The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities will present the 28th annual Cape May Music Festival Sunday through Thursday, May 28-June 15 at various venues.
Highlights of the festival’s first week include an Atlantic Brass Band performance, a symphony orchestra concert, a Bach’s Lunch and a chamber ensemble performance.
The 35-piece Atlantic Brass Band, fresh from winning the North American Brass Band Association Championship in March, will open the festival 7 p.m. Sunday at the Rotary Bandstand. Performing under the baton of Salvatore Scarpa, the band will present a rousing concert of American music, according to organizers. Admission is free.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players will present music from the classical repertoire for string quartets 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30 at Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets. The concert will include Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1 (1838) and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51 No. 2 (1873). Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students.
Members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony will perform a mini-concert as part of a Bach’s Lunch 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Admission is $30 and includes an elegant tea luncheon and concert under the tent.
On Thursday, June 1 the New York Chamber Ensemble will present “What’s This?” with guest Paul Woodiel, a chamber performance featuring instruments rarely heard in the classical repertoire. Woodiel plays hardanger fiddle, hurdy-gurdy and other instruments in performances of Hersant’s He´liades for Flute and Strings in three movements, Kvandal’s Quintet for Hardanger Fiddle and String Quartet op. 50 in two movements, Vivaldi’s le Printemps, and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87. The event takes place 8 p.m. at At the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Streets. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students.
The Friends of the Cape May Music Festival will present a “Getting to Know Us” Chamber Concert performed by members of the New York Chamber Ensemble 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom at the Emlen Physick Estate. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free for MAC members and $5 for nonmembers.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the preservation and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region. The Cape May Music Festival is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
For information or to purchase tickets call 609-884-5404 or see capemaymac.org.