The Meeting House Chamber Music Festival is the longest-running music festival on Cape Cod for a reason, and this summer will prove it once again. The exciting season ahead will open in two Cape Cod locations on consecutive days: Sunday, June 19, at 4 pm at Congregational Church in Chatham, and Monday, June 20, 7:30 pm at Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal, Orleans. The series runs through July 25.
The 43rd season of the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival includes an extraordinary mix of great music from different periods and countries around the world. Donald Enos, the festival’s founder, artistic director, and pianist will lead a cadre of musicians that includes internationally acclaimed soloists Amit Peled and Irina Muresanu, as well as the finest musicians from this region.
The opening concert, “Trios, Concertos & More,” exemplifies the festival’s vision of chamber music as “the art form that gives us full-fledged masterpieces on a human scale.” Two Baroque masterpieces (from Vivaldi and Albinoni), an oboe and bassoon duo from the most prominent Latin American composer of his generation (Villa-Lobos), a trio from one of the most versatile musicians in the world today (André Previn)—these are among the delights Cape Cod audiences will experience in this first of seven festival concerts.
Also among the season’s highlights will be a “Meet the Artist” concert by the Israeli-American cellist and virtuoso Amit Peled, who
will perform in Orleans on Friday, June 24, at 7:30 pm. The virtuoso will play Pablo Casals’ cello, made by Matteo Goffriller in 1733 and now on loan to Peled from Casals’ widow and the Casals Foundation.
On Tuesday, July 5, the sensational violinist Irina Muresanu will present “Four Seasons,” a selection of music from Beethoven, Ned Rorem, Vivaldi, William Bolcom. Attached is a full listing of the festival’s concerts and locations.
As the season unfolds, the line-up of outstanding instrumentalists will include violinists Joyce Hammann, Katie Lansdale, Heather Goodchild Wade; cellists Bo Ericsson and Matthias Naegele; hornist Lee Wadenpfuhl; bassoonist Nanci Belmont and oboist Stuart Breczinski,
The Meeting House Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1973 by Donald Enos, who also holds the position of Wesley DeLacy Chair in Perpetuity with the Cape Symphony Orchestra. “What distinguishes us,” explains Mr. Enos, “is that we create a moving experience for our audiences—not only for our long-time fans, but also for people experiencing chamber music for the first time.” In a region rich in musical offerings, the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival is a standout with creative programming and superb musicianship that has touched and inspired audiences for more than forty years.
The Meeting House Chamber Festival is grateful for the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cape Cod 5 Foundation, and the Mary-Louise and Ruth N. Eddy Foundation.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Single ticket: $25 (under 18 free). 7-Concert Series: $110. For advance ticket sales, please call Nancy Hall at 508.255.3159. A complete listing of concerts is available below and on the festival’s website: http://www.meetinghousemusic.org