Concerts

Greetings from Artistic Director Tessa Lark
Read Tessa's Letter about Season 34

October 12 & 13, 2024

Saturday at 5pm | Sunday at 3pm

This year’s season opener circles back to the operatic seedlings of Musical Masterworks, featuring beloved arias and two of the greatest young vocalists of today: soprano Marquita Richardson and mezzo soprano Sarah Saturnino. After his rousing MMModern performance in March 2024, bassist/vocalist/everythingist Nathan Farrington makes his mainstage debut alongside Marquita, Sarah, and pianist-composer phenom Roman Rabinovich, to present older masterworks and newer favorites that Nathan has arranged specially for our series.

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December 7 & 8, 2024

Saturday at 5pm | Sunday at 3pm

In December, a trio of longtime Masterworks favorites for a program of classical works so masterful they’ll never stop making the rounds. It doesn’t get better than pianist Gilles Vonsattel and violinist/violist Arnaud Sussman… except for when you add to the mix Edward Arron, cellist and previous Artistic Director of Musical Masterworks, whom Charles Wadsworth brilliantly brought into the MM family fold years ago.

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February 15 & 16, 2025

Saturday at 5pm | Sunday at 3pm

We’ll loop back to the Renaissance inklings of MM’s beginnings in February with the resplendent early music band Ruckus, with music ranging all the way from Telemann to Ligeti. Ruckus features flautist Emi Ferguson who charmed our audiences in her series debut last season with Caleb Hudson.

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March 22 & 23, 2025

Saturday at 5pm | Sunday at 3pm

The piano was an ideal instrument for Wadsworth’s role because it could easily embrace any number or variety of the magnificent instrumental friends he’d invite to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (if you’re reading this in said church, I invite you now to look up to, yes, a circular dome). But in March, we will bask in the glory of the piano as a solo instrument, with works by Schubert and Bach as golden-circle-spun by pianist Inon Barnatan who stunned and delighted in Season 32.

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April 26 & 27, 2025

Saturday at 5pm | Sunday at 3pm

Caleb will astound us once again in the season finale with his new ensemble, Triple Cortado, playing arrangements of standard repertoire in a miraculous trio of trumpet, trombone and piano. It might sound edgy to arrange Mendelssohn’s perfect Piano Trio in D minor, for example, for such an unlikely ensemble; again, we’re just turning the dial back to an old, common practice of arranging great music for whatever ensemble is at hand.

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