Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival 31 Offers New Faces and Familiar Friends

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2016
Contact: Don Buxton (410) 819-0380
or Amy Steward (410) 829-0436

District5

Pictured is District 5, one of the new chamber music ensembles to play at the 2016 Chamber Music Festival in Easton.

Pictured is Lev Mamuya, a nineteen-year old cellist attending a dual degree program at the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University, whose musical composition “loosely turing” will have its world premiere at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition on June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum.

Pictured is Lev Mamuya, a nineteen-year old cellist attending a dual degree program at the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University, whose musical composition “loosely turing” will have its world premiere at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition on June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum.

The 31st Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Festival will be held in Easton, MD from June 5 through June 19, 2016.  Two music-filled weeks of concerts, Artist Showcases, open rehearsals, and the Angels Concert, feature new and returning artists from the world stage, diverse musical ensembles, familiar classics, as well as a world premiere. Festival goers will enjoy this year’s addition of a pre-concert discussion, concerts followed by dinner or cocktails, as well as the ambiance of a new historical venue.

On Sunday June 5, the Festival begins its two-week run, offering six concerts, four Artist Showcases, and two free rehearsals open to the public. The 13 events will occur in Easton, Oxford and St. Michaels. Venues include the newly-renovated Christ Church in Easton and the historic Christ Church in St. Michaels, as well as such returning favorites as The Avalon Theatre, the Academy Art Museum, Trinity Cathedral in Easton, the state-of-the-art performing space at the Oxford Community Center, and St. Michaels High School Performing Arts Theatre.

Over the last 31 years, Festival Artistic Directors Mary Rosen and J. Lawrie Bloom have built a musical family at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. While a number of the artists come back year after year, there are also always new faces at the Festival which bring excitement to the musical offerings. Twenty-one artists will perform this year, including 19 returning artists, along with some newcomers to the Eastern Shore Festival scene, including Michael Kannen on cello, Ara Gregorian on violin/viola, Harrison Hollingsworth on bassoon, and Wei-Ping Chou on french horn. A special appearance by the District5 Wind Quintet on opening night sets the tone for escaping the ordinary to experience this extraordinary two-week musical journey.

Artistic Director J. Lawrie Bloom comments, “We love to have players back with whom we have played many times in many places.  Not only are we friends, looking forward to spending time together, but there is an immediate comfort level playing with people that you have played with so much.” He adds, “But we also love the infusion of energy and spirit of new players with whom we may or may not have worked somewhere else.  It creates a nice balance for us as players, and we think that communicates to the audience as well.”

This year’s Festival will also offer attendees the opportunity to experience such favorites musical pieces as Beethoven’s Opus 1, while also enjoying new offerings such as the exciting world premiere of Lev Mamuya Quintet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and two Celli. It will be a time to connect with old friends and to make new friends as these talented musicians become a part of our community.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit www.ChesapeakeMusic.org or call 410 819-0380.

 

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
June 5-19, 2016

WEEK 1

Sunday, June 5th at 5:30 p.m.
Opening Concert:  Christ Church, Easton
Artists: District5 Wind Quintet

Tuesday, June 7th at 5:30 p.m.
Artist Showcase I:  Academy Art Museum, Easton
Artists: Maria Lambros, J. Lawrie Bloom, Diane Walsh

Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m.
Open Rehearsal:  Academy Art Museum, Easton

Thursday, June 9th at 5:30 PM
Artist Showcase II:  Oxford Community Center, Oxford
Artists: Catherine Cho, Yura Lee, Ara Gregorian, Maria Lambros, and Michael Kannen

Friday, June 10th at 8:00 p.m.
Concert: Avalon Theatre, Easton
Artists: Diane Walsh, J. Lawrie Bloom, Michael Kannen, Peggy Pearson, Ara Gregorian, Yura Lee, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Catherine Cho, and Marcy Rosen

Saturday, June 11th at 4:00 p.m.
Concert: Academy Art Museum, Easton
Artists: La Fenice:  Diane Walsh, Catherine Cho, Maria Lambros, Marcy Rosen, Peggy Pearson with guest Michael Kannen

Sunday, June 12th at 4:00 p.m.
Concert: Christ Church, St. Michaels
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute, Yura Lee, Michael Kannen, J. Lawrie Bloom, Ara Gregorian, Marcy Rosen, and Diane Walsh
WEEK 2

Tuesday, June 14th at 10:00 a.m.
Open Rehearsal:  Academy Art Museum, Easton

Wednesday, June 15th at 5:30 p.m.
Artist Showcase III:  Trinity Cathedral, Easton
Artists: Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, Robert McDonald

Friday, June 17th at 8:00 p.m.
Concert: Avalon Theatre, Easton
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute, Peggy Pearson, J. Lawrie Bloom, Robert McDonald, Wei-Ping Chou, and Harrison Hollingsworth

Block4 – Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition Winners

Saturday, June 18th at 5:30 p.m.
Concert: St. Michaels High School, St. Michaels
Artists: Tara Helen O’Connor, Daniel Phillips, Maiya Papach, Peggy Pearson, Catherine Cho, Marcy Rosen, J. Lawrie Bloom, Anthony Manzo, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Wei-Ping Chou

Sunday, June 19th at 4:00 p.m.
Angels Concert:  Ingleton Manor
Artists: Catherine Cho, Daniel Phillips, Maiya Papach, Marcy Rosen, Ieva Jokubaviciute, Peggy Pearson, J. Lawrie Bloom, Harrison Hollingsworth, Wei-Ping Chou, and Tara Helen O’Connor

 

Week 1 Artists

Catherine Cho, Violin/Viola
Yura Lee, Violin/Viola
Ara Gregorian, Violin/Viola
Maria Lambros, Viola
Marcy Rosen, Cello
Michael Kannen, Cello
J. Lawrie Bloom, Clarinet
Peggy Pearson, Oboe
Diane Walsh, Piano
Ieva Jokubaviciute, Piano

 

Week 2 Artists

Catherine Cho, Violin/Viola
Daniel Phillips, Violin/Viola
Maiya Papach, Viola
Marcy Rosen, Cello
Anthony Manzo, Bass
Tara Helen O’Connor, Flute
J. Lawrie Bloom, Clarinet
Peggy Pearson, Oboe
Harrison Hollingsworth, Bassoon
Wei-Ping Chou, French Horn
Ieva Jokubaviciute, Piano
Robert McDonald, Piano

Artists and program selections are subject to change.

 

Captions:

#1: Pictured is District 5 Wind Quintet, one of the new chamber music ensembles to play at the 2016 Chamber Music Festival in Easton.

#2: Pictured is Lev Mamuya, a nineteen-year old cellist attending a dual degree program at the New England Conservatory of Music and Harvard University, whose musical composition “loosely turing” will have its world premiere at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition on June 11 at 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum.

 

 

 

 

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