Orleans-Based Festival Travels to Spectacular Mid-Cape Venue

July 14th and 15th in West Barnstable
The quartet performing at 1717 Meetinghouse in 2017 (l-r: Heather Goodchild Wade, Bo Ericsson, Laura Manko Sahin, Donald Enos)

On Sunday and Monday, July 14 and 15, the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival will feature a quartet of superb musicians and several works that are among the finest in the entire repertoire of chamber music. Sunday’s concert will be held at 7 pm at 1717 Meetinghouse in West Barnstable and Monday’s concert will begin at 7:30 pm at Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or reserved in advance by phone (508.896.3344) or email ([email protected]). Single tickets: $25 (under 18 free). 6-Concert Series: $95. More information at  http://meetinghousemusic.org.

One of the most brilliant lights amidst the program’s gems will be the sublimely melodious A Major Piano Quartet from Johannes Brahms, which was premiered in Vienna in 1863 with Brahms himself at the piano. Also featured will be Haydn’s Trio No.13 in A Major, whose piano part is particularly complex and exciting. The glorious “Summer” concerto from Vivaldi’s The Four Season, which was written in the very year construction began on the historic 1717 Meetinghouse, is a brilliant evocation of the season. In the Finale from the important Romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber’s Piano Quartet, one can hear the influence of Mozart, as well as the freer forms and lyrical quality of Weber’s later Romantic-style works.

And in true Donald Enos form, there will be some surprises—glittering works that are lesser known but no less moving, such as Praeludium by the Swedish Romantic composer Jakob Adolf Hägg.  Rounding out the program is a charming piece called A Bird Came Down the Walk from the largely self-taught, highly innovative Twentieth-Century Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu. With a poem by Emily Dickinson as its jumping-off point, Takemitsu’s music mirrors the poet’s open-mindedness, economy of language, and inspiration from nature.

The outstanding musicians performing in this concert are Heather Goodchild Wade, violin; Laura Manko Sahin, viola; Bo Ericsson, cello; and Donald Enos, piano. Biographies and additional information about the festival can be found at http://www.meetinghousemusic.org.

The festival continues with performances on Mondays through the end of July (July 22 and 29) at Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, MA. On Sunday, July 14, the festival travels to 1717 Meetinghouse, 2049 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable, MA (same program as July 15).

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