harlem Quartet’s performance at Inn at Perry Cabin are limited and available on (443) 258-2230. $85 buys entry for one to the performance as well as admission to a pre-performance cocktail reception. Dinner and beverage specials will be tailored to the evening in both Stars restaurant and Purser’s Pub. Reservations are recommended for Stars and available at (410) 745-2200 and www.opentable.com/stars.

Chesapeake Music Coordinating Bus Trip to Philadelphia for Chamber Music Concert

On Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m., Chesapeake Music is sponsoring a bus trip to the American Philosophical Society for a concert of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, featuring the Dvorak Piano Trio in F Minor and Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor. The concert will also feature renowned chamber musicians Catherine Cho, Hsin-Yun Huang, Marcy Rosen and Ieva Jokubaviciute. Three of these four musicians are well known to Chesapeake Music and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.

Trip participants will travel via bus leaving Easton at 10:30 a.m. from Creamery Lane, near the Easton Fire House and upon arrival in Philadelphia, will enjoy a delicious lunch at Amada Restaurant in a private dining room – an easy walk to the concert venue. The group will arrive back in Easton about 8:00 p.m.

The cost of the trip is $125 per person and includes lunch, bus, gratuities and a ticket to the concert. For further information or to reserve your seat, call 410-819-0380.

Chesapeake Music Sponsors The David Trio in Easton

The David Trio from Italy, First Prize and Audience Choice Prize winners of the 2006 International Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, is embarking on an American tour and will be appearing in a concert sponsored by Chesapeake Music on October 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. The David Trio will perform perennial favorites such as Franz Schubert’s Notturno in E-flat major, Op. 148 (D897), Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 1 in E-flat major, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50.                                   

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Pictured left to right are members of The David Trio: Claudio Trovajoli on pianoforte, Andrej Bielow on violin, and David Cohen on cello.

The Trio, having received its first commendation at the International Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, has enjoyed great success in Europe, becoming one of the most important chamber music groups in Italy. Since its beginning in 2003, the Trio found inspiration and grew up under the guidance of international musical luminaries such as the Altenberg Trio Wien and Hatto Beyerle. At the same time, the group was chosen to represent the European Chamber Music Academy. The David Trio also won First Prize and the Bösendorfer Prize at the International Competition for Chamber Music F.J. Haydn in Vienna and First Prize at the Yellow Springs, OH International Chamber Music Competition.

The David Trio was awarded with a fellowship from Borletti-Buitoni Trust (London), which supported the Trio’s career and helped sponsor the first recording of the complete Schubert Trios on the Altara label. The recording is considered one of the best interpretations of these masterworks. Recently, the David Trio recorded the Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich trios for the Stradivarius label. The trio’s next release, this year, will be the complete Brahms Trios and the Trio of Arensky on the Stradivarius label.

The mission of Chesapeake Music is to enrich the musical life of the Chesapeake region by delighting today’s audiences and developing tomorrow’s. The organization is the parent company of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, a two-week event held in early June each year; the biennial Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, which draws young chamber music ensembles from around the world; Jazz on the Chesapeake/ Monty Alexander Jazz Festival on Labor Day Weekend, as well as YouthReach, working in area schools to bring a greater exposure of classical and jazz music to area students. The concert is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and Leslie Westbrook and Richard Marks. The cost of a ticket to hear The David Trio is $35 per person and seating is limited.  To purchase tickets, visit chesapeakmusic.org or call 410-819-0380.  

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Honors Volunteer Service

CCM Festival 2016 - Mike Bracy Recognition smallChesapeake Chamber Music Festival, held June 5 through June 19, showcased favorite composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Haydn, and Busoni, while featuring such new performers as BLOCK4, a London-based recorder quartet who won the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. Audiences experienced extraordinary performances at a variety of venues, both historical sites and contemporary halls.

More than 100 volunteers supported the two-week Festival, now it its 31st year as ushers, selling and taking tickets, and handling all aspects of concert management. Chesapeake Music Executive Director Don Buxton comments, “We couldn’t offer this Festival without our volunteers. The community support for the Festival is invaluable in terms of financial support, housing musicians, and offering venues in which our artists perform.”

Sponsors of this year’s Festival included the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enabled Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals.  On Labor Day Weekend, Chesapeake Music will sponsor the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. For further information about Chesapeake Music, visit chesapeakemusic.org.

Photo: A special tribute was given to Michael Bracy, outgoing president of Chesapeake Music for his 17 years of service, as a Board Member, Treasurer and President, to Chesapeake Music. Pictured left to right are Michael Bracy, Ella Bracy, and Don Buxton, Executive Director of Chesapeake Music. (Photo by Amy Blades Steward)

Week Two of Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Adds St. Michaels and Oxford Concert Venues

Week two of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival opens on Sunday, June 12 at 4 p.m. at Historic Christ Church in St. Michaels. The concert will include favorite music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Rabl, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. A celebratory reception following the concert will be catered by Gourmet by the Bay.

