The 31st Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Festival will be held in Easton, MD from June 5 through June 19, 2016. Two music-filled weeks of concerts, Artist Showcases, open rehearsals, and the Angels Concert, feature new and returning artists from the world stage, diverse musical ensembles, familiar classics, as well as a world premiere. Festival goers will enjoy this year’s addition of a pre-concert discussion, concerts followed by dinner or cocktails, as well as the ambiance of a new historical venue.
On Sunday, the Festival begins its two-week run, offering six concerts, four Artist Showcases, and two free rehearsals open to the public. The 13 events will occur in Easton, Oxford and St. Michaels. Venues include the newly-renovated Christ Church in Easton and the historic Christ Church in St. Michaels, as well as such returning favorites as The Avalon Theatre, the Academy Art Museum, Trinity Cathedral in Easton, the state-of-the-art performing space at the Oxford Community Center, and St. Michaels High School Performing Arts Theatre.
Twenty-one artists will perform this year, including 19 returning artists, along with some newcomers to the Eastern Shore Festival scene, including Michael Kannen on cello and Ara Gregorian on violin/viola. A special appearance by the District5 Wind Quintet on opening night sets the tone for escaping the ordinary to experience this extraordinary two-week musical journey.
Festival Chairman Carolyn Rugg comments, “This year’s Festival will offer attendees the opportunity to experience such favorites as Beethoven’s Opus 1, while also enjoying new offerings such as the exciting world premiere of Lev Mamuya Quintet for Oboe, Violin, Viola and two Celli. It will be a time to connect with old friends and to make new friends as these talented musicians become a part of our community. We hope you will join us for an inspiring two weeks of chamber music here on the Eastern Shore.”
Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star-Democrat. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. Tickets go on sale in April 2016. For additional information, visit www.ChesapeakeMusic.org or call 410 819-0380.