2019: Our 18th Season Begins!

2019 will be an amazing season. In April the festival returns to Newbury with a solo piano recital by Michael Brown, recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Marlboro Festival. Michael is an award-winning composer and will perform some of his own works as well as pieces by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Bartók, and Beethoven’s beloved “Moonlight” sonata.
Michael Brown, pianist, composer

This concert is in a private home and the opportunity to sit so close to the performer is a unique experience; tickets sell out quickly (on sale in February). The performance will also feature a pre-concert interview with the artist.

Here is a profile of Michael from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:

After the spring recital, summer is not far behind. As usual, the music will be a balance of the beautiful (Bach, Mozart), familiar (Ravel, Shostakovich), edgy (Bartok), and other-worldy (Dutilleux). We also have an exciting commission by Robert Bradshaw titled “A Day in the Life of Newburyport” (more on that in a later post). Following the cue of the world premiere, we’ll be playing in more locations around town than ever before. Indeed, during a week and a half in mid-August we’ll be ubiquitous and you’ll have to go out of your way to avoid running into the visiting artists around town in unexpected places.

David Yang, Artistic Director

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David Yang

If Bach is God, Beethoven is Man. Where Bach speaks of eternal truths and the mysteries of the universe. Beethoven defines the essence of what it is to be human. I’ll show you in 40 seconds of music.In 2018 we played Beethoven’s string quartet, Opus 130. The fifth movement, titled “Cavatina” by the composer (a cavatina is a type of song) begins and ends with a slow melody that sandwiches six extraordinary measures. Over those measures he writes “beklemmt.”


David Yang

With Michael Brown performance and discussion coming up, David Yang reflects on composers and the act of composing.


David Yang

As we all hunker down indoors, “socially distanced” and grimly tracking the progress of COVID-19 across our communities, I thought some kind of distraction might be welcome. In particular, I’ve been thinking about revisiting favorite works from the last nineteen (!) seasons of NCMF. Of course, any such list of favorites will be highly subjective. One friend recently provided me with his personal ranking system:

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