Week Two of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Opens with a Czech Concert

Pianist Robert McDonald

The second week of the renowned Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will begin with a lively Czech-inspired concert and reception on Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. at the Aspen Institute, situated on the banks of the Wye River.  A Czech-inspired picnic will follow the concert and will include such delicacies as Czech-style latkes and meatballs, a variety of savory open-faced sandwiches and dips, wild mushroom tarts and salmon croquettes, as well as trifles, bread puddings and compotes for dessert.

According to Festival pianist Robert McDonald, “The Sunday concert at the Aspen Institute is drawn from the works of the three most important Czech composers—Dvorak, Janacek, and Smetana. Their styles succeed at being both strongly individual and complimentary all at once. National folk influences along with heartfelt emotional directness represent the defining strengths in their music.”

The Smetana G Minor Trio that closes the June 11 program is a tribute to Smetana’s beloved four-year old daughter who had died and, according to McDonald, is one of the truly memorable works in the Romantic chamber music literature.

During the week, Festival-goers will then be enthralled by the energetic music of Italian, French, Hungarian and Russian composers at concerts to be held at the Oxford Community Center, the Academy Art Museum and the Avalon Theatre.  And, after enjoying the music of Italian composers Vivaldi and Tartini at the Oxford Community Center on Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m., concert-goers can make reservations afterwards for an optional, Italian-themed dinner created by Chef Mark Salter at the Robert Morris Inn.

McDonald adds, “Though most concert programs that we play are constructed of works by composers from a variety of national backgrounds, it is always refreshing to put together recitals that draw exclusively from a single country as inspiration. This offers listener and performer alike a chance to compare the enormous range of musical styles that exist under the umbrella of a shared language, history, and national customs.”

Musicians performing at the Avalon Theatre at the opening concert of this year’s Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. Photo by Cal Jackson.

The Festival wraps up with the Angels Concert at Watermelon Point in Easton featuring music of Latin America, with a catered reception by Gourmet by the Bay. The reception will feature such Eastern Shore favorites as crab-n-corn fritters with red pepper remoulade and charred vegetable gazpacho with lump crab, as well as such Latin favorites as fried plantains with a spicy pineapple relish and a tapas buffet including vegetable empanadas, chorizo stuffed mushrooms with queso blanco, and jerk chicken drummettes. Desserts will include salted dulce de leche tarts, banana coconut pudding shots, chocolate tres leches cake bites, and key lime raspberry tarts.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, The Star Democrat, Talbot Spy, and What’s Up Media. 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. 

This year’s concerts offer the opportunity to travel the world through an incredible variety of music with internationally-acclaimed artists right here on the Eastern Shore.  To purchase tickets, visit www.ChesapeakeMusic.org or call 410 819-0380. To make reservations for the optional fixed-price dinner at the historic Robert Morris Inn, call 410-226-5111. Registrations for the Angels Concert must be made by June 12.

Chamber Music Kicks Off Extraordinary Two-Week Festival On June 4

Festival-goers will experience the extraordinary as they travel the world through classical music at Chesapeake Music’s Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, which will be held from June 4 through June 18, 2017.  Artistic Directors Marcy Rosen and J. Lawrie Bloom have developed an exciting program featuring 10 concerts over two music-filled weeks, including the premiere of a Primosch Quintet commissioned for Chesapeake Music.

The Festival includes acclaimed 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, Latin America, France and the United States.  Each concert represents composers from a different country.  Several concerts will include receptions with food and beverage pairings echoing the music of that country. 

Kim Kashkashian, an internationally-recognized voice on viola who will perform at the “Mozart by the Sea” concert at the Tred Avon Yacht Club (left) and Violinist Tessa Lark who will appear at the “Mozart by the Sea” and Christ Church USA concerts (right).

The opening concert at the Avalon Theatre will whet Festival-goers appetites for what’s to come with a potpourri of music from around the world and a pre-concert reception where guests can mix and mingle with old friends.  Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC will provide live concert commentary that night to kick off the Festival. On Friday evening at Christ Church, Easton, concert-goers will be treated to music from the United States, including the magic of Gershwin’s Lullaby for string quartet and Barber’s Adagio for string quartet. Thanks to the generosity of Arnold and Zena Lerman, this concert will also feature the premiere of a Primosch Quintet for oboe, violin, viola, cello and piano, commissioned for Chesapeake Music and performed by Peggy Pearson, Diane Walsh, Catherine Cho and others.  In addition to “Mozart by the Sea” at the Tred Avon Yacht Club, during the first week, concert-goers can also travel to Trinity Cathedral to enjoy Germany’s Beethoven and Brahms.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, The Star Democrat, Talbot Spy, and What’s Up Media. 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. 

This year’s concerts offer the opportunity to travel the world through an incredible variety of music with internationally-acclaimed artists right here on the Eastern Shore.  To purchase tickets, visit www.ChesapeakeMusic.org or call 410 819-0380.

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.