Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Announces 2018 Summer Concert Season

39th season offers chamber music’s

most celebrated repertoire

 

McGRATHPR.com – Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), celebrating 39 years as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music, announces its 2018 summer season, presenting 12 compelling concerts from August 1 through 24, 7:30 pm, at locations throughout the region.  The Festival is programmed under the leadership of Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

“We eagerly await the month of August every year!” shares Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu.  “Not only do we enjoy performing with some of the finest musicians from across the world, but we all delight in sharing these incredible concerts with music lovers across Cape Cod.”

Artistic Directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu, image by Arts Management Group

The Festival’s 2018 season commences with two performances by the prominently acclaimed ensemble The Emerson String Quartet, performing two of Beethoven’s profound masterworks, (String Quartets Opus 130, 131), considered two of his most complex masterpieces composed in his “late quartets” series.  The second of these concerts is held at a new venue to the Festival, Falmouth Academy’s beautiful new Simon Center for the Arts.   Two pianos take center stage when two, four, then eight masterful musician’s hands perform The Piano Bash in Cotuit, featuring a key-centric program including Gounod’s “Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands”, arranged by Renaud de Vilback, and lively works by Mozart, Brahms, Ravel, Milhaud and Schubert.  Grammy® Award winning Harlem String Quartet dynamically performs in reprise concert in Harlem Returns, offering an eclectic program mix that includes Rodgers’ “My Funny Valentine”, arranged by Calvin Custer and Harlem’s own musicians.  Schubert and Adam Gopnik performed by returning ensemble Borromeo String Quartet, bolstered by four more talented musicians, presents Shubert’s “Octet in F Major, D. 803”, accompanied by readings and fascinating insight on the composer’s life expressed by The New Yorker’s expert writer/lecturer Adam Gopnik. The season culminates in a breathtaking three concert residency showcasing the extraordinary talents of Harvard University’s extraordinary ensemble in-residence The Parker Quartet, the last two of which feature Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu aside the ensemble, guaranteed to captivate, inspired and thrill.

The New Yorker’s writer/lecturer Adam Gopnik

Concerts are held in six communities, ensuring maximum accessibility to Cape Cod audiences, at these venues:

Wellfleet:  First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street

Orleans:  Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road

Chatham:  First Congregational Church: 650 Main Street (at the Rotary)

Dennis:  Dennis Union Church: 713 Main Street (Route 6A)

Cotuit:  Cotuit Center for the Arts: 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28)

Falmouth:  Falmouth Academy’s Simon Center for the Arts, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth

Ticket orders received on or before July 7: $34 general admission; $15 for college students with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $32 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $50 (whether individually purchased or as part of the three-concert package).

Ticket orders received on or after July 8: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); 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).

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended.  Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or picked up 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 2016 season, performers, mission and venues, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

2018 Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Schedule of Events:

The Emerson String Quartet, image by Lisa Mazzuco

Beethoven the Master – Wellfleet

Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello)

Program:              Beethoven:  String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Opus 131

Beethoven:  String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130

Beethoven the Master – Falmouth

Thursday, August 2, 7:30 pm, Falmouth Academy’s Simon Center for the Arts, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth

Emerson String Quartet (Eugene Drucker, violin; Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; Paul Watkins, cello)

Program:              Beethoven:  String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Opus 131

Beethoven:  String Quartet in B-flat Major, Opus 130

Brian Zeger, piano

The Piano Bash        

Tuesday, August 7, 7:30 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Cotuit

Brian Zeger, piano; William Wolfram, piano; Lisa Nakamichi, piano; Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Program:              Schubert:  Two Impromptus from Opus 90

Mozart:  Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448

Brahms:  Variations on a Theme by Haydn for Two Pianos (“St. Anthony Variations”)

Ravel:  Ma mere l’Oye (“Mother Goose”) for Four Hands (1910)

Milhaud:  Scaramouche, suite for Two Pianos, Opus 165b

Gounod:  Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands (arr. by Renaud de Vilback)

Harlem Returns        

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham

The Harlem Quartet

The Harlem Quartet (Ilmar Gavilán, violin; Melissa White, violin; Jaime Amador, viola; Felix Umansky, cello)

Program:              Schubert:  String Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”)

Webern:  Langsamer Satz for String Quartet (1905)

Frank:  Milagros (“Miracles”) (2010)

Rodgers:  My Funny Valentine (arranged by Calvin Custer and the Harlem Quartet)

López-Gavilán:  Guaguancó

Schubert and Adam Gopnik

Friday, August 10, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet

Borromeo String Quartet

Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello) Jon Manasse, clarinet; Cynde Iverson, bassoon; Eric Reed, horn; Tony Falanga, bass; Adam Gopnik, narrator

Program:          Schubert:  Octet in F Major, D. 803 (with readings from Schubert in a Life by Adam Gopnik)

The Goldberg Variations

Monday, August 13, 7:30 pm, Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans

Borromeo String Quartet (Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello)

Program:              Bach:  “Goldberg” Variations, BWV 988 (arranged for string quartet by Nicholas Kitchen)

Gary Levinson, violin

Franck:  String Quartet in D Major (1889)

Germanic Tradition

Tuesday, August 14, 7:30 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Cotuit

Gary Levinson, violin; Toby Appel, viola; David Ying, cello; Orion Weiss, piano

Program:              Mozart:  Duo in B-flat Major for Violin and Viola, K. 424

Beethoven:  Trio in C Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 1 No. 3

Schumann:  Quartet in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Opus 47

Germanic Tradition

Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham

David Ying, cello

Gary Levinson, violin; Toby Appel, viola; David Ying, cello; Orion Weiss, piano

Program:              Mozart:  Duo in B-flat Major for Violin and Viola, K. 424

Beethoven:  Trio in C Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 1 No. 3

Schumann:  Quartet in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello, Opus 47

Around the World in Seven Cellos

Friday, August 17, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet

The Cello Gang (Amit Peled, Mairead Flory, Ismael Guerrero, Mafalda Santos, Joseph Staten, Jiaoyang “Sunny” Xu, Tzu-Jou “Zoi” Yeh)

Program:              Smith:  The Star-Spangled Banner

Amit Peled and The Cello Gang, image by Christian Amonson

Bach:  Air

Handel:  Sonata In G Minor

Cohen:  Hallelujah

Haydn:  Concerto in C

Popper:  Hungarian Rhapsody

Piazzolla:  Le Grand Tango

Parker Residency: The Parker Quartet

Tuesday, August 21, 7:30 pm, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Cotuit

The Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, violin; Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello)

Program:              Mozart:  String Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428 (K. 421b)

Janáček:  String Quartet No. 1, JW 7/8 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)

Beethoven:  String Quartet in E Minor, Opus 59 No. 2

Parker Residency: A Piano in Dennis

The Parker Quartet

Wednesday, August 22, 7:30 pm, Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street, Route 6A, Dennis

The Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, violin; Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello), Jon Manasse, clarinet, Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Program:              Bach:  Sonata in G Minor for Viola da Gamba (Cello) and Keyboard, BWV 1029

Mozart:  Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581

Fauré:  Quartet No. 1 in C Minor for Piano and Strings, Opus 15

Parker Residency: Finale Fireworks

Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet

The Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, violin; Ken Hamao, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello), Jon Manasse, clarinet, Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Program:              Khachaturian:  Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano

Ravel:  Quartet in F Major

Dohnányi:  Quintet No. 1 in C Minor for Piano and Strings, Opus 1

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.