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Midway through its summer season, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival gave an outstanding concert that exemplified what it has come to be known for: a well-chosen selection of sublime classics offering entertainment of the highest order, along with a refreshing sampling of the best of the newest additions to the repertoire.
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival kicks off its month-long, 13-concert series on July 30 with a program of music by Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann, in a composer portrait called “Love, Genius, Madness,” narrated by Alan Alda.
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival’s spring series is back for a third season. It appears that this springtime addition to the festival’s longstanding summer series has earned itself a permanent place on the East End’s classical music scene, increasing from two concerts originally to three last year, and this year adding a premiere performance to the lineup. And, no surprise, it looks like an exciting and harmonious mix of the new and well known in both repertoire and performers.
On a perfect, warm summer late afternoon, in a pastoral outdoor setting overlooking Fort Pond, Music for Montauk’s program “Inspired by Shakespeare” delighted concertgoers. The program on Aug. 17 was the second of five events in a summer series that took place over seven days, and it was the first concert to be held at the newly renovated Fort Pond House in Montauk.
Two concerts with imaginative programming and outstanding performances marked the beginning of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival’s 33rd season. One was an overview of a great composer’s life and music, and the other was a sampling of shorter, lighter pieces that are not often heard.
Two concerts that will be welcome summer events for lovers of chamber music will take place at Guild Hall tomorrow and Saturday night at 7, well before other established festivals here. Six musicians from the New York Philharmonic will give the back-to-back concerts along with a guest pianist, the first time the Philharmonic has been represented on the John Drew Theater stage.
A pipe organ that had been silent for three decades is now making music again at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, thanks to the initiative of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Donald Hanson; the generosity of two of its parishioners, and the skills of a number of organ technicians and craftsmen.