FROM YOUR FESTIVAL
At this time a year ago Jon and Jon were finalizing the 41st season of your Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival – 12 concerts with new and returning artists all anticipating summer performances on the Cape. The Staff and Board were preparing venue and musician contracts, working on brochures and programs, setting up the box office and addressing the myriad details that go along with presenting our concerts: housing for artists, coordinating our volunteers, publicity, benefit planning and the like.
And then everything changed.
While we knew we could not safely gather we also knew we wanted to bring you some music, somehow. We’re delighted so many of you enjoyed the archival performances we presented during this online season over radio and on our website, as well as the video messages submitted by many of our most beloved guest artists.
We could not have done this without the support and enthusiasm of you, our audience, and the hard work and commitment of our Artistic Directors, the Board and Staff, along with recording producers and engineers.
Now, in still-uncertain circumstances, we are examining how to safely present both live music and streamed performances during summer 2021. Perhaps outdoors. Perhaps in familiar venues with limited audience attendance. We are committed to live music, in some form. We all need music in our lives, never more than in these challenging times.
Please help make 2021 unique and memorable by sending a contribution toward these efforts. As always, we’re so grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to making music together very soon.
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.
American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981.
The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today’s world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications.
Lauded as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” Strad Magazine, the Claremont Trio is sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremonts are consistently lauded for their “aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance” (Palm Beach Daily News).
Borromeo String Quartet
Each visionary performance of the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet strengthens and deepens its reputation as one of the most important ensembles of our time. Admired and sought after for both its fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and its championing of works by 20th and 21st century composers, the ensemble has been hailed for its “edge-of-the- seat performances,” by the Boston Globe, which called it “simply the best.”