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32ND SEASON OF THE DELAWARE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: STRINGS & KEYS, A BRAHMS MINI-CELEBRATION
DATES: FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 7:30PM; SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 3:00PM; FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 7:30PM; SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 3:00PM
**FREE JAZZ CONCERT SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 4:00PM, EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF SAINTS ANDREW & MATTHEW
TICKETS: ADULTS $22; SENIOR (AGE 62+) $20; COLLEGE STUDENTS (WITH ID) $10; CHILDREN 17 & UNDER FREE. ORDER FORMS AVAILABLE AT DCMF.ORG
May 20, 2017, Wilmington, DE - The Delaware Chamber Music Festival's (DCMF) 32nd Season, entitled "Strings and Keys: A Brahms Mini-Celebration" includes two weekends of four concerts June 16, 18, 23 and 25 at its new performance venue, Wilmington Friends Lower School, 101 School Road in Wilmington, Delaware. As the title suggests, each concert includes a master work from Johannes Brahms, as well as works from Schubert, Mozart, Stravinsky and more sprinkled throughout the four-performance series.
The Festival Quartet - Barbara Govatos, violin and DCMF Artistic Director; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Clancy Newman, cello; Hirono Oka, violin - includes musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Festival guest artists this season include Marcantonio Barone, piano; Tina Betz, contralto; Douglas Mapp, double bass; Julie Nishimura, piano and Natalie Zhu, piano.
"Our season focuses on music of Brahms, specifically music he wrote for keys and strings, from piano trio and piano quartet to one of his string quintets," notes Govatos. "For me, Brahms is the composer whose music speaks to my heart in its great depth and respect for all the music that came before. Playing his music, spinning it out from the violin, gives me great pleasure."
A special addition to this season is a collaborative jazz-themed performance with Light Up The Queen Foundation's Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency directed by Jonathan Whitney. "I'm curious to experience the works that will be composed for us by these young artists," says Govatos. "We literally won't know what we are playing and in what combinations we'll be asked to play until perhaps the week before our first rehearsal with them."
Govatos notes that it's exciting for her and members of the Festival Quartet to work in this fresh, unpredictable way and afford young composers the opportunity to hear and rehearse their works with professional artists and present first performances to discerning audiences. The jazz concert will not only feature Boysie Lowery students but also the Festival Quartet, guest pianist Julie Nishimura, guest double bassist Douglas Mapp and guest contralto Tina Betz, who will perform on Whitney's new arrangement, Strange Fruit for strings.
The free jazz concert will be held Saturday, June 24, 4:00pm at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 N. Shipley Street in downtown Wilmington.
The regular Delaware Chamber Music Festival series dates will be held at Wilmington Friends Lower School. Tickets for the Festival may be ordered by downloading an order form at dcmf.org. Checks and order forms may be mailed to the Festival at P.O. Box 3537, Wilmington DE, 19807. There are no advance online ticket sales, but tickets also will be available for purchase via cash or check at the door of each performance.
For full season details, visit www.dcmf.org or call the Festival Hotline at 302.442.0572.
TICKETS: ADULTS $22; SENIOR (AGE 62+) $20; COLLEGE STUDENTS (WITH ID) $10; CHILD
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