Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival



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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Bridgehampton, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Associates, Inc.
850 Seventh Avenue, Suite 700
New York, NY 10019 USA
Phone: (01) 212-741-9073
Fax: (01) 212-741-9403
Email: info@bcmf.org

Festival Description

Pre-eminent in Long Island and one of the leading summer music festivals in the nation, the adventurous Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival once again draws a brilliant lineup of musicians to participate in its 28th season, slated to take place from Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, August 21st, 2011. Festival founder and Artistic Director flutist Marya Martin, pianist Jeremy Denk, violinist Ani Kavafian, violist Misha Amory, cellist Fred Sherry, clarinetist Anthony McGill; jazz-fusion guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and string quartet Brooklyn Rider are among the stellar roster of artists performing this year. Others include the current and former members of the Borromeo, Mendelssohn, and Parker quartets, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the International Contemporary Ensemble; as well as principal players of the New YorkPhilharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and other major orchestras.

A highlight of this year’s Festival will be the May release on Albany Records of “Marya Martin Plays Ewazen” featuring Eric Ewazen’s new Sonata No. 1 for Flute and Piano and other works performed by Ms. Martin and Festival musicians. A notable American composer who studied under Milton Babbitt, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Mr. Ewazen has had his works widely played internationally, including by such ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Principal Chairs ensembles, and the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. On August 14th, Ms. Martin will perform the world premiere of Mr. Ewazen’s Sonata No. 1 for Flute and Piano.

Committed to presenting a wide variety of music with emphasis on American composers, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival blends masterworks of the chamber repertoire with less familiar works by composers of all periods. Commissions have included works by Bruce Adolphe, Kenji Bunch, Bruce MacCombie, Mark O’Connor, Ned Rorem, and 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec. American composers whose music has been featured by Bridgehampton Chamber Music include Amy Beach, Robert Beaser, Derek Bermel, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, George Crumb, John Corigliano, Henry Cowell, David Del Tredici, David Diamond, Eric Ewazen, Arthur Foote, Lukas Foss, Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Phil Kline, Jonathan Kramer, Marc Mellits, Edgar Meyer, Quincy Porter, Kevin Puts, Steve Reich, George Rochberg, Peter Schickele, Roberto Sierra, Paul Schoenfield, William Schuman, Frederic Rzewski, Evan Ziporyn and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Festival Dates July 24 - August 18, 2013
Festival Links

http://www.bcmf.org/

Festival Story:

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has come to be recognized as one of the leading summer festivals in the nation. Each summer, with increasing scope and frequency, it has presented world-class musicians in inventive programs that offer an engaging mix of classical masterworks and contemporary compositions. It has also become known for commissioning new works from some of the best of contemporary composers.

Founded by flutist Marya Martin in 1984 as a two-concert series, the Festival now spans four weeks and will present thirteen concerts. Each year musicians and audiences return to the intimate sanctuary of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church to experience the special camaraderie that is achieved by good friends making great music in a venue that is in close proximity to the East End’s beautiful beaches. In 2006, the Festival introduced a new music series called BCMF: offbeat which has become a regular feature of the Festival. This year the special one-hour Pre-Dinner Concert, which was inaugurated in 2007, will be offered again. All performances at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival are recorded for later broadcast on American Public Radio’s Performance Today.

Artists have included violinists Pamela Frank, Mark O’Connor, Adela Pena, Martin Beaver, Todd Phillips, and Soovin Kim; the violists Cynthia Phelps, Michael Tree, Lawrence Dutton, and Misha Amory; cellists Carter Brey, Timothy Eddy, Clive Greensmith, and Peter Wiley; bassist Edgar Meyer; pianists Claude Frank, Joyce Yang, Ursula Oppens, and Pablo Ziegler; harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper; the late flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal; oboists Stephen Taylor and John Snow; clarinetist David Shifrin; French hornist Erik Ralske, and Tony-award winning singers Audra McDonald and Victoria Clark.

