Chamber Music Festival Opens 38th Season

"Brahms in the Cafe" August 1st in Cotuit
Mile-End Trio's Marika Bournaki, piano, Julian Schwarz, cello and Jeff Multer, violin (Courtesy of the artists)

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) opens its 38th season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music with a program showcasing the excitement of  piano trios across three centuries.   Brahms in the Café offers one performance featuring celebrated works performed by Mile-End Trio on Tuesday, August 1, 7:30 pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit. 

“From the depth of Brahms to the enthralling Schoenfield, we are thrilled to open the season with a program that promises something for everyone,” share Artistic Directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu.

CCCMF’s opening night welcomes Festival favorite rising star cellist Julian Schwarz in collaboration with his Mile-End Trio.  Pianist Marika Bournaki and violinist Jeff Multer join Julian in works showcasing the diverse repertoire of the piano trio.  The ensemble opens the program with Beethoven’s rich, scale-spanning ‘Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 1 No. 1’, offset by Shoenfield’s modern, eclectic ‘Café Music for Piano Trio’.  From the depths of Brahms’ literature, the artists close the evening with the intensely exuberant ‘Trio No. 1 in B Major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 8’. 

Born in Seattle into a musical family, Julian Schwarz is recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century.  Schwarz has been performing professionally since age 11, with engagements around the globe.  He has been the associate principal cello at Eastern Music Festival since 2012.  In August 2013, he was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong.  He received his bachelor’s of music degree from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Krosnick and is currently pursuing his master’s of music degree.  Currently he performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.

With unparalleled technical, musical and communication skills, Marika Bournaki is at once, a world class performer, outstanding pianist, vivacious young woman - and the freshest face on the classical music scene. She not only brings distinctive interpretations to favorite standards, she also extends her passion for music by commissioning works by younger composers and collaborating with artists from various fields.  Holding a resume studded with global performances, Bournaki holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music. She also participated in the International Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as well as the Internationale Mendelssohn Akademie in Leipzig.

Violinist Jeffrey Multer has been recognized worldwide for his passionate performances, extraordinary depth of musical understanding and brilliant technique. A native of upstate New York, Mr. Multer made his Kennedy Center debut in 1993 and since that time he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.  This year marks his sixth season as artistic director of chamber music at the Eastern Music Festival.  Praised for his dynamic and accessible programming style, Multer has been appointed this season as artistic director of the newly formed Palladium Chamber Players in St. Petersburg, Florida. He attended the Juilliard School at age 16, where he was the recipient of a Lincoln Center Fellowship, from a long line of accomplished musicians, as the seventh Multer to have attended Juilliard.

 

CCCMF Program 2017Program:  Mile-End Trio

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827)

Trio No. 1 in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 1 No. 1

Allegro

Adagio cantabile

Scherzo: Allegro assai; Trio

Finale: Presto

 

PAUL SCHOENFIELD (b. 1947)

Café Music for Piano Trio

Allegro

Andante moderato

Presto

 

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833 – 1897)

Trio No. 1 in B Major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Opus 8 Allegro con brio

Scherzo: Allegro molto; Trio

Adagio

Allegro

 

CCCMF’s 38th summer season features 12 compelling concerts from August 1 through 25 at 7:30 pm in locations throughout the region. 

Tickets ordered on or before June 30: $34 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); admission is 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)

Tickets ordered on or after July 1: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); admission is 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)

Special first-time ticket buyer’s price and a discounted ticket for the August 1 concert, if you are between the ages of 19 and 40, are available by calling Festival office.  

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended.  Tickets ordered online are available 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 2017 season, performers, mission and venues, visit capecodchambermusic.org, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.                      

 

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 38th season, CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August. Throughout the rest of the year, CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience, CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. The Festival is also host to a Composer-in-Residence program, and features composers with Cape Cod connections. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, schedule or tickets, visit capecodchambermusic.org, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.


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