Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Announces 2018 Summer Concert Season

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Announces 2018 Summer Concert Season

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), celebrating 39 years as Cape Cod's premiere presenter of summer chamber music, announces its 2018 summer season, presenting 12 compelling concerts from August 1 through 24, 7:30 pm, at locations throughout the region. The Festival is programmed under the leadership of Artistic Directors Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, and Executive Director Elaine Lipton.

"We eagerly await the month of August every year!" shares Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu. "Not only do we enjoy performing with some of the finest musicians from across the world, but we all delight in sharing these incredible concerts with music lovers across Cape Cod."

The Festival's 2018 season commences with two performances by the prominently acclaimed ensemble The Emerson String Quartet, performing two of Beethoven's profound masterworks, (String Quartets Opus 130, 131), considered two of his most complex masterpieces composed in his "late quartets" series. The second of these concerts is held at a new venue to the Festival, Falmouth Academy's beautiful new Simon Center for the Arts. Two pianos take center stage when two, four, then eight masterful musician's hands perform The Piano Bash in Cotuit, featuring a key-centric program including Gounod's "Waltz from Faust for Two Pianos, Eight Hands", arranged by Renaud de Vilback, and lively works by Mozart, Brahms, Ravel, Milhaud and Schubert. Grammy Award winning Harlem String Quartet dynamically performs in reprise concert in Harlem Returns, offering an eclectic program mix that includes Rodgers' "My Funny Valentine", arranged by Calvin Custer and Harlem's own musicians. Schubert and Adam Gopnik performed by returning ensemble Borromeo String Quartet, bolstered by four more talented musicians, presents Shubert's "Octet in F Major, D. 803", accompanied by readings and fascinating insight on the composer's life expressed by The New Yorker's expert writer/lecturer Adam Gopnik. The season culminates in a breathtaking three concert residency showcasing the extraordinary talents of Harvard University's extraordinary ensemble in-residence The Parker Quartet, the last two of which feature Artistic Directors Manasse and Nakamatsu aside the ensemble, guaranteed to captivate, inspired and thrill.

Concerts are held in six communities, ensuring maximum accessibility to Cape Cod audiences, at these venues:

Wellfleet: First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street

Orleans: Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road

Chatham: First Congregational Church: 650 Main Street (at the Rotary)

Dennis: Dennis Union Church: 713 Main Street (Route 6A)

Cotuit: Cotuit Center for the Arts: 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28)

Falmouth: Falmouth Academy's Simon Center for the Arts, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth

Ticket orders received on or before July 7: $34 general admission; $15 for college students with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $32 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $50 (whether individually purchased or as part of the three-concert package).

Ticket orders received on or after July 8: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $36 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $55 (whether individually purchased or as part of the three-concert package).

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended. Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or picked up at will call at the performances. Tickets may also be purchased by calling or visiting the box office at 508-247-9400 or at 3 Main Street, Unit 6, North Eastham. Box office hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Phone orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival's 2016 season, performers, mission and venues, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

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