Committed to presenting a breadth of music with special attention to American composers, Bridgehampton Chamber Music blends masterworks of the chamber repertoire with less familiar and newly discovered works by composers of all periods. Commissions have included works by Bruce Adolphe, Kenji Bunch, Bruce MacCombie, Mark O’Connor, Ned Rorem, and 2004 Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec. American composers whose music has been featured by Bridgehampton Chamber Music include Amy Beach, Robert Beaser, Leonard Bernstein, George Crumb, John Corigliano, Henry Cowell, David Del Tredici, David Diamond, Eric Ewazen, Arthur Foote, Lukas Foss, Jonathan Kramer, Edgar Meyer, Quincy Porter, George Rochberg, Peter Schickele, Roberto Sierra, William Schuman, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

In 1991, Bridgehampton Chamber Music released its debut recording, featuring one of the Rorem commissions, on the New World Records label. The Festival documented their landmark 20th Anniversary with a recording released in the summer of 2003 to much critical acclaim. A new release 25th Anniversary recording featuring commissions by Paul Moravec will be released on the Naxos label in September 2008. Today the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival continues the commissions, recordings, and performances that have garnered the attention of audiences worldwide.

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Festival Events:

Programming 2011:
  • Thursday, July 28 – Free Outdoor Concert, Baroque and Blues
    Venue: Bridgehampton Historical Society, 2368 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); Jesse Mills (violin); Jeffrey Beecher (double bass); Pedja Muzijevic (piano); Ayano Kataoka (percussion)
    • Claude Bolling: Suite No. 1 for Flute and Jazz Trio (1975)
    • Claude Bolling: Suite for Violin and Jazz Trio (1977)
  • Saturday, July 30 – Benefit Concert, Four Seasons/Two Lands
    Venue: Atlantic Golf Club, 1040 Scuttle Hole Road
    Time: 6:30pm
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); David Bowlin, Ani Kavafian, Jesse Mills, (violin); Nicholas Cords (viola); Michael Nicolas (cello); Jeffrey Beecher (double bass); Paolo Bordignon (harpsichord)
    • Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in D Major, RV 429
    • Astor Piazzolla: Spring from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
    • Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons
    • Astor Piazzolla: Autumn from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
    • Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons
  • Sunday, July 31 – Undisputed Masterpieces
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30pm
    Tickets: $50, $40
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); David Bowlin Ani Kavafian, Jesse Mills (violin); Nicholas Cords (viola); Michael Nicolas (cello); Orion Weiss (piano)
    • Schubert: Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703
    • Berio: Duetti for Two Violins (1983)
    • Roussel: Trio for Flute, Viola and Cello, Op. 40
    • Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
  • Thursday, August 4 – Historical Firsts
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 7:30pm
    Tickets: $45, $35
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); John Snow (oboe); Jose Franch-Ballester (clarinet); Peter Kolkay (bassoon); Stewart Rose (horn); Ani Kavafian, Arnaud Sussmann (violin); Nicholas Cords (viola); Edward Arron (cello); Jeffrey Beecher (double bass); Jeewon Park (piano)
    • Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
    • Kenji Bunch: Changes of Phase for Woodwind Quintet (1999 BCMF Commission)
    • Spohr: Nonet in F Major, Op. 31
  • Saturday, August 6 – Saturday Soiree, From Bohemia with Love
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    Tickets: $30
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); John Snow (oboe); Jose Franch-Ballester (clarinet); Peter Kolkay (bassoon); Stewart Rose (horn); Arnaud Sussmann (violin); Misha Amory (viola); Edward Arron (cello); Jeewon Park,
    Gilles Vonsattel (piano)
    • Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
    • Dvořák: Slavonic Dance in E Minor for Piano Four Hands, Op. 72, No. 2
    • Dvořák: Silent Woods for Piano Four Hands, Op. 68, No. 5
    • Dvořák: Slavonic Dance in C Major for Piano Four Hands, Op. 46, No. 1
    • Martinů: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola, H. 313
    • Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds
  • Sunday, August 7 – Schubert and Beyond
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30pm
    Tickets: $50, $40