Pictured is Block4, winners of the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition who will offer a pre-concert talk on Friday, June 17 at 7:15 at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, before performing at the 8 p.m. concert. (Photo by Amy Blades Steward)

Pictured is Block4, winners of the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition who will offer a pre-concert talk on Friday, June 17 at 7:15 at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, before performing at the 8 p.m. concert. (Photo by Amy Blades Steward)

Another highlight of Week two is Artist Showcase III on Wednesday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in Easton where Festival participants will enjoy an evening of favorite pieces of Ludwig van Beethoven, including Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 – “The Kreutzer Sonata” and Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio In E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2. Returning musicians Catherine Cho, Robert McDonald, and Marcy Rosen promise to entertain.

On Friday, June 17 at 7:15 at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, ticket holders will be treated to a pre-concert talk by members of Block4, the winners of the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. Block4 will also perform at the concert which will feature the works of Beethoven and Dvořák.

Finally, on Saturday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Michaels High School Theatre, a concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven, Luigi Boccherini, and Josef Rheinberger, offering something for the whole family to experience.

Experience the Extraordinary June 5 through June 19, 2016. Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals. Open rehearsals are free to the public. Tickets are available online at ChesapeakeMusic.org or by calling 410 819-0380.

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival 31 Offers New Faces

The 31st Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Festival will be held in Easton, MD from June 5 through June 19, 2016. Two music-filled weeks of concerts, Artist Showcases, open rehearsals, and the Angels Concert, feature new and returning artists from the world stage, diverse musical ensembles, familiar classics, as well as a world premiere. Festival goers will enjoy this year’s addition of a pre-concert discussion, concerts followed by dinner or cocktails, as well as the ambiance of a new historical venue.

Pictured is District 5 Wind Quintet, one of the new chamber music ensembles to play at the 2016 Chamber Music Festival in Easton.

Pictured is District 5 Wind Quintet, one of the new chamber music ensembles to play at the 2016 Chamber Music Festival in Easton.

On Sunday June 5, the Festival begins its two-week run, offering six concerts, four Artist Showcases, and two free rehearsals open to the public. The 13 events will occur in Easton, Oxford and St. Michaels. Venues include the newly-renovated Christ Church in Easton and the historic Christ Church in St. Michaels, as well as such returning favorites as The Avalon Theatre, the Academy Art Museum, Trinity Cathedral in Easton, the state-of-the-art performing space at the Oxford Community Center, and St. Michaels High School Performing Arts Theatre.

Over the last 31 years, Festival Artistic Directors Mary Rosen and J. Lawrie Bloom have built a musical family at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. While a number of the artists come back year after year, there are also always new faces at the Festival which bring excitement to the musical offerings. Twenty-one artists will perform this year, including 19 returning artists, along with some newcomers to the Eastern Shore Festival scene, including Michael Kannen on cello, Ara Gregorian on violin/viola, Harrison Hollingsworth on bassoon, and Wei-Ping Chou on french horn. A special appearance by the District5 Wind Quintet on opening night sets the tone for escaping the ordinary to experience this extraordinary two-week musical journey.

Pictured is Lev Mamuya, a nineteen-year old cellist attending a dual degree program at the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University, whose musical composition “loosely turing” will have its world premiere at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition on June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum.

Pictured is Lev Mamuya, a nineteen-year old cellist attending a dual degree program at the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University, whose musical composition “loosely turing” will have its world premiere at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition on June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum.

Artistic Director J. Lawrie Bloom comments, “We love to have players back with whom we have played many times in many places. Not only are we friends, looking forward to spending time together, but there is an immediate comfort level playing with people that you have played with so much.” He adds, “But we also love the infusion of energy and spirit of new players with whom we may or may not have worked somewhere else. It creates a nice balance for us as players, and we think that communicates to the audience as well.”

This year’s Festival will also offer attendees the opportunity to experience such favorites musical pieces as Beethoven’s Opus 1, while also enjoying new offerings such as the exciting world premiere of Lev Mamuya Quintet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and two Celli. It will be a time to connect with old friends and to make new friends as these talented musicians become a part of our community.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit www.ChesapeakeMusic.org or call 410 819-0380.

