Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Kicks Off This Weekend with New Venues and New Faces

Chesapeake Chamber Music’s 28th Annual Festival will run from June 2 through June 16, 2013, in Easton, Centreville and St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The two-week Festival will feature 13 events, including six concerts, five artist recitals and two rehearsals open to the public at no charge. J. Lawrie Bloom, Bass Clarinet of the Chicago Sym­phony Orchestra, and Marcy Rosen, a founding member of the world-re­nowned Mendelssohn String Quartet, continue as Artistic Directors and are bringing 20 artists from around the world, including many long-time favorites who are returning to the Festival along with a number of new faces.

This year’s Festival, held in Easton and at other Mid-Shore locations, will include two new venues during the first week. Trinity Cathedral on Goldsborough Street in Easton will host two recitals. The first recital on June 2 will feature the award-winning Trio Cavatina, including returning pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, along with new Festival artists Harumi Rhodes (violin) and Priscilla Lee (cello). They will perform selections from Fauré, Schumann, and Beethoven. The trio formed in 2005 and was first place winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Competition in 2009. The second recital on June 4 will showcase J. Lawrie Bloom on clarinet and Ieva Jokubaviciute on piano performing selections from Gade, Finzi, Busoni, and Debussy. The next new venue, River House at Easton Club, will feature an afternoon of music on June 8, including works by Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvořák, and new musical artists Dimitri Murrath (viola), Bella Hristova (violin), and Priscilla Lee (cello), as well as a number of favorite returning artists. The concert will feature aProvençal picnic afterwards. Both new venues offer unique surroundings to enhance the chamber music listening experience.

Other highlights of the first week include a recital at the Academy Art Museum on June 6 featuring new Festival artists Bella Hristova (violin) and Dimitri Murrath (viola), joining returning artists Maiya Papach (viola) and Robert McDonald (piano) with selections from Mozart, Brahms, and Knox. Hristova has performed with Pinchas Zukerman in the Bach Double Concerto at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo. The Washington Post said she “engages with natural command, tenderness and fervent virtuosity.”

The concert at the Avalon Theatre on June 7 includes Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-Flat, Opus 20, composed when he was just 16, along with selections from Bernstein and Suk, featuring clarinetist and Festival artistic director J. Lawrie Bloom. On June 9, the Festival will return to the historically significant St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville in a concert highlighted by two popular Mozart Quintets and works by Bolcom, featuring cellist and Festival artistic director Marcy Rosen and returning artists Catherine Cho (violin), Peggy Pearson (oboe), and Todd Phillips (violin). The church, which was a successful new Festival venue last year, boasts an extraordinary oak-vaulted ceiling shaped like the inverted hull of an early ship – a perfect location for enjoying chamber music works.

This year, there will be two open rehearsals on June 5 and June 12, both at 10 a.m. at the Academy Art Museum. Generous financial support from the business community and public enables Chesapeake Chamber Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. This year’s Festival is supported by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Star-Democrat, Benson & Mangold, and Wells Fargo Financial Advisors.

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Sunday, June 2, 5:30 pm
Trinity Cathedral, Easton
Recital: Trio Cavatina
Music: Gabriel Fauré, Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven

Tuesday, June 4, 5:30 pm
Trinity Cathedral, Easton
Recital: J. Lawrie Bloom, Clarinet, and Ieva Jokubaviciute, Piano
Music: Niels Gade, Gerald Finzi, Ferruccio Busoni, Claude Debussy
Wednesday, June 5, 10:00 am
Academy Art Museum
Open Rehearsal (Free)
Thursday, June 6, 5:30 pm
Academy Art Museum
Recital: Bella Hristova, Violin, Dmitri Murrath, Viola, Maiya Papach, Viola, and Robert McDonald, Piano
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Garth Knox, Johannes Brahms

Friday, June 7, 8:00 pm
Avalon Theatre, Easton
Concert, “Beautiful Beginnings”
Music: Josef Suk, Leonard Bernstein, Felix Mendelssohn

Saturday, June 8, 4:00 pm
Easton Club, River House
Concert, “Dvořák and More” and Provençale country picnic
Music: Strauss, Penderecki, Dvořák
Sunday, June 9. 4:00 pm
St. Paul’s Church, Centreville
Concert, “Mozart Sandwich”
Music: Mozart and Bolcom