Beat goes on at Cape May Music Festival in June

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CAPE MAY—The emphasis will be on jazz as the Cape May Music Festival enters the second phase of its three week series on Thursday night, June 2 at 8 p.m. at Cape May’s Presbyterian Church, corner of Hughes and Decatur Streets.

Back for a reprise performance on that night will be the Babatunde Lea Quartet with a program of Afro-Cuban jazz. Lea, a showman as well as a musician, is an honored drummer-percussionist whose music is steeped in the rhythms of African diaspora.

The beat goes on Sunday, June 5, also at 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, when local favorite George Mesterhazy walks across the street from the Merion Inn where he performs regularly to present a concert with singer Paula Johns and Mesterhazy’s trio at the church.

Pianist Mesterhazy performed nationally and abroad with jazz legend Shirley Horn until her death in 2005 and his performances and arranging have earned him two Grammy nominations

Tickets for the Lea and Mesterhazy concerts are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and $10 for students.

The second phase of the series sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities, ends on Tuesday night, June 7 when the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players present two mini-concerts at 8 and 9 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Streets. Musicians featured will be Brennan Sweet and Fatima Aaziza, violins; Brett Deubner, viola, and Stephen Fang, cello.

The programs will include the music of Haydn, Bartok and Ravel. Tickets for each mini-concert are $10 general admission, $7.50 for seniors and $2.50 for students.

For more information, call 609-884-5404.

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