Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Honors Volunteer Service
Contact: Don Buxton (410) 819-0380
or Amy Steward (410) 829-0436
Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, held June 5 through June 19, showcased favorite composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Haydn, and Busoni, while featuring such new performers as BLOCK4, a London-based recorder quartet who won the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. Audiences experienced extraordinary performances at a variety of venues, both historical sites and contemporary halls.
More than 100 volunteers supported the two-week Festival, now it its 31st year as ushers, selling and taking tickets, and handling all aspects of concert management. Chesapeake Music Executive Director Don Buxton comments, “We couldn’t offer this Festival without our volunteers. The community support for the Festival is invaluable in terms of financial support, housing musicians, and offering venues in which our artists perform.”
Sponsors of this year’s Festival included the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enabled Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals. On Labor Day Weekend, Chesapeake Music will sponsor the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. For further information about Chesapeake Music, visit chesapeakemusic.org.
#1: Pictured is one of the concerts at the Historic Avalon Theatre, left to right are Peggy Pearson, Harrison Hollingsworth, Wei-Ping Chou, J. Lawrie Bloom, and Ieva Jokubaviciute on piano (Photo by Janet Kerr, Courtesy of Talbot Camera Club)
#2: A special tribute was given to Michael Bracy, outgoing president of Chesapeake Music for his 17 years of service, as a Board Member, Treasurer and President, to Chesapeake Music. Pictured left to right are Michael Bracy, Ella Bracy, and Don Buxton, Executive Director of Chesapeake Music. (Photo by Amy Blades Steward)
#3: Pictured left to right are Kaye Dutrow, recipient of the 2016 Chesapeake Music Volunteer Award with outgoing President of Chesapeake Music Michael Bracy. (Photo by Amy Blades Steward)