WEEK 1
Sunday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m.
Opening Concert: Christ Church, Easton
Artists: District5 Wind Quintet

Tuesday, June 7th at 5:30 p.m.
Artist Showcase I: Academy Art Museum, Easton
Artists: Maria Lambros, J. Lawrie Bloom, Diane Walsh

Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Open Rehearsal: Academy Art Museum, Easton

Thursday, June 9th at 5:30 PM
Artist Showcase II: Oxford Community Center, Oxford
Artists: Catherine Cho, Yura Lee, Ara Gregorian, Maria Lambros, and Michael Kannen

Friday, June 10th at 8:00 p.m.
Concert: Avalon Theatre, Easton
Artists: Diane Walsh, J. Lawrie Bloom, Michael Kannen, Peggy Pearson, Ara Gregorian, Yura Lee,
Ieva Jokubaviciute, Catherine Cho, and Marcy Rosen

Saturday, June 11th at 4:00 p.m.
Concert: Academy Art Museum, Easton
Artists: La Fenice: Diane Walsh, Catherine Cho, Maria Lambros, Marcy Rosen, Peggy Pearson
with guest Michael Kannen
Sunday, June 12th at 4:00 p.m.
Concert: Christ Church, St. Michaels
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute, Yura Lee, Michael Kannen, J. Lawrie Bloom, Ara Gregorian, Marcy Rosen, and Diane Walsh

WEEK 2

Tuesday, June 14th at 10:00 a.m.
Open Rehearsal: Academy Art Museum, Easton

Wednesday, June 15th at 5:30 p.m.
Artist Showcase III: Trinity Cathedral, Easton
Artists: Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, Robert McDonald

Friday, June 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Concert: Avalon Theatre, Easton
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute, Peggy Pearson, J. Lawrie Bloom, Robert McDonald, Wei-Ping Chou, and Harrison Hollingsworth

Block4 – Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Winners

Saturday, June 18th at 5:30 p.m.
Concert: St. Michaels High School, St. Michaels
Artists: Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Phillips, Maiya Papach, Peggy Pearson, Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, J. Lawrie Bloom, Anthony Manzo, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Wei-Ping Chou

Sunday, June 19th at 4:00 p.m.
Angels Concert: Ingleton Manor
Artists: Catherine Cho, Daniel Phillips, Maiya Papach, Marcy Rosen, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Peggy Pearson, J. Lawrie Bloom, Harrison Hollingsworth, Wei-Ping Chou, and Tara Helen O’Connor

Week 1 Artists
Catherine Cho, Violin/Viola
Yura Lee, Violin/Viola
Ara Gregorian, Violin/Viola
Maria Lambros, Viola
Marcy Rosen, Cello
Michael Kannen, Cello
J. Lawrie Bloom, Clarinet
Peggy Pearson, Oboe
Diane Walsh, Piano
Ieva Jokubaviciute, Piano

Week 2 Artists
Catherine Cho, Violin/Viola
Daniel Phillips, Violin/Viola
Maiya Papach, Viola
Marcy Rosen, Cello
Anthony Manzo, Bass
Tara Helen O’Connor, Flute
J. Lawrie Bloom, Clarinet
Peggy Pearson, Oboe
Harrison Hollingsworth, Bassoon
Wei-Ping Chou, French Horn
Ieva Jokubaviciute, Piano
Robert McDonald, Piano
Artists and program selections are subject to change.

 

Chesapeake Music Announces Eleanor Shriver Magee as Director of Development

Chesapeake Music of Easton, MD has announced the appointment of Eleanor K. Shriver Magee of Easton as its new Director of Development. Magee, who operates ESM Good Works, LLC of Easton, MD, consults with individuals, small and large businesses, non-profits, and community-based organizations in areas such as administration, governance, fundraising, grant writing, business development, cause marketing, outreach, social media and event planning. Her previous positions have included serving as Executive Director of the Talbot Historical Society in Easton, Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity Choptank in Easton and Director of Alumni & Parent Relations for Washington College in Chestertown.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 9.34.02 AMMagee holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College, a M.Ed. in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Goucher College, and an A.B.D. in Education from Wilmington University in Delaware. She also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Executive Leadership and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN (IUPUI) Lilly School of Philanthropy’s and is also a Standards of Excellence Institute Licensed Consultant.

Magee is a member of the Class of 2015 of Shore Leadership and serves on the Maryland Historical Society Board of Trustees, Alumni Association of Goucher College Board of Directors, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in MD, the Wye River Upper School Board of Trustees, the Rotary Club of Easton, Radcliffe Creek School Parent Volunteer and Strategic Planning Committee, the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and is a volunteer at the Waterfowl Festival, Inc. She was awarded Garrison Forest School’s Distinguished Alumna in 2014 and inducted into the US Lacrosse Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 2016.

Don Buxton, Executive Director of Chesapeake Music, comments, “We are so lucky to have found such a qualified candidate for this position. Eleanor’s expertise will help Chesapeake Music achieve our goals and move to the next level of presenting outstanding musical events for the benefit of our region.”