Chamber Music Festival premiere sends personal message of gratitude

Imani Winds (L to R), Mark Dover, Clarinet; Brandon Patrick George, Flute; Monica Ellis, Bassoon; Kevin Newton, French Horn; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, Oboe, courtesy image

THE BARNSTABLE PATRIOT – Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival is back on stage Aug. 3 – 13 for its 42nd season of world-class performances in nine concerts over two weeks.

Featuring performances by artistic directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu, the Escher Quartet with Brian Zeger, and Imani Winds, the festival offers audiences a  choice of three atmospheric venues: The historic, 300-year-old First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, picturesque Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor’s Center in Eastham, and the Cotuit Center for the Arts. 

The festival kicks off with a concert “In Celebration of Our Audience” performed by Artistic Directors Jon Manasse (clarinet) and Jon Nakamatsu (piano).

CCCMF New Executive Director Paul Schwendener,
courtesy image

“Our wonderful festival audience has shown incredible dedication and optimism, despite the difficulties of the past year,” say the two artistic directors about the program. “We conceived of this first concert as a personal message of gratitude for their support and a celebration of live chamber music returning to the Cape. We are thrilled to offer a season of programs including established masterpieces and exciting discoveries.” 

This is incoming Executive Director Paul Schwendener’s first season at CCCMF, succeeding Elaine Lipton, who is retiring from the position she has held since 2006.

“It is an honor to carry on the great tradition of this festival, and I am delighted to work together with Elaine, the Board, and with Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse to ensure a smooth transition back to concert life in these challenging times,” Schwendener said in a press release.

CCCMF Executive Director Emeritus Elaine Lipton, courtesy image

In the interest of public health and safety,, concerts will be one hour in length with no intermission, and will abide by local guidelines to ensure a safe concert environment. Tickets are available by phone at 508-247-9400 and at

About the festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. The festival was founded by the late Samuel Sanders to establish a continuous presence of first-rate chamber music concerts on Cape Cod.

CCCMF Artistic Directors Jon Manasse (left) and Jon Nakamatsu (right), image by Artist Management Group

As the Festival enters its 42nd season, it excels under the leadership of its Artistic Directors, the team of Jon Manasse (clarinetist) and Jon Nakamatsu (pianist), both acclaimed musicians who represent the top ranks of American chamber music. Together with CCCMF staff, an active Board of Directors and more than 60 local volunteers they bring a stellar mosaic of talent to the Cape.

In addition to its annual summer season of concerts, community and school outreach programs and an annual benefit in New York, it partners with local cultural organizations for educational programs and fundraising. More info at, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook.

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