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Chesapeake Chamber Music Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Jul 14, 2015 03:19PM ● By Becca Newell

Chesapeake Chamber Music’s Gala guests Elizabeth Koprowski, Charlie Thornton, Suzanne and Steve Brigham, and Bernice and Jerry Michael. Bernice Michael is the chairperson of the 2015 Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival.

On Friday, June 5th, Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) kicked off its season of festivals with a celebratory fundraising event, “Celebrate 30!” at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. Guests enjoyed a cabaret-style evening with live music by the Chuck Redd Quartet, including singer and pianist Champian Fulton. The evening event, organized by Lin and Steve Clineburg, Co-Chairs of the event, included passed hors d’oeuvres and open bar, followed by a bountiful gourmet cocktail buffet. There was also a raffle of a variety of themed baskets and a silent auction.

This year’s annual Chamber Music Festival drew record crowds and enthusiastic audiences who attended six concerts, five Artist Showcases, and two rehearsals open to the public at no charge. The 13 events were held in various Eastern Shore locations. Venues included such perennial favorites as The Avalon Theatre, the Academy Art Museum, historic St. Paul’s Church in Centreville, Trinity Cathedral in Easton, and St. Michaels Middle-High School Performing Arts Theater.  Two new venues were the state-of-the-art performing space at the Oxford Community Center and the Talbot Country Club. In celebration of Festival 30!, Chesapeake Chamber Music Artistic Directors J. Lawrie Bloom and Marcy Rosen commissioned the piece “New Horizons,” by 30-year old composer Roger Zare – a quartet for piano, oboe, clarinet and cello.

According to Mike Bracy, President of Chesapeake Chamber Music, “For 30 years Chesapeake Chamber Music has added greatly to the quality of life on the Eastern Shore. Our Chamber Music Festival opens the summer season in great style and our Monty Alexander Jazz Festival will wind up the season in similar style on Labor Day Weekend.”

Generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enable Chesapeake Chamber Music to offer affordable tickets to both its annual Chamber Music Festival and the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. For additional information, visit chesapeakechambermusic.org.