World Premiere Quintet Ties Modern Composition to Ancient Flutes in Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Concerts

A world premiere performance of Julian Lampert’s ‘Quintet for Flute and String Quartet’ is featured during Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s (CCCMF) 38th season during Borromeo and the Ancient Flute, on Tuesday, August 15, 7:30 pm at Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road, Cotuit.  An encore performance will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 7:30 pm at Dennis Union Church, 713 Main Street, Dennis. Composer Julian Lampert and concert flutist Jelle Atema will speak at two companion lectures exploring the genesis of the new work and the background of ancient flutes on Wednesday, August 9, 2 to 4 pm at Eastham Public Library, 10 Samoset Road, Eastham, and on Monday, August 14, 4 pm at Cotuit Public Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit.

A truly memorable event is in store when Borromeo String Quartet returns for these two special concerts premiering Lampert’s fascinating composition inspired by the poem “Cycles of life”, featuring the sounds of prehistoric flutes. Flute expert and marine biologist Jelle Atema joins the premiere performing with both modern and ancient bone flutes.  Flutes and science combine in Atema’s playable reconstructions of 4,000 and 50,000 year-old bone flutes of Modern Human and Neanderthal origin. He performs on the ancient era replicas, including Divje Babe (“Wild Woman”) flutes, first discovered in 1995 in a Slovenian bear cave, and Swabian Jura flutes, originally excavated from The Upper Danube watershed of the Swabian Jura in Southwest Germany.  The instruments and their replicas are historically fascinating, found to be originally created from materials include swan and vulture bones, mammoth tusk ivory and fossilized cave bear femur, amongst other treasures.

Holland native Jelle Atema studied biology and music in his homeland; and studied in France with Jean-Pierre Rampal. He has performed in Europe, China and the US, and has commissioned works for flute and string quartet by Ezra Laderman: “Single Voice” (premiered in 1991 with the Colorado Quartet) and “The MBL-Suite” (for the 1988 MBL Centennial, premiered in Woods Hole with Rampal and the Colorado Quartet and in New York with Samuel Baron and the Manhattan Quartet).  In his biological research as Boston University’s Professor Emeritus of Biology and Adjunct Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, he and his students explore the underwater sensory worlds of lobsters, sharks and reef fishes.

Julian Lampert’s hallmark is versatility. His parallel careers as a composer, concert pianist, and distinguished teacher all reflect his fluency in a universal language of music marked by his multi-cultural background.  Born in Russia to a family of French, Polish and Russian origins, Lampert immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Boston, where he was raised and educated.  He has performed extensively around the northeastern U.S., Russia and France.  After studying composition at Amherst College, he began his composition career with the Protopopov’s, the gold-medalist Olympic Figure-Skating legends, composing extensively for their performance tours.  Skilled as a composer and orchestrator across wide-ranging musical styles—from the Renaissance through modern musical developments—he has scored three documentary films.  A friendship with Fred Rogers, creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, even inspired compositions for children.  He is also producer and co-host (with his mother, Prof. Lena Miremonde of the Moscow Conservatory) of “The Lena Live Radio Hour,” a weekly program on BBS Internet Radio focusing on the Arts & Sciences.

The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time.  Now celebrating their 26th year, the Borromeo have performed a vast repertoire worldwide and collaborated with many of today’s great composers and performers.  Audiences and critics alike have championed the Borromeo’s ability to bring back the contemporary fire to often-heard repertoire, while making even the most challenging new music approachable.  They have been trailblazers in the use of laptop computers for reading music.  This method allows them to perform entirely from 4-part scores and also composer’s manuscripts, a revealing and transformative experience that they now teach to students around the world. The quartet features Nicholas Kitchen, violin, Kristopher Tong, violin, Mai Motobuchi, viola and Yeesun Kim, cello.


Borromeo String Quartet
Jelle Atema, flute and ancestral flute

Adagio and Fugue in C Minor for Strings, K. 546

Quintet for Flute and String Quartet (2016) World Premiere

CÉSAR FRANCK (1822 – 1890)
String Quartet in D Major (1889)
Poco lento; Allegro
Scherzo: Vivace
Allegro molto

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 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.

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2017 season, performers, mission and venues, visit, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 38th season, CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August. Throughout the rest of the year, CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience, CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. The Festival is also host to a Composer-in-Residence program, and features composers with Cape Cod connections. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, schedule or tickets, visit, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Top Left:  Jelle Atema with an ancient flute
Top Right:  Borromeo String Quartet, image by Christian Steiner
Bottom Left:  Jelle Atema, courtesy image
Bottom Right:  Julian Lampert, image by Christian Steiner

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