Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Gala Concert at Dimenna Center Tonight
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival will present a concert open to the public for the first time in New York this evening, April 8, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. A special orchestra-the Cape Cod Gala Orchestra, conducted by Liam Burke-has been assembled for this occasion. Noted WQXR radio announcer Jeff Spurgeon will host the evening and Nancy B. Barry, First President of the Festival, as well as Honorary Artistic Chair Charles Hamlen, V.P. of Orchestra of St. Luke's and Co-Founder of IMG Artists, will be on hand for the event. The complete program follows:
A reception preceding the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. The concert starts promptly at 7:45 p.m. Patron tickets at $300 and sponsor tickets at $150, which include the reception as well as the concert, and tickets at $45 ($15 for students) for the concert alone can be purchased by calling 508-247-9400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, founded by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, presents classical and contemporary chamber music performed by internationally noted musicians and exceptional young artists. The artistic directors, clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, follow in the footsteps of Nicholas Kitchen, first violin of the Borromeo String Quartet; pianist Brian Zeger; pianist Margo Garrett; and Samuel Sanders.
The Festival offers four weeks of intensive chamber music programming at various Cape Cod locations in August, spring and fall concerts on the Cape, special events in New York, and expanded residencies in Cape Cod schools. Joshua Bell, Andres Diaz, Yo-Yo Ma, the Borromeo String Quartet, and the Eroica Trio all appeared with the Festival early in their careers. The Festival also commissions new works and introduces contemporary composers to Cape audiences.
Clarinetist Liam Burke, a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, is currently a fellow with The Academy at Carnegie Hall and Ensemble ACJW, with whom he performs regularly. A recipient of The Juilliard School's Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music in 2011, he has appeared as soloist with the Juilliard Music for all National Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and Senior Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Also in demand as an orchestral musician, Mr. Burke has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the New York String Orchestra. He performed on tour with musicians from The Juilliard School and the Royal Academy of Music at the 2012 BBC Proms and toured as guest principal clarinetist with the Philharmonie der Nationen in a three-week series of concerts throughout Germany and the United States. In 2010, Mr. Burke was invited to play E-flat clarinet in John Adams' Chamber Symphony at the Kennedy Center with Mr. Adams conducting. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with Jon Manasse.
For well over a decade the renowned American pianist Jon Nakamatsu has been heard throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a concerto soloist, solo recitalist, and chamber collaborator of extraordinary musical powers. Most notably he has performed to universal critical acclaim in such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and in such cities as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, Berlin, and Milan.
In the fall of the 2013-14 season Mr. Nakamatsu performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Cape Cod Symphony, and with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Ensemble at the Berlin Philharmonic as well as in recital in New Mexico, the Bay Area and Rhode Island. Most recently he appeared with the Sarasota Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony, the Springfield Symphony, and in recital in Georgia, California and Dallas, Texas. He collaborates with the Jupiter String Quartet at the Soka Performing Arts Center, travels to Brazil to appear as soloist with the Filarmônica de Minas Gerais at the Grand Teatro do Palácio das Artes, and returns to California to perform his signature Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Symphony Silicon Valley.
Highlights of Mr. Nakamatsu's 2012-13 season included guest soloist engagements with the Rochester Philharmonic, Des Moines Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the Stanford Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. He was also featured in the 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in August. In recital he was heard in Pittsburgh, Rockford, IL, and Fresno, CA. As part of the Manasse Nakamatsu Duo with clarinetist Jon Manasse, Mr. Nakamatsu toured the United States in the spring of 2013. Mr. Nakamastsu also joined Mr. Manasse in a concert presented by Music of the Spheres in New York in February 2013.
In 2010 Mr. Nakamatsu, an idiomatic interpreter of Chopin's music, performed a Chopin Bicentenary recital at Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, and at the 2010 Beijing International Piano Festival. In July 2011 he was heard in recital on the prestigious Masters Series of the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York City.
In April 2011 Mr. Nakamatsu was heard in recital at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Mr. Nakamatsu has been an active guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout his career; among them the orchestras of Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Berlin, Milan, and Tokyo. He has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Gerard Schwarz, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. In February of 2010, he was the featured soloist for the highly acclaimed American tour of the Berlin-based Philharmonie der Nationen, conducted by Justus Franz, performing Brahms's First Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto in twelve cities nationwide. Numerous summer engagements have included appearances at the Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, Vail, Wolftrap, and Britt festivals. In 1999, Mr. Nakamatsu performed at the White House at the special invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.
Among the many chamber ensembles with which Mr. Nakamatsu has collaborated are the Brentano, Jupiter, Miami, Tokyo, Prazak, St. Lawrence, and Ying String Quartets. He also tours frequently with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and in 2008 debuted on the Philharmonic's chamber music series performing with the Quintet and members of the orchestra. Together with the acclaimed clarinetist Jon Manasse, Mr. Nakamatsu tours regularly as part of the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. In 2008, the Duo released its first CD (Brahms Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano) which received the highest praise from The New York Times Classical Music Editor James R. Oestreich, who named it a "Best of the Year" choice for 2008. Their latest CD (American Music for Clarinet and Piano) released in 2010 has also garnered international rave reviews. Mr. Nakamatsu and Mr. Manasse also serve as Artistic Directors of the esteemed Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, founded by pianist Samuel Sanders in 1979.