Concerts

Dear Friends, It is my great pleasure to announce programs for the twenty-ninth season of Musical Masterworks,

As I enter my eleventh season as the curator of this concert series, I am more aware than ever of what a truly unique and deeply meaningful experience we all share in the intimate and exquisite First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. For nearly thirty years, audiences and world-class musicians have delighted in passionate and spirited music-making in this magical setting, and I am gratified that Musical Masterworks remains a distinguished sanctuary for this magnificent art form.

 

During the first three concert weekends of the 2019-20 season, we will celebrate several exciting Musical Masterworks debuts, alongside a parade of beloved Musical Masterworks veterans, as we continue to mine the riches of the marvelous chamber music repertory. Masterpieces by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Debussy will be interspersed with seldom performed musical treasures, both old and new, including works performed by the composers themselves.

 

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. To celebrate this important milestone, Musical Masterworks will present the complete cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets over two extended weekends in March and May, performed by the Ehnes Quartet. Encompassing a total of 18 different pieces, this body of work is considered to be one of the most pivotal and profound artistic achievements in the history of mankind. Beethoven’s String Quartets represent the arc of an extraordinary life and of a groundbreaking compositional career. Each quartet is a marvel in its own right, as Beethoven leads us on a journey of the sublime, the devastating, the whimsical, the demonic, the profound, and the otherworldly.

 

In order to present all eighteen quartets in Beethoven’s cycle, we have added a Friday evening performance to each of our concert weekends in March and May. Please also join me for in-depth pre-concert talks one hour before each of our concerts in October and February.

 

As always, I look forward to greeting you from the stage for what promises to be a memorable season of chamber music at Musical Masterworks.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edward Arron

2019-2020 Season

PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

October 19th & 20th, 2019

We are excited to open our 29th season with Musical Masterworks debuts featuring Gilles Vonsattel, piano and Stefan Jackiw, violin.

Join Edward Arron one hour prior to each concert for his highly engaging pre-concert talks.

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December 7th & 8th, 2019

December features beloved Musical Masterworks veterans Adam Neiman, piano and Tara Helen O’Connor, flute.

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February 8th & 9th, 2020

In February, we are delighted to welcome back a parade of our esteemed internationally acclaimed artists.

Join Edward Arron one hour prior to each concert for his highly engaging pre-concert talks.

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Beethoven: March 13th, 14th & 15th, 2020

The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Celebrate this important milestone with us with the first of two very special three-concert weekends featuring the full cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets — encompassing a total of 18 different pieces over this March weekend and our final concert weekend in May.

NOTE:  Each concert is a different program.

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Beethoven: May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2020

We will close our 28th season with the conclusion of the full cycle of Beethoven’s String Quartets.  This body of work is considered to be one of the most pivotal and profound artistic achievements in the history of mankind.  Beethoven’s String Quartets represent the arc of an extraordinary life and of a groundbreaking compositional career.

NOTE:  Each concert is a different program.

Concert Details & Tickets