CCCMF Presents "The Virtuosic Quartet"

Lydian String Quartet, August 2nd in Orleans
Lydian String Quartet (Photo by Susan Wilson)

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), celebrating its 38th season as Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music presents The Virtuosic Quartet performed by Lydian String Quartet on Wednesday, August 2, 7:30 pm at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans. 

The first Orleans concert of CCCMF’s summer season features the anticipated Festival debut of the Lydian String Quartet.  Currently in residence at Brandeis University, the Quartet has been hailed by American Record Guide as playing with both “volcanic energy” and “great tenderness.”   Musicians Andrea Segar, violin, Judith Eissenberg, violin, Mark Berger, viola and Joshua Gordon, cello perform thrilling works of Haydn, Bartók and Mendelssohn.

Formed in 1980, the Lydian String Quartet has embraced the full range of the string quartet repertory with curiosity, virtuosity, and dedication to the highest artistic ideals of music making. Forging a personality of their own over the years, the Lydians were awarded top prizes in international string quartet competitions, including Evian, Portsmouth and Banff, culminating in 1984 with the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music.  Residing at Brandeis University, the Lydians offer compelling, thoughtful, and dramatic performances of quartet literature.

The Quartet has performed extensively throughout the United States at venues including Jordan Hall in Boston; the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; Lincoln Center, Miller Theater, and Weill Recital Hall in New York City; the Pacific Rim Festival at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and the Slee Beethoven Series at the University at Buffalo. Abroad, the Quartet has made appearances in France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, and Armenia.

The Lydians have long championed the commissioning, performing and recording of new works,  and have 29 currently available commercial recordings reflecting their diverse and far-reaching repertoire, including works by Beethoven, Brahms, Ives, Ornstein, Persichetti, and Schubert as well as American contemporary composers In recognition of their work, the quartet has received numerous Chamber Music America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, grants from the Meet the Composer/Rockefeller Foundation/AT&T Jazz Program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

The members of the Lydian String Quartet are on the faculty of Brandeis University, in Waltham, Massachusetts.


CCCMF Program 2017Program:        The Lydian Quartet

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732 – 1809)
String Quartet No. 53 in D Major, Opus 64 No. 5; Hob. III:63
(“The Lark”)
Allegro moderato
Adagio cantabile
Menuetto: Allegretto
Finale: Vivace


BÉLA BARTÓK (1881 – 1945)
String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, BB75; Sz. 67 (Opus 17)
Allegro molto capriccioso


String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Opus 12
Adagio non troppo; Allegro non tardante
Canzonetta: Allegretto
Andante espressivo
Molto allegro e vivace


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 and online ticket orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.  

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