CAPE MAY – The Cape May Music Festival’s 23rd season, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) with funding provided in part through the PNC Foundation, returns to the nation’s first seaside resort with three weeks of world-class orchestral and chamber music performances and a world traditions series beginning on Monday, May 28, and continuing through Thursday, June 14.
Highlights of the festival’s first week of concerts include the following:
Kicking off the 23rd annual Cape May Music Festival’s concert is the ever-popular Atlantic Brass Band on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, in a rousing free outdoor concert. Bring your own lawn chair to the Rotary Bandstand, at Lafayette St. and Lyle Lane, at 7 p.m. to enjoy this concert of American music perfectly suited to a Memorial Day celebration. The 35-piece Atlantic Brass Band is an authentic British-style brass band based out of Rowan University in Glassboro that has made a name for itself throughout the Delaware Valley and is also a longtime Cape May favorite.
The New York Chamber Ensemble under the artistic direction of Alan R. Kay returns to the Cape May Music Festival on Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. to present “Music By the Numbers” at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin streets. The New York Chamber Ensemble has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for its innovative programming and virtuoso performances. Watch the New York Chamber Ensemble “grow” through the evening, starting with an unaccompanied work, then a duo, trio, quartet, and ending with a spectacular quintet version of Haydn’s famous “Surprise” Symphony. The concert is comprised of performances of C.P.E. Bach’s Sonata in A Minor, Solo Flute, Gliere’s Duos for Two Violins, String Trio by Francaix, Gershwin’s Lullaby, I Got Rhythm, and Someone to Watch Over Me, and Haydn’s Symphony 94, “Surprise.” General admission is $20, with seniors $15 and students $5.
The Masters of the Celtic Harp perform at the new Cape May Convention Hall as a special opening week gift to the community from the City of Cape May and the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). The Masters of the Celtic Harp perform their free concert on Thursday, May 31 at 8 p.m. at Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton. Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson comprise Masters of the Celtic Harp and are considered two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland. Together, The Masters of the Celtic Harp perform all over the country, dazzling audiences with their artistry and their extraordinary talent on harp as well as concertina, tinwhistle and bouzouki. Opening for The Masters of the Celtic Harp is McDermott’s Handy, with strong vocals backed by Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, flute, whistle, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, bodhran and bass.
In addition to the concert series, the Cape May Music Festival features Bach’s Lunches at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom located on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. Join members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony for an intimate concert featuring favorites from the classical repertoire. Before the concert, enjoy an elegant Tea Luncheon while overlooking the lovely garden. The music festival’s first week includes a Bach’s Lunch offered on Wednesday, May 30 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and reservations are limited to 50 people.
The Cape May Music Festival is funded in part by the PNC Foundation as part of its PNC Arts Alive initiative, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. PNC Arts Alive is a five-year, $5 million investment from The PNC Foundation that supports visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement. For more information on PNC Arts Alive and the grant recipients visit www.PNCARTSALIVE.com. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life in New Jersey’s communities.
Order tickets to these concerts by calling 1-609-884-5404 or 1-800-275-4278 or go online at www.capemaymac.org.
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