With the arrival of September, the resumption of UPenn and coaching chamber music over Zoom (oy…), I decided to take a little hiatus from posts. I’m proud of the work we did to make August 2020 a success in the midst of COVID-19 with events both live and virtual. The highlight was undoubtedly the “quartet caroling” around town.
After being holed up since February it felt great to play with real people and get out into the community. In many ways, that’s what the festival has been about since its inception: it is why we have open rehearsals in libraries, coffee shops, bookstores; family concerts and puppet shows, “Hausmusik” readings in homes; a new piece each year with a local connection. The heart of the festival is the concerts but the soul of NCMF is the close interaction with you, our audience.
With halls closed in summer 2020, NCMF came to your doorstep over three days, and to your computers over two weeks, fitting in a live-streamed concert in an empty St. Paul’s along the way.
I’m pleased to report we have more music on the way. Winter Baroque 2020 will be streamed on Sunday, 20 December at 3:00 PM. Yes, Nurit is back. Stay tuned for details on the program but here is a hint:
Lastly, a plea. All the events of the summer – everything – was free: the concerts which raised money for Anna Jacques, the quartet caroling, the conversations and artist picks online, viewing of the documentary “Note by Note.” It was our gift to the community after 19 wonderful seasons. However, our expenses were considerable. Please consider making a contribution to NCMF to ensure its continuation as we look to the future.
Speaking of 2021, planning is underway. Scott Devereaux will arrive with his tuba, Eric Ewazen is hard at work on the new piece, and Alban Berg’s masterpiece from 1925, “Lyric Suite,” will receive its Newburyport premiere. Vaccine or no, the festival will be held live and in person in 2021. How will this be accomplished without putting our audience needlessly at risk, you ask? Ah, we will reveal our plans….later! But it will be grand.
Distant echoes, the vast roof overhead - I feel a slight chill and sense of awe when I walk into a cathedral. I get the same feeling of immensity when I listen to Bach’s sixth cello suite, a work the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich called “a symphony for solo cello.”
This post refers to the NCMF Winter Baroque streamed concert on Sunday, 20 December at 3:00 PM with Nurit Pacht (violin) and Eliana Yang (cello). Check out this link for more information. Donations are gratefully requested: consider $30, $20, $10, or what you can afford. (The sky's the limit!)
Help ensure our continued success
NCMF relies on the assistance of corporations, foundations, and most importantly, you.
The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival fosters an interactive partnership between residents and visiting artists by engaging the community in the process of creating and presenting chamber music in Newburyport’s unique architectural spaces. Read more >>
Receive periodical emails about our Organization and Events. Let us know if you would like a print copy of our summer brochure sent to your home.