WHAT A WINTER WE HAD!! With all the snow, wind and below freezing temperatures, the summer seems absolutely wonderful. And along with the sparkling sea, blue skies, and beautiful woodland walks, fabulous music will ring from the hallowed walls of the Old Whaling Church and the charming Chilmark Community Center. Home from a monumental tour of Japan with Chick Corea, the famous Harlem Quartet will start our summer festival with Beethoven, Mozart, and a series of original jazz arrangements. Next, two virtuoso players, violinist Alyssa Park and cellist Timothy Loo, will join me in a program of Bach, Debussy, and the World Premiere of a work by Stephen Hartke! Grammy-winner Billy Childs is returning to the island with his exciting colleague, cellist Maksim Velichkin. They plan to astonish us with Billy’s own compositions, some jazz improvisation, and more than a dash of Beethoven (who, by the way, was a great improviser!). Next, Weiss Kaplan Stumpf, a new piano trio to the island described by the New York Times as “Three strong voices, locked in sequence”, will bring us classic trios by Dvor ˇák, Beethoven, and a new trio by Fred Lerdahl. The summer would not be complete without our wonderful Infiniti Brass Quintet who will be sharing highlights of five centuries of brass music with us. And, to put the final touch of elegance and beauty on our festival, legendary Cleveland Philharmonic clarinetist Franklin Cohen and his gorgeous daughter, violinist Diana Cohen, will team with pianists Roman Rabinovich and me on Fauré’s “Dolly” Suite, plus Schubert, Bruch, and Stravinsky. If it all sounds too good to be true, make your plans to come to Edgartown or Chilmark and find out for yourselves. I will be happy to greet you personally. See you at the concert hall!