Chamber Music Kicks Off Extraordinary Chamber Music Festival 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.

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. There will be an opportunity for patrons to visit informally with Jonathan and he will talk about this year’s festival theme, “A Tour of the World,” and the enticing global sampler on the program for the evening. 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 or call 410 819-0380.

Week One Schedule – June 4 – 9, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 5:30 p.m.
Opening Concert: Avalon Theatre, Easton
“A Tour of the World”
Artists: Catherine Cho, Todd Phillips, Marcy Rosen, Diane Walsh

Tuesday, June 6, 5:30 p.m.
Concert: Trinity Cathedral, Easton
Artists: Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, Robert McDonald

Wednesday, June 7, 10 a.m.
Open Rehearsal: Academy Art Museum, Easton

Thursday, June 8, 5:30 p.m.
Concert: Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford
Austria – “Mozart by the Sea”
Artists: Peggy Pearson, Catherine Cho, Kim Kashkashian, Marcy Rosen, Wei Ping Chou, Tessa Lark, Dimitri Murrath, Edward Arron, J. Lawrie Bloom, and Todd Phillips

Friday, June 9, 5:30 p.m.
Concert: Christ Church, Easton
United States of America
Primosch Quintet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (Premiere)**
Artists: Catherine Cho, Todd Phillips, Kim Kashkashian, Marcy Rosen, Peggy Pearson, Dimitri Murrath, Edward Arron, Diane Walsh, Tessa Lark
** This work was commissioned for Chesapeake Music through the generosity of Arnold and Zena Lerman

Saturday, June 10, 7:30 p.m.
Concert: Academy Art Museum, Easton
Artists: Diane Walsh, Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, J. Lawrie Bloom, Edward Arron, Wei-Ping Chou, Robert McDonald, Tessa Lark, and Dimitri Murrath

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