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Palm Beach Chamber Music Summer Festival Returns

Stephen Brown

The sounds of summer are poised for a cultural awakening as the twenty-third season of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Summer Festival strikes a chord July 3-27. The four-week festival charts a course throughout Palm Beach County, playing three different recital halls and theaters each weekend in order to bring classical music to the public, all the while giving local musicians an opportunity to play chamber music during the summer months.

string quartet - Palm Beach Chamber Music Summer Festival

This season, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Summer Festival will take musicians to Palm Beach Atlantic’s Helen K. Persson Recital Hall on Fridays (Thursday in the case of July 3), Palm Beach State College’s Eissey Campus Theatre on Saturdays, and Delray Beach Center for the Arts’ Crest Theatre on Sundays to round out the musical festivities. Each week the program shifts to incorporate a new and diverse field of classics, highlighting three to four musical works from the masters, while giving the audience a more intimate and personal musical experience. 

   Described as a musical conversation, chamber music composition takes a relatively small number of musicians and blends their complementary parts into a whole, testing not only their musical abilities but social graces as well. The artistic contribution of each can be measured, unlike an orchestra, where individual play is often lost in the sheer number of musicians. Chamber music’s long lineage has emerged from baroque trios and opulent palace soirees, evolved with the Age of Enlightenment, weathered the Industrial Revolution to find sure footing in the age of the Romantics, was gripped with the wave of Nationalism, and marched on into the Modern era, where the new world began to make its musical presence known.

   The 2014 Palm Beach Chamber Music Summer Festival pulls from a diverse and talented pool of musicians from all over the world. The Palm Beach Chamber’s twenty-third season will cover compositions from all over the musical map, giving new meaning to the expression "summer soundtrack."

  • Tickets for the Palm Beach Chamber Music Summer Festival cost $25 per person per program (subscriptions cost $85 for each location).
  • To purchase, call the box office at 800-330-6874, or click here.

 

Concerts will be held at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Helen K. Perrson Recital Hall on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Palm Beach State College’s Eissey Campus Theatre on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square’s Crest Theatre on Sundays at 2 p.m. The weekly program of performances is as follows:

 

Week One:

  • Malcolm Arnold (1921–2006) Trio for Flute, Viola and Bassoon, Op. 6
  • Herbert Howells (1892–1983) Rhapsodic Quintet for clarinet and string quartet, Op. 31
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) Septet No. 2 in C major 'Military', Op. 114 for flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, bass and piano

Week Two:

  • W.A. Mozart (1756–1791) Quartet in F major, K. 370/K. 368b for oboe, violin, viola and cello
  • Alexis Roland-Manuel (1891–1966) Suite dans le goût espagnol for oboe, bassoon, trumpet and piano
  • Eugene Goossens (1893–1962)Suite, Op. 6 for flute, violin and harp
  • Ernst von Dohnányi (1877–1960) Sextet in C major, Op. 37 for clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and piano

Week Three:

  • Franz Schubert (1797–1828) Quartettsatz in c minor, D. 703 for string quartet
  • James Stephenson (b. 1969) La Viaggio Vita for trumpet, violin and piano
  • Claude-Paul Taffanel (1844–1908) Wind Quintet in g minor for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn
  • James Stephenson (b. 1969) La Viaggio Vita for trumpet, violin and piano
  • George Onslow (1784–1853) – Nonet in a minor, Op. 77 for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and bass

Week Four:

  • Manuel de Falla (1876–1946) Suite of Old Spanish Songs for trumpet and piano
  • Jean Françaix (1912–1997) Quintette No. 2 for flute, harp, violin, viola and cello
  • Mikhail Glinka (1804–1857) – Trio Pathe?tique in d minor for clarinet, bassoon and piano
  • Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) – String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44, No. 1

 

Artists include:

Core Artists

  • Flute: Karen Fuller Dixon
  • Clarinet: Michael Forte
  • Bassoon: Michael Ellert
  • Horn: Ellen Tomasiewicz
  • Trumpet: Marc Reese
  • Piano: Lisa Leonard
  • Violin: Dina Kostic
  • Violin: Mei Mei Luo
  • Viola: Rene Reder
  • Cello: Susan Moyer Bergeron
  • Bass: Jason Lindsay

Guest Artists

  • Oboe: Erika Yamada
  • Bassoon: Gabriel Beavers
  • Bassoon: Matthew Corey
  • Bassoon: Fernando Traba
  • Harp: Deborah Fleisher

 

Helen K. Perrson Recital Hall

Palm Beach Atlantic University

901 S. Flagler Dr.

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

 

Eissey Campus Theatre

Palm Beach State College

11051 Campus Dr.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

561-207-5900

 

Crest Theatre

Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square

51 n. Swinton Ave.

Delray Beach, FL 33444

561-243-7922, ext. 1

 

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