Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s Delivers Unique Pairings in 38th Season

World-Premiere Historic Flute Work, Dramatic Operatic Mass and Compositional Juxtaposition in Concert Highlight Twelve Performances

Who: Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival
What: 38th Season of Concerts
Where: 6 Venues Across Cape Cod (see below)
When: Tuesday, August 1 through Friday, August 25

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF)’s 38th season begins August 1, offering chamber music lovers summer entertainment, boasting 12 compelling concerts performed at venues across the Cape through August 25.

CCCMF’s 2017 programming features stellar performing artists, diverse repertoire, intimate venues, coupled with a unique variety of unique pairings of instruments, under the expert leadership of Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, and Executive Director Elaine Lipton, now all in their 11th season with the Festival. Manasse and Nakamatsu, exceptional musicians internationally recognized for their gifts on clarinet and piano, respectively, will each perform during the Festival.

Several concerts in particular promise fantastic new delights, “The Power of Wind” featuring a host of stars and four amazing wind students performing a Mozart wind octet, and “A Mass at the Opera” with the Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers, conducted by Director Joe Marchio, four vocal soloists, piano and organ in a performance of the rarely performed and very beautiful Petite Messe Solonnelle by Gioachino Rossini.  This more operatic than sacred work delivers a bold score and audacious listening experience for the audience.

“The Teacher and Student” concert offers insight into the compositional juxtaposition of styles between master Czech composer Antonín Dvóřak and his then-teen student Joseph Suk.  Dvóřak’s Three Slavonic Dances and Trio in E Minor for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Opus 90 (‘Dumky Trio’), paired with Suk’s impressive Quartet in A Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano, Opus 1 reveal the similarities and differences of two of romanticism’s most passionate and prolific composers.

Two performances of a world première of Julian Lampert’s fascinating Quintet for Flute and String Quartet bring to life flutes throughout the ages, including both modern and historical instruments.  Borromeo String Quartet performs three works complemented by featured flutist Jelle Atema.  A student of Jean-Pierre Rampal, and professor of Biology and Research Fellow, Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University, Atema has cultivated a life-long interest in the evolution of musical instruments.  His research led him to produce replicas of ancient bone flutes found at Paleolithic and Neolithic digs, indicating the possibility of that era’s musical contribution.  The contrasting combination of instrumentalists also perform Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C Minor for Strings, K. 546 and César Franck’s String Quartet in D Major.  Companion lectures are on the calendar at several local libraries, with details are available on the CCCMF website. 

2017 Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
Brahms in the Café
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
Mile-End Trio (Jeff Multer, violin; Julian Schwarz, cello; Marika Bournaki, piano)

Wednesday, August 2, 7:30 p.m.
The Virtuosic Quartet
Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans
Lydian String Quartet (Andrea Segar, violin; Judith Eissenberg, violin; Mark Berger, viola; Joshua Gordon, cello)

Friday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.
The Power of Wind
First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet
Randall Ellis, oboe; Timothy Gocklin, oboe; Jon Manasse, clarinet; Alec Manasse, clarinet; Eric Reed, horn; Eric Huckins, horn; Cynde Iverson, bassoon, Thomas English, bassoon, Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Monday, August 7, 7:30 p.m.
Three Emersons and One Jon
First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet
Members of Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello; Jon Nakamatsu, piano)

Tuesday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.
The Teacher and the Student
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Rebecca Young, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello; Susan Grace, piano; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Thursday, August 10, 7:30 p.m.
Strauss’ Piano Quartet
First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Rebecca Young, viola; Daniel McDonough, cello; Susan Grace, piano; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Tuesday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
Borromeo and the Ancient Flute
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit
Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello), Jelle Atema, flute and ancestral flute

Wednesday, August 16, 7:30 p.m.
Borromeo and the Ancient Flute
Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street, Dennis
Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello), Jelle Atema, flute and ancestral flute

Friday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
A Mass at the Opera
First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet
Ilana Davidson, soprano; Lara Nie, alto; William Ferguson, tenor; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Donald Enos, organ; Jon Nakamatsu, piano, Chatham Chorale Chamber Singers, Joseph Marcio, conductor

Monday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
Ying Residency:  The Ying Quartet
Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans
Ying Quartet (Robin Scott, violin; Janet Ying, violin; Phillip Ying, viola; David Ying, cello)

Wednesday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.
Ying Residency: The Art of Song
First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham
Ying Quartet (Robin Scott, violin; Janet Ying, violin; Phillip Ying, viola; David Ying, cello),
Ilana Davidson, soprano; Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Friday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
Ying Residency: The Brahms Quintets
First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet
Ying Quartet (Robin Scott, violin; Janet Ying, violin; Phillip Ying, viola; David Ying, cello),
Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Tickets ordered on or after July 1: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); admission is free for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $36 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $55 (whether individually purchased or as part of the three-concert package)

Special first-time ticket buyer’s price and a discounted ticket for the August 1 concert, if you are between the ages of 19 and 40, are available by calling Festival office.

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended.  Tickets ordered online are available at will call at the performances.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling or visiting the box office at 508-247-9400 or at 3 Main Street Unit 6, North Eastham.  Box office hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.  Phone orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2017 season, performers, mission and venues, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 38th season, CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August. Throughout the rest of the year, CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience, CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. The Festival is also host to a Composer-in-Residence program, and features composers with Cape Cod connections. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, schedule or tickets, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Photos:
Top Center:  Lydian String Quartet, image by Susan Wilson  
Bottom Left:  Jelle Atema and an ancient flute, courtesy image