Annapolis Chamber Music Festival

Fearless musicians. Stories that sing.

Fine Wine and Finer Music: Vive la France!
Aug
3
7:30 PM19:30

Fine Wine and Finer Music: Vive la France!

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From the glitz of the champs elysee to the bohemian charm of Montmartre, this year’s Fine Wine and Finer Music is all about France.  From the time of Louis XIV to the cabarets, we’ll express our élan in the performance of wonderful French music and enjoy a selection of tasty vintages from Bin 201. A selection of light bites will be provided as well. Then after the concert, stay and raise a final glass with the musicians.  

Program:

Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (arr. for woodwind quintet)

Darius Milhaud: String Quartet no. 1

Shorter selections by Lully, Edith Piaf, and more!

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Echoes: Chamber music for voice and solo instrument
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

Echoes: Chamber music for voice and solo instrument

Our Echoes concert explores the interplay of virtuosic solo instruments and the human voice. When the two team up, they can explore realms spoken and unspoken through words, music, and a vast variety of tones. Acclaimed Baltimore soprano Melissa Wimbish brings short works by Schubert, Vaughan-Williams, and Gounoud to life, then shares a special work by Jessica Meyer which Wimbish premiered in Carnegie Hall in 2016.  The concert will conclude with an early masterpiece of lyric chamber music by Vaughan-Williams. Explore romance, lyricism and drama through a whirlwind of sweet sounds, calculated to refresh and energize the spirit!

Echoes

Ralph Vaughan Williams - 3 Vocalises for soprano voice and clarinet

Gounoud/Bottesini - My Beloved Spake for soprano, double bass, and piano

Franz Schubert - Auf dem Strom for soprano, horn and piano

Jessica Meyer  - Space in Chains for soprano and viola

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Piano Quintet

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Mixed Emotions
Aug
8
7:30 PM19:30

Mixed Emotions

At the heart of ACMF is our commitment to showcasing the sonic possibilities of the classical idiom. This concert offers a program of impassioned music, with each piece featuring an ensemble drawn from multiple instrumental families. From the edge-of-your seat excitement of Marc Mellits’ “SPAM,” to the contemplative and solemn “Threnodies,” by Aaron Copland, each work offers new sounds and new ways of understanding music. The program culminates with Mozart’s joyous Quintet for Piano and Winds, a seminal work in the wind chamber music repertoire.

Mixed Emotions

Marc Mellits - Spam for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Aaron Copland - Threnodies for flute and string trio
Andrea Clearfield - Three Songs after Poems by Pablo Neruda for oboe and double bass

W.A. Mozart - Quintet for piano and winds, K. 452

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Never Such Innocence Again: Songs and Chamber Music of World War 1
Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

Never Such Innocence Again: Songs and Chamber Music of World War 1

Join Grammy-nominated baritone Randall Scarlata, soprano Melissa Wimbish and the ACMF musicians for a one-of-a-kind event exploring the songs and chamber music of World War I.  Trace the arc of the war through ripped-from-the-headlines masterpieces from Debussy, Bartok, Irving Berlin, Charles Ives, and host of others. Then, take a tour through the new styles and trends that arose from the war’s ashes, from neoclassicism to cabaret jazz.  With a whirlwind of short works on the program, this concert shows off the incredible diversity of music written during the biggest period of upheaval the world has ever known.

Never Such Innocence Again

Program to include short works by composers including Claude Debussy, Charles Ives, Irving Berlin, Enrique Granados, George Butterworth, Bela Bartok, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Dmitri Shostakovich, Kurt Weill and more

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Sacred/Profane
Aug
10
7:30 PM19:30

Sacred/Profane


In Sacred/Profane, we explore two ways of looking at life through the lens of great music. Energetic, humorous pieces by Guillaume Connesson and Jean Francaix celebrate the energy and sensuality of everyday existence. Then, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and selections from Bach’s Musical Offering lift our sights to the heavens. Finally, Osvaldo Golijov’s searingly beautiful Tenebrae attempts to unify the human and the divine.  It’s our last concert of the 2019 season, so come celebrate wonderful music with us!

Sacred/Profane

Guillaume Connesson: Techno Parade

Jean Francaix - Dectet for winds and strings

W.A. Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus

J.S. Bach - Trio Sonata from the Musical Offering (arr. for winds and piano)

Osvaldo Golijov - Tenebrae for string quartet



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Exploring Inner Landscapes
Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

Exploring Inner Landscapes

Music has the power to transport the listener to a specific time and place.  It also has the power to disclose the inner state of the composer.  What happens, what does it sound like, when a piece of music has both of these powers?  In our final concert of the 2018 season, we explore music which creates and explores a world of its own making - the landscapes of the mind.

