Recently hailed as a “major new Britten interpreter” by the The New York Times, tenor Nicholas Phan is joined by Palaver Strings and pianist Manuel Bagorro for our closing performance, which pairs DEBUSSY’s light-infused Suite bergamasque for solo piano with BRITTEN’s famous setting of Les Illuminations. What connects these pieces is the story behind the two… Read More
    The “Passacaglia in C Minor” is one of Bach’s most well-known organ works with 20 variations and concluding double-fugue. Among the many adaptations of this piece are the colorful orchestral arrangements by Leopold Stokowski and Ottorino Respighi, and it is a perennial favorite of concert organists and audiences… Read More
    Messiaen’s earliest use of identifiable bird songs, in the first and third movements of “Quartet for the End of Time” coincided with his captivity in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. This quartet was first performed in the camp with a battered upright piano and a cello… Read More
    ROCKPORT– Palaver Strings performs Ian Gottlieb’s concerto gross “Even”, “Mother and Child” by STILL, and “Sinfonia No.2” by Mendelssohn. These pieces explore the relationships between the individual and the group, the self and the other. Read More
    Striking melodies, vigorous rhythms, great depth of feeling, and hints of Czech folk music are the Dvořák  trademarks present in his large-scaled quintet. For this Union Hall performance, our resident string quartet is joined by pianist Pedja Muzijevic. Read More
    The organ is an instrument especially well-suited for the performance of transcriptions, an art which reached its apex in the early 20th century when solo-organ performances of symphonic orchestral works became de rigueur. Bach embraced this practice in his own way: at least five of the six… Read More
    ROCKPORT — Tracing the sound of the 20th Century through American vocal traditions, from the songs of Charles Ives to the spirituals of the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, The Westerlies draw a line through jazz, classical, and folk languages. Reimagining the stylistic intricacies, physical techniques, diction, and textures of the… Read More
    ROCKPORT– Altius is quickly garnering an international reputation. The quartet was the silver medalist at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and first prize recipients at both the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, TX, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, MO. Read More
    ROCKPORT — A thrilling program of homages to old forms and departed friends, including Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” that reimagines the music of 18th century composer Pergolesi, and another tribute to an earlier day, Lutosławki’s “Partita”, which has the title of a baroque suite but uses modern harmonic language. Read More
    ROCKPORT — A captivating family concert focusing on the world of dinosaurs. John Burstein and Palaver Strings join forces, combining original music, carefully selected selections from classical repertoire, fantastic costumes, humor, storytelling and loads of audience participation. This production fascinates and educates children of all ages. Read More
    Bach’s compositions for organ pushed the limits of what was thought possible for the instrument and its performers. Few details are known of Bach’s own performances, except that he wowed and surprised his listeners. His extensive travels to examine and perform dedication recitals of new organs left such… Read More
    ROCKPORT — Cellist Michael Nicolas enjoys a diverse career as chamber musician, soloist, recording artist, and improviser. He is the cellist of the ground-breaking Brooklyn Rider, and the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and has worked with countless composers from around the world, premiering and recording dozens of new… Read More
    ROCKPORT– A grand festival opening concert featuring many of the performers appearing throughout the week. The program is anchored by Nicholas Phan’s transporting performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “On Wenlock Edge” with pianist Pedja Muzijevic and Altius String Quartet. The program also features Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s “Battalia à 10 in D Major, C.61” performed… Read More
    Our resident brass quartet plays a free concert on Camden Village Green. Bring a picnic and join these exceptional musicians for a fun, free, interactive outdoor concert. Read More
    CAMDEN — Bay Chamber Concerts’ morning series this season offers an introduction to the King of Instruments in five, 55-minute lecture recitals featuring J.S. Bach’s “Schubler Chorales” and five major works. The young American musician Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the… Read More