Germany’s towering composers explored in an unforgettable program – Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music presents a program of Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann works in two performances of Germanic Tradition on Tuesday, August 14, 7:30 pm, at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit, and on Wednesday, August 15, 7:30 pm at First Congregational Church, 650 Main Street, Chatham.

Germanic Tradition lauds three of music history’s most towering composers juxtaposed in a program featuring the CCCMF debut of internationally renowned musicians Orion Weiss, Gary Levinson and Toby Appel, and the return of Festival favorite David Ying, rounding out a stellar cast.

Though each featured composer is undeniably German, their music stands out individually. Mozart’s duo for violin and viola highlights a beautiful variety of melodies and harmonies between the two instruments, including developmental concepts such as variation and canon.

Beethoven’s piano trio, written for Prince Lichnowsky, a Beethoven patron, is considered to be a result of his early period of composition. Not yet suffering from hearing loss, Beethoven was highly influenced by the classical style of Haydn, with whom he studied.

Schumann’s quartet showcases various musical ideas and devices, such as counterpoint in the first movement, syncopation in the Scherzo, and fugue in the finale. In the third movement, Schumann instructs the cellist to tune the C string down to a B-flat, allowing for a pedal tone beneath the violin and viola. Truly an opportunity for an unforgettable performance!

Program:  Germanic Tradition

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



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

Adagio; Allegro

Andante cantabile

Tema con variazioni:  Andante grazioso



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

Allegro con brio

Andante cantabile con variazioni

Menuetto:  Quasi allegro; Trio

Finale:  Prestissimo


ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810 – 1856)

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

Sostenuto assai; Allegro ma non troppo

Scherzo:  Molto vivace; Trio I, Trio II

Andante cantabile

Finale:  Vivace


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.

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.

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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, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.