Favorites Return to the 2016 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
Contact: Don Buxton (410) 819-0380
or Amy Steward (410) 829-0436
On Sunday, June 5 the 31st Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Festival will begin a two-week run of chamber music concerts, Artist Showcases, open rehearsals, culminating with the Angels Concert. The week will begin with Sunday’s concert at 5:30 p.m. at Christ Church in Easton, with a special appearance by the District5 Wind Quintet, a group new to the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, and will end on Saturday, June 11 at 4:00 p.m. with a concert at the Academy Art Museum in Easton featuring returning favorite La Fenice.
Specializing in contemporary works and original transcriptions, District5 has developed a unique repertoire that showcases the virtuosity, colors, and endless possibilities of the wind quintet. District5 has recently performed at the U.S. Department of State, the Barns at Wolf Trap, Capital Fringe: Music in the Library, the Washington Arts Club, NextNOW Fest, and on the Common Tone and Kent Chamber Series. This summer they will serve as Ensemble-in-Residence for the University of Maryland’s High School Music Academy. District5 was a finalist at the 2015 Savvy Chamber Competition and was the Fellowship Wind Quintet at the University of Maryland from 2013 to 2015.
Over the last 31 years, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival has created a musical family with a number of artists coming back year after year. Festival Artistic Director Marcy Rosen and a member of La Fenice comments that the “regular” players love coming to the Festival and look forward to being on the Eastern Shore each summer. She adds, “This year, Yura Lee, who was last with us in 2010, is returning. She’s been so busy we had to set her dates with us two years in advance!”
Several musical couples return to the Festival year after year, including Todd Phillips and Catherine Cho, Tara Helen O’Connor and Daniel Phillips, and Maria Lambros and Michael Kannen. Lambros and Kannen, both on the faculty of Peabody, have shared their love of chamber music with the Eastern Shore for the last 22 years, with one or both performing at the annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.
Kannen, a cellist, who has not appeared as often as his wife at the Festival, is returning this year. He will perform with his wife Maria, a violist, at the Artist Showcase II at the Oxford Community Center on June 9 and at the concert at the Academy Art Museum on June 11. He comments, “This is a home game and we have very warm feelings toward Easton. The key to the Festival’s success is the way the community has embraced it. So many people care about this festival – the volunteers, the staff, the musicians, the sponsors and the audience – the community really owns it. When I think of a community music festival, I always think of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.”
Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will be held in Talbot County from June 5 through June 19, 2016. 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 public. Tickets are available online at ChesapeakeMusic.org or by calling 410 819-0380.
Photo #1: Maria Lambros (pictured right) and her husband Michael Kannen (pictured left) are one of several musical couples to perform at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival from June 5 through June 19, 2016 in Talbot County. The couple, both on the faculty of Peabody will perform during Week One of the Festival at the Artist Showcase II at the Oxford Community Center on June 9 and at the concert at the Academy Art Museum on June 11.
Photo #2: Pictured is District5, one of the new chamber music ensembles to play at the 2016 Chamber Music Festival in Easton.
Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival – Week One
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