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11/05/23

By Tim Leininger for CT Examiner — 11.3.2023 OLD LYME — “Any project like this requires a great deal of trust. We come in not knowing what to expect, but trusting that music is such an unparalleled tool to activate people’s creativity,” said Brad Balliett, a bassoonist for Decoda, a collective of chamber musicians based […]

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10/13/23

By Rick Koster, Day Staff Writer | October 13, 2023 Onstage last year, her first as creative director at Musical Masterworks, violinist/fiddler Tessa Lark would gaze out at the audience during concerts with a sense of excitement, anxiety and, ultimately, reassurance. Yes, the Masterworks programs still consistently sold out the First Congregational Church in Old […]

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10/13/23

Tessa Lark, an acclaimed violinist and the current Artistic Director at Musical Masterworks in Old Lyme, is working tirelessly to maintain classical music’s relevance in the modern era and empower the talented artists she works with. From humble beginnings in Kentucky to studying at The Juilliard School in New York City, Lark’s passion for music […]

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10/12/23

By Rick Koster, Day Staff Writer for The Day, October 11, 2023 The esteemed Musical Masterworks chamber music series opens its 33rd season with concerts Saturday and Sunday in the superb environs of the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme. Tessa Lark, the world-renowned classical violinist and Americana fiddler, returns for her sophomore campaign as […]

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09/27/23

By Clare Byrne for CT Examiner, 9.25.23 The 33rd season of Musical Masterworks will begin on October 14th & 15th at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme, with violinist Tessa Lark commencing her second season as artistic director. Lark — the first woman director of Musical Masterworks, and a down-to-earth superstar violinist — shared […]

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09/14/23

Musical Masterworks is pleased to announce its 33rd Season at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme with their opening concert weekend October 14 and 15.  This season Musical Masterworks will welcome back violinist Tessa Lark for her second season as Artistic Director. “This season we have a wealth of artists new to Musical Masterworks, […]

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03/30/23

Musical Masterworks delivers its final concert of its 32nd Season at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on April 29th and 30th with violinist Tessa Lark as Artistic Director. In April, we finish the season with our dear Edward Arron as he makes his triumphant return with the extraordinary Ehnes Quartet for our closing […]

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02/20/23

Musical Masterworks delivers its fourth concert weekend of its 32nd Season at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on March 18th and 19th with violinist Tessa Lark as Artistic Director. In March, the beloved pianist Jeewon Park returns to join Artistic Director and violinist Tessa Lark for a recital featuring Dvorak, Corigliano, Strauss and […]

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12/30/22

Musical Masterworks delivers its third concert weekend of its 32nd Season at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme on February 4th and 5th with violinist Tessa Lark as Artistic Director. In February Charles Overton (harp), Alex Sopp (flute), and Michael Thurber (bass) will join Tessa Lark (violin) to share not only their instrumental talents […]

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12/23/22

By Erica Moser for The Day, December 15, 2023 Brad Balliett stood in the gym of Groton’s Subase Youth Center in front of a whiteboard with a picture of a bird Wednesday evening, explaining that the next song the quartet was going to play was one he wrote that he considers “to be a collaboration […]

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