Breathtaking Finale on Tap at Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

The Festival features a 3-performance residency by The Parker Quartet, image by Luke Ratray

Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet serves as Harvard University’s Quartet-in-Residence – Wrapping up a spectacular 38th season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), presents Harvard University’s quartet-in-residence, The Parker Quartet in its culminating concert Fireworks Finale on Friday, August 24, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street, Wellfleet.  As the season’s final concert, the performance also serves as the Quartet’s third concert of its week-long residency.

Described by The New York Times as “something extraordinary” the revered Parker Quartet makes a long-awaited return to the Festival following several seasons of international touring.  Exceptional recordings and performances have earned the ensemble the highest accolades, including a Grammy® Award for their recording of Gyӧrgy Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet.

Following two phenomenal concerts earlier this week, the breathtaking Fireworks Finale offers music guaranteed to captivate, inspire and thrill.  The performance also showcases the incredible talents of Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu, piano and Jon Manasse, clarinet, together with the Quartet’s critically acclaimed string musicians.

Khachaturian’s “Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano” opens the concert, showcasing complex and intertwining melodies, folk tunes, rhythms and unique timbre, a fascinating listen. Dedicated to his teacher Gabriel Fauré, Ravel’s “Quartet in F Major” was rejected by conservatories in Rome and in Paris as it broke standard rules of harmony and form. Now, it is considered beautiful with its magical and dreamlike atmosphere. Dohnányi’s Quintet No. 1 in C Minor for Piano and Strings closes both the concert and the season. A romantic work, it is emotional, passionate, and strongly influenced by Brahms. Even Brahms himself was impressed by Dohnányi’s work. With an exhilarating building of intensity, Dohnányi rewards the listener with a resounding conclusion to a dynamic work of art, bringing the 39th CCCMF season to a sparkling close.                               


Program:  Finale Fireworks

The Parker Quartet:  Daniel Chong, violin; Ying Xue, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

Jon Manasse, clarinet; Jon Nakamatsu, piano


Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1932)

Andante con dolore, molt’espressione




MAURICE RAVEL (1875 – 1937)

Quartet in F Major (1903)

Allegro moderato; Très doux

Assez vif; Très rythmé

Très lent­­

Vif et agité

ERNŐ DOHNÁNYI (1877 – 1960)

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


Scherzo:  Allegro vivace; Trio

Adagio, quasi andante

Finale:  Allegro animato


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.

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2018 season, performers, mission and venues, visit, 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, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.