Reflections on NCMF Summer 2019
REFLECTIONS ON NCMF SUMMER 2019: A Visual Portrait
We hope you were able to attend many of the summer events of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival in August. Our summer festival is the only one of its kind in this area: an immersive experience for artists and audiences alike! In the course of ten magical days we observed the Festival musicians as they worked through considerable technical and artistic challenges to assemble this year’s magnificent program.
One of those musicians, violinist Miho Saegusa, is a member of the Aizuri Quartet.
She just informed us of that group’s debut recording, Blueprinting. The recording is of compositions written for the Aizuri by five innovative American composers. Miho said that her quartet worked for years on these pieces and are so excited to release this music into the world. Follow this link to their website and learn why: www.aizuriquartet.com.
Even before this past summer's Festival, Artistic Director David Yang and the board began planning for next year. We welcome feedback as we develop an equally memorable event in Newburyport for Summer 2019.
Meanwhile, mark your calendar and buy your tickets for the Festival’s December 16th "Winter Baroque" concert and listen to the sample of the Aizuri Quartet’s recordings on their website.
Playing baroque music is a kind of going back to the basic ingredients of our art form. The groundwork for rampant chromaticism and atonality, tone poems, symphonies of a thousand, even epic operatic cycles, was laid down well over three hundred years ago. The Baroque era is when classical music coalesced into the art form we recognize today. And the music of the baroque is as sophisticated and profound as anything that followed.