Annapolis Chamber Music Festival

Fearless musicians. Stories that sing.

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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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 Fantasy Pieces op. 73

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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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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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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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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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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