Arvo Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel for flute and piano

Arthur Loeffler - Deux Rhapsodies for viola, oboe and piano

Carl Nielsen - Serenata in Vano, op. 69

Jean Sibelius - En Saga, op. 9

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3rd Annual Wine and Music Night
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

3rd Annual Wine and Music Night

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United by their complexity of flavor, richness of color, and connections to history, music and wine are two things anyone can appreciate. Our concert of music and wine pairings returns for another season, and it’s sure to stimulate the senses. 2018 brings an added dimension, with a focus on dynamic female composers from the past and present. The ability of music to give voice to the less heard is the inspiration for this program, and it’s certain to inspire and excite any and all ears.

Barbara Strozzi  - Surgite, Surgite 

Caroline Shaw - Limestone and Felt for viola and cello

Katie Balch - With Each Breathing for string quartet

Joan Tower - Island Preludes for woodwind quintet

Gilda Lyons - Folklórico for piano, violin and cello

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Music at the Hammond-Harwood House
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Music at the Hammond-Harwood House

ACMF returns to Annapolis’ historic Hammond-Harwood house for a second year—with a twist. As we look to explore how setting can affect and inform chamber music, we bring our performance outside to the serene garden of this landmark home. Works by American composers, many of which draw inspiration from the natural world, will be featured in a unique intersection of sound and place that’s sure to reveal hidden depth in each work.

Julia Wolfe - Seven Star Shoes for woodwind quintet

John Luther Adams - Dream of the Canyon Wren for string quartet

Samuel Barber - Summer Music for woodwind quintet

Charles Ives - String Quartet no. 1

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Dialogues - Music for Two and Three Players
Jul
31
7:30 PM19:30

Dialogues - Music for Two and Three Players

A great piece of music on the stand and two performers willing to open their hearts - in Dialogues, we go straight to the heart of chamber music. Each of the works on this program is chosen to highlight the artistry of collaboration, which demands not only virtuosity but also the ability to "talk" musically to one's partner.  You will be part of the dialogue as well - in the fantasy pieces on the first half of the program, you will hear the composers speaking to you in soaring, rhapsodic tones.  Come and join the conversation! 

Paul Taffanel - Fantasy on themes from "Der Freischutz"

Robert Schumann - Three Romances for Bassoon and Piano, op. 94

George Gershwin - Selections from Porgy and Bess for Violin and Piano (arr. Heifetz)

Johannes Brahms - Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano op. 40

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The Color of Sound
Jul
28
7:30 PM19:30

The Color of Sound

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In music notated on the page, we can see pitches and rhythms clearly written out.  Yet the most fundamental aspect of music, the sound of the instrument, is impossible to capture with pen and ink.  The works chosen for this program are written in different styles and time periods, yet they all derive beauty from skillfully mixing the distinctive sounds of each instrument into unusual combinations.  

Francis Poulenc - Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano op. 43

Sergei Prokofiev - Quintet op. 39 for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass

George Onslow - Nonet op. 77

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Music For the Theater - The Winds of ACMF
May
27
7:30 PM19:30

Music For the Theater - The Winds of ACMF

In anticipation of its third season, the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival invites you to an evening of exciting wind music, perfectly at home on the Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Main Stage.  The programs will feature arrangements of two classical masterworks that embody the colorful and adventurous spirit of the festival ensemble: Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and Ravel's String Quartet in F major.

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Musica Eclectica
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Musica Eclectica

Feeling up for anything? Come join us! You'll be able to kick back at the Metropolitan as we seamlessly weave together music from the Baroque through the 21st century with a uniquely theatrical flair.  The pieces? Our secret.  Like no concert you've seen before.

Featuring 3 sets of themed pieces with improvisatory interludes from composer and DJ Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8).  

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Fine Wine and Finer Music
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Fine Wine and Finer Music

Our pairing of musical selections with wines curated by experts at Annapolis' Bin 42 is back by popular demand.  You'll sip wine and relax in the historic confines of the Hammond Harwood house while the artists of the ACMF perform works by Beethoven, VIlla-Lobos, Telemann and more.

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ACMF Presents: The Shea-Kim Duo
Aug
8
7:30 PM19:30

ACMF Presents: The Shea-Kim Duo

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We're proud to spotlight our own Shea-Kim Duo in this very special concert! Comprised of violinist Brendan Shea and pianist Yerin Kim, the duo will perform repertoire drawn from the wealth of great works composed for the combination of piano and violin.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata no. 3 op. 12

Alfred Schnittke: Suite in the Olden Style

 Gernot Wolfgang: Lyrical Intermezzo (incl. Remy Taghavi, bassoon)

Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata no. 2 op. 77

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ACMF Up/Close 2017 Fundraising Party
May
20
4:00 PM16:00

ACMF Up/Close 2017 Fundraising Party

Be among the first to support our 2017 season and get even more ACMF magic! On May 20th, we're hosting a very special house concert for our early donors of $250 and above.  This private event will feature ACMF musicians performing solo and ensemble music in an intimate house party setting. 

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