Audience safety is a top priority at all our concerts. MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED INDOORS, seating is at half-capacity, and physical distancing will be observed.
State-of-the-art air filtration and air conditioning will be in place at our indoor venues in Cotuit and Wellfleet. Patrons can attend all concerts with confidence, knowing that state and local health protocols are being carefully observed. Proof of vaccination is not required, but we do ask that only vaccinated persons attend. The Festival staff is closely following the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health advisories regarding the recent surge in COVID cases. We will update our policies accordingly.
Tickets for the 2021 Season are now on sale!
We look forward to seeing you in August!
To present the finest classical and contemporary chamber music by both world-class ensembles and exceptional young emerging artists to Cape Cod audiences; to develop new and younger audiences for chamber music; to commission new chamber works whenever possible; and to provide educational activities and programs which encourage, broaden and deepen appreciation of the chamber music art form.
Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu
Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. As well as serving on the faculties of The Juilliard School, The Lynn Conservatory and the Mannes School of Music, Manasse is principal clarinetist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Since winning the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Jon Nakamatsu tours year-round, working with many of today’s leading conductors and orchestras, and appears in recital and chamber collaborations at festivals and music centers world-wide. Nakamatsu is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is Artist-in-Residence of the Chautauqua Institution Piano Program.
Comprised of clarinetist Jon Manasse and pianist Jon Nakamatsu, two of America’s most distinguished artists, the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo immediately established itself with a highly acclaimed 2004 performance in Boston. Subsequent coast-to-coast touring featured appearances on many of the country’s most prestigious series. Recent appearances abroad include the Duo’s first performances in Cuba in 2017. Since 2006, the Duo has served as Artistic Directors of the renowned Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, which celebrates 42 years of extraordinary concerts in its August 2021 season.
Hailed for its “sheer finesse” by Gramophone Magazine, the Escher String Quartet has received international acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. Currently String Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and Tuesday Musical in Akron, Ohio, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The quartet has collaborated with numerous prestigious artists, including Leon Fleischer, Lynn Harrell and Joshua Bell. In 2013 the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds have led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming and imaginative collaborations. Imani Winds regularly performs in prominent international concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. Their touring schedule has taken them throughout the Asian continent, Brazil, Australia, England, New Zealand and across Europe. About their most recent CD Gramophone stated “the ensemble’s hot rapport churns with conviction throughout.” In 2016 the ensemble was added permanently to the classical music section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History.