Cape May Music Festival

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Cape May Music Festival 2012

Two and a half weeks of world-class orchestral and chamber music performances, as well as a world traditions series featuring American folk and Irish musicians, fill the nation's first seaside resort, Cape May, with sweet sounds during the 23rd annual Cape May Music Festival, funded by PNC Arts Alive and presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Since 1990, MAC has brought high quality musicians to Cape May for its flagship arts program. This year's festival is from Monday, May 28 through Thursday, June 14.

The newly constructed Cape May Convention Hall will host three Cape May Music Festival concerts: on May 31, Masters of the Celtic Harp, in a free concert - a gift to the community from the City of Cape May and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) - on June 3, George Mesterhazy & Friends, and on June 10, making her Cape May debut, Eilen Jewell, Queen of the Minor Key. The 23rd annual Cape May Music Festival is proud to welcome back acclaimed festival favorites, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, the New York Chamber Ensemble, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players and the Atlantic Brass Band. Also offered, Bach's Lunches at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom feature mini-concerts with members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.


Monday. May 28: 8pm

Rotary Bandstand, Lyle Lane

ATLANTIC BRASS BAND

Long a favorite with Cape May audiences, the 35-piece Atlantic Brass Band returns for a rousing concert of American music, a perfect end to the Memorial Day Weekend

 

Tuesday, May 29: 8pm

The Episcopal Church of the Advent

NEW YORK CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

MUSIC BY THE NUMBERS

One of the many beautiful attributes of chamber music is its very flexibility.  Watch the New York Chamber Ensemble grow through the evening, starting with an unaccompanied work, then a duo, trio, quartet, and ending with a spectacular quintet version of Haydn s famous Surprise Symphony

 

Thursday, May 31: 8pm

Location TBA

MASTERS OF THE CELTIC HARP with

MCDERMOTT'S HANDY

Quite simply, Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson are two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland. Combining their extraordinary talents on harp as well as concertina, tinwhistle and bouzouki, The Masters of the Celtic Harp, have been performing all over the country and dazzling audiences with their artistry. With demanding solo careers that often have them performing on different continents. McDermott's Handy (Kathy D'Angelo and Dennis Gormley) will be opening for The Masters of the Celtic Harp

 

Sunday, June 3: 8pm

Cape May Convention Hall

GEORGE MESTERHAZY & FRIENDS with special guest BABATUNDE LEA

Cape May's favorite Jazz pianist returns for another program from the pages of the Great American Songbook, with his trio mates Bob Shomo and Tim Lekan and vocalist Paula Johns with special guest Babatunde Lea

 

Tuesday, June 5: 8pm

Epsicopal Church of the Advent

NEW YORK CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

"M&M - Music of two young geniuses: Mozart and Mendelssohn

The New York Chamber Ensemble pays tribute to two brilliant, youthful geniuses of the 18th and 19th centuries

 

Thursday, June 7: 8pm

First Presbyterian Church of Cape May

BAY-ATLANTIC SYMPHONY

VIENNA DREAMS

 

Sunday, June 10: 8pm

Cape May Convention Hall

EILEN JEWELL

"Since her official 2006 debut, Boundary County, Jewell has surveyed a wide range of traditional musical styles, from the folk and jug band leanings of her early recordings, through an album-length homage to Loretta Lynn and the country gospel of her work with The Sacred Shakers, right up to 2009's Sea of Tears, which bristled with the electricity of '60s UK garage rock and Chicago blues. Queen of the Minor Key draws on everything from classic country (the fiddle-driven "Reckless") to early R&B

 

Tuesday June 12: 8pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

NEW YORK CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

TOP OF THE TWENTIETH

With Ariadne Greif, soprano and William Schimmel, accordion

The ideas flowed freely at the turn of the 20th century, as serious and popular music developed on their own but also began to merge in surprising new ways.  American jazz entered the musical lexicon while the borders between opera and musical theater became less and less clear.  Join young soprano Ariadne Greif, making her Cape May Festival debut, and our friend, accordionist William Schimmel, back by popular demand, as we explore this fascinating era in an entertaining evening of song and instrumental music.  Music of Cole Porter, Richard Strauss, Kurt Weill and more

 

Thursday, June 14: 8pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY

CHAMBER PLAYERS

New Jersey's premier players return to the Music Festival with a program of classics from the chamber repertoire


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