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); John Snow (oboe); Jose Franch-Ballester (clarinet); Peter Kolkay (bassoon); Stewart Rose (horn); Arnaud Sussmann (violin); Misha Amory (viola); Edward Arron (cello); Jeewon Park, Gilles Vonsattel (piano)
    • Schubert: Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F Major, D. 487
    • Paul Moravec: Wind Quintet (2010)
    • Chausson: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 30
  • Thursday, August 11 – BCMF: offbeat, Brooklyn Rider
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
    Tickets: $30
    Artists: Brooklyn Rider – Colin Jacobsen, Johnny Gandelsman (violin); Nicholas Cords (viola); Eric Jacobsen (cello)
    • Colin Jacobsen: Achille’s Heel (2009)
    • Don Byron: Four Thoughts on Marvin Gaye (2006)
    • Philip Glass: Quartet No. 3, Mishima (1985)
    • Colin Jacobsen: Sheriff’s Lied, Sheriff’s Freude (2008)
  • Friday, August 12 – Wm. Brian Little Concert, Gypsy Traveler
    Venue: Channing Sculpture Garden, 1927 Scuttle Hole Road
    Time: 6:00pm Wine tasting and appetizers, 7:00pm Concert
    Tickets: $150, $100
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute), Alexander Fiterstein (clarinet), Colin Jacobsen, Jessica Lee, Soovin Kim (violin), Daniel Panner (viola), Eric Bartlett (cello), Kurt Muroki (double bass), Rieko Aizawa (piano)
    Special Guests: Stephane Wrembel Band – Stephane Wrembel, Roy Williams (guitar), Dave Speranza (double bass), David Langlois (washboard/percussion)
    • Bartók: Romanian Dances (Selections)
    • Osvaldo Golijov: Lullaby and Doina
    • Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25 (Rondo alla Zingarese)
    • Django Reinhardt: Clair de Lune, Dark Eyes, Les Deux Guitares, Minor Swing, Nuages
    • Wrembel: Bistro Fada from Woody Allen’s upcoming film Midnight in Paris; Big Brother from Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Indifference
  • Sunday, August 14 – Untold Pleasures
    Venue:Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30pm
    Tickets: $50, $40
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); Daniel Chong (violin); Daniel Panner (viola); Michael Nicolas (cello); Rieko Aizawa (piano)
    • Eric Ewazen: Sonata No. 1 for Flute and Piano (World Premiere)
    • Dohnányi: Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in C Major, Op. 10
    • Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 3
  • Thursday, August 18 – Rich Reflections
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 7:30pm
    Tickets: $45, $35
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); Anthony McGill (clarinet); Yura Lee, Jesse Mills (violin); Richard O’Neill (viola); Fred Sherry (cello); Jeremy Denk (piano)
    • Dvořák: Miniatures for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 75a
    • Ives: Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano
    • Rorem: The Unquestioned Answer for Flute, Two Violins, Cello and Piano (2002 BCMF Commission)
    • Mozart: Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581
  • Saturday, August 20 – Saturday Soiree, Midsummer Melodies
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm
    Tickets: $30
    Artists: Marya Martin (flute); Anthony McGill (clarinet); Steven Copes, Yura Lee (violin); Hsin-Yun Huang (viola); Peter Stumpf (cello); Inon Barnatan, Jeremy Denk (piano)
    • Schubert: Sonatina No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Piano, D. 384
    • Bartók: Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
    • Schumann: Märchenerzählungen for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 132
  • Sunday, August 21 – Joyous Finale
    Venue: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway
    Time: 6:30pm
    Tickets: $50, $40
    Artists: Steven Copes, Yura Lee (violin); Hsin-Yun Huang (viola); Peter Stumpf (cello); Donald Palma (double bass); Inon Barnatan, Jeremy Denk (piano)
    • Beethoven: String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3
    • Kevin Puts: Four Airs for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (2004)
    • Schubert: Quintet in A Major for Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Piano, D. 667 , Trout

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Venues 2011:
  • Atlantic Golf Club
    • 1040 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, NY
  • Bridgehampton Historical Society
    • 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY
  • Channing Sculpture Garden
    • Enter at Channing Daughters Winery: 1927 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, NY
  • The Presbyterian Church of Bridgehampton
    • 2429 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY

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