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Spy Review: Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival – Week 2 by Steve Parks

The 37th annual Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival opened its second week with “Mozart and More” – something familiar and something probably never heard before by most if not all the audience at an early evening concert at downtown Easton’s beautiful Ebenezer Theater.In his mid-to-late 20s, from 1782 to 1785, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed six string quartets in apparent homage to Haydn, his mentor and father-figure friend, who had just published six of his own quartets. But there’s no mistaking this third piece in the series for that of anyone but Mozart.
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Chesapeake Chamber Festival to Play Mask-Free at Ebenezer

This year’s two-week classical series should take nothing away from musicians who performed in the 2021 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, which also marked the debut of the Ebenezer Theater as an exquisitely tasteful and tune-worthy concert hall.Just as we began to think COVID-19 might become a past-tense pandemic, its resurgence last summer – the first of several – forced such precautions as masking and spaced concert seating that cut the potential in-person audience in half. But now, it’s likely that some or many of the concerts will draw capacity or near-capacity attendance. 
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Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano to perform at the 2022 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Johnson Cano, will be an exciting newcomer at the 2022 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival (June 10-18). Cano will open each of the first week’s three concerts, performing arias from Bach cantatas to the accompaniment of the Festival’s instrumentalists. In addition, she will perform works by Brahms, Chausson, and Ravel. Cano has performed in over 100 productions at The Metropolitan Opera and has been lauded as a “consummate actress” (The Wall Street Journal). She also is acclaimed for her song recitals.
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Gold Prize Winner Trio Colores to Perform at the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival

Trio Colores, winner of both the $10,000 Lerman Gold Prize and the $500 Audience Choice Award at the April 2022 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition for Young Professionals, will return to perform on Friday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Easton’s Ebenezer Theater as part of the 2022 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival. This youthful, energetic all-percussion ensemble – comprised of Fabian Ziegler, Luca Stafffelbach, and Matthias Kessler – has programmed two contemporary works by Thierry De Mey and Christos Hatzis and arrangements of RavelLe Tombeau de Couperin and Milhaud’s Scaramouche for this years Festival.
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John Harbison’s Six American Painters to be Performed at the 2022 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival Featuring Oboist Peggy Pearson

This year’s Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will conclude on June 18th with an exciting new work: John Harbison’s Six American Painters. According to Harbison, each of the movements of this 2000 composition was begun as a musical description of six paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival 2022: June 10-18 at the Ebenezer Theater, Easton

The 2022 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival will be held at the Ebenezer Theater (17 S. Washington St., Easton, MD) from June 10th to June 18th. The Festival’s six concerts will feature 18 performances, each conceived around “artful dialogues” among the musicians and composers over the centuries. 

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