On Monday, June 10, Donald Enos will launch the 46th season of the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival in collaboration with one of the most brilliant and colorful figures on the global music stage today, Grammy-nominated conductor, cellist, and pedagogue Amit Peled. The season premiere will feature J.S. Bach’s unparalleled Brandenburg Concerto No.3, as well as works by Tchaikovsky, Stutchewsky, and Bartók. The concert will be held at 7:30 pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Orleans, MA. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 508.896.3344. Single tickets: $25 (under 18 free). 6-Concert Series: $95.
Amit Peled is no stranger to fans of the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival. Enos spotted the young Israeli-American cellist more than a dozen years ago, not long after Peled moved to the US to assume his teaching position at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory. Peled brings to the June 10 event his profound musicianship and larger-than-life personality and, adding to the usual high level of excitement, Peled will also conduct the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, the orchestra he founded to be an important platform for young performers.
On Monday, July 1, another virtuoso—violinist Irina Muresanu, whom critics have acclaimed as “dazzling” and “spellbinding” in her performances—will headline a program that also exemplifies the cultural diversity of the festival. The offerings will range from folk airs from Muresanu’s native Romania to the lush artistry of French composer Gabriel Fauré to the distinctively America voice of George Gershwin.
And on each Monday through July 29, the festival will continue its presentation of traditional and contemporary repertoire from around the world performed by top-flight international and regional talent. Artists this year will include Elisabeth Remy Johnson, Clark Matthews, Heather Goodchild Wade, Laura Manko Sahin, Bo Ericsson, Joyce Hammann, Matthias Naegele, Katie Lansdale, and Megan Koch. A complete season listing is attached and available at http://www.meetinghousemusic.org.
Donald Enos, the festival’s founder, artistic director, and pianist, welcomes all to experience the great music he has in store for this summer. In his words, the festival offers “live music that everyone can love—music that emerges naturally almost like a conversation among musicians, expressing raw, authentic human emotion. Join us and see why chamber music is known as the ‘music of friends!’”
The Meeting House Chamber Festival is grateful for the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cape Cod 5 Foundation, and the Mary-Louise and Ruth N. Eddy Foundation.
Concerts are held at 7:30 pm on Monday evenings at Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans. The Monday, July 15, program will also be presented at 7 pm on Sunday, July 14, at 1717 Meetinghouse in West Barnstable.