I take great comfort knowing that, after all of these years, Old Lyme, Connecticut remains a sanctuary for the magnificent Art of Chamber Music. As time passes, I feel more strongly than ever that the arts are an indispensable part of a healthy society, and a necessary escape from the constant distractions of the fast-paced world in which we live.
Each year, I treasure the opportunity to mine the depths of the glorious chamber music repertory in order to create five distinctive and transporting musical journeys.
As always, I am delighted to welcome back a parade of beloved MM veterans, including two fixtures and favorite artists of the series since its inception: violinist Chee-Yun and clarinetist Todd Palmer. This season also marks a number of exciting Old Lyme debuts of internationally acclaimed artists, including violinist James Ehnes, violist Richard O’Neill, and pianist Orion Weiss. We will celebrate with masterpieces by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Bartók, alongside a trove of lesser-known gems from the repertory spanning from the Baroque era to present time.
In December and April, I will give a pre-concert talk beginning one hour before each concert, in which I will discuss the history and compositional facets of the works that will be performed.
Please also stay tuned about our new venture, MMModern, in which Musical Masterworks will present performances of contemporary chamber music in a more casual setting. More information about MMModern will be available soon.
I do hope that you will join me for what promises to be another thrilling season of chamber music at Musical Masterworks.