30th Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Weekend Program to Celebrate Music by Composers When They Were 30 Years Old
Contact: Don Buxton 410 819-0380
or Bill Geoghegan 410 822-6554
For 30 years, Chesapeake Chamber Music has added greatly to the quality of life on the Eastern Shore. Its Chamber Music Festival opens the summer season in great style, and its Monty Alexander Jazz Festival winds up the season in similar style on Labor Day Weekend. This year’s 30th Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival celebrates its leadership, Founding Artistic Directors J. Lawrie Bloom and Marcy Rosen, and executive director Don Buxton, who have been the heart and soul of the organization since its modest start in 1986.
Artistic Directors, Marcy Rosen and J. Lawrie Bloom have designed a spectacular program and added a twist: many of the programs include works written by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others when they were 30 years old. The Avalon Theatre concert on Friday, June 12 at 8 p.m. will feature the Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 by Ludwig van Beethoven. First performed in 1800 as a dual premiere with his Symphony No. 1, the Septet was dedicated to Empress Maria Theresa, the second wife of Franz II. This represented a calculated political move on the part of the 30-year old Beethoven who stood to benefit from ties to Vienna’s elite. It is a lighthearted work in the style of the eighteenth century serenade but expanded through substantial introductions to the first and final movements and altered by replacing the second minuet with a scherzo. While Beethoven regretted the popularity of his Septet in E-flat major, it circulated in a number of editions and in a wide variety of arrangements for various instrumental ensembles. Today, it is regarded as, perhaps, the finest septet ever written. This piece will feature chamber musicians Daniel Phillips, Dimitri Murrath, Peter Stumpf, Anthony Manzo, J. Lawrie Bloom, Adrian Morejon, and David Jolley.
The weekend concerts continue with a concert, “Winds Off the Bay, Part II” on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Centreville, MD. This concert will feature works by Theodor Blumer, Katherine Ann Murdock, Pavel Haas, and Richard Strauss. Born into the family of a Jewish shoemaker in Brno, Czechoslavakia in 1899, Pavel Haas was, perhaps, the most notable student of Leoš Janáček. Following his enrollment at Brno Conservatory which spanned the years 1919-1921, Haas went on to complete two years of study in the masterclass of Janáček. Haas comingles the traditions of Czech and Moravian folksong, Jewish chant, and jazz. Haas’s Wind Quintet, Op. 10, completed in 1929 when Haas was 30 years old, was dedicated to the Moravian Wind Quintet. The concert will feature chamber musicians Tara Helen O’Connor, Peggy Pearson, J. Lawrie Bloom, Adrian Morejon, and David Jolley.
A concert on Sunday, June 14 at 4 p.m. at a new venue, the Talbot Country Club, will feature works by Mozart, Tison Street, and Johannes Brahms. By the time Mozart composed Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K.502, at age 30, it was apparent that the genre was well on the way to becoming a standard form. In fact, this particular trio along with four others is considered to be among the first of the mature piano trios. While there is evidence from the original manuscripts that even Mozart wrestled to produce an acceptable result, he undoubtedly achieved in this piano trio a flawless addition to the chamber music repertoire in every sense of the word. This piece will feature chamber musicians Diane Walsh, Robin Scott, and Marcy Rosen. The concert will take place at the Talbot Country’s Club, offering peaceful views of the Tred Avon River. A reception will follow the concert.
The 30th Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival is being held in Easton, MD and other Mid Shore locations through June 21, 2015. Generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Chamber Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. For additional information on the Festival, visit www.ChesapeakeChamberMusic.org or call 410 819-0380.
Captions – Faces of Chamber Music:
#1: J. Lawrie Bloom, Artistic Director, clarinet
#2 Marcy Rosen, Artistic Director, cello
#3: Anthony Manzo, bass (Photo by Bill Geoghegan)
#4: Danny Phillips, violin (Photo by Bill Geoghegan)
#5: Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
#6: Peggy Pearson, oboe
#7: Catherine Cho, violin and viola
#8: Chamber musicians at last year’s Brahm’s concert at St. Michaels High School Auditorium, many who have returned for this year’s Festival 30, including J. Lawrie Bloom, Artistic Director, clarinet; Marcy Rosen, Artistic Director, cello; David Jolley, French Horn; Anthony Manzo, bass; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; Danny Phillips, violin; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; and Peggy Pearson, oboe. (Photo by Bill Geoghegan)