WHAT A SUMMER WE HAVE HAD! along with the sparkling sea, blue skies, and beautiful woodland walks, fabulous music rang from the hallowed walls of the Old Whaling Church and the charming Chilmark Community Center.
Special thanks go to all the wonderful artists who played for us: the famous Harlem Quartet who started our summer festival with Beethoven, Mozart, and a series of original jazz arrangements. The two virtuoso players, violinist Alyssa Park and cellist Timothy Loo, who joined me in a program of Bach, Debussy. Grammy-winner Billy Childs with his exciting colleague, cellist Maksim Velichkin who astonished us with Billy’s own jazz improvisation, and more than a dash of Beethoven. The Weiss Kaplan Stumpf piano trio described by the New York Times as “Three strong voices, locked in sequence”, brought us classic trios by Dvořák, Beethoven, and a new trio by Fred Lerdahl. The wonderful Infiniti Brass Quintet who shared highlights of five centuries of brass music with us. And the final touch of elegance and beauty to our festival was the legendary Cleveland Philharmonic clarinetist Franklin Cohen and his gorgeous daughter, violinist Diana Cohen with pianist Roman Rabinovich who accompanied me in Fauré’s “Dolly” Suite.
Thanks to all who helped make our summer festival possible! See you at the fall concert!
Artistic Director + Festival Pianist