BUZZARDS BAY MUSICFEST
July 12 – 16,2017
Buzzards Bay Musicfest returns for its twenty-first year with concerts July 12th – 16th, 2017. Staged at Tabor Academy’s Fireman Center, the series opens and closes with orchestral concerts, with two chamber music concerts and a jazz performance held in-between. A highlight of the festival is the Children’s Open Rehearsal, a unique opportunity for young and aspiring musicians. This event provides, for many children, their first classical music experience; it includes a post-rehearsal meet & greet session with the Musicfest’s Guest Maestro, Antony Walker, as well as its many distinguished performers and the Artistic Director, Charles Stegeman. These gifted musicians have presented hundreds of works in a variety of styles and ensembles, ranging from chamber music duos and trios to full orchestra. Each year brings new works from a variety of composers. This year’s selections will include works by Mozart, Hummel, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Beethoven, among others.
With each season, the Musicfest continues to grow and expand its range. Two years ago, a performance by the sensational Sean Jones Quartet was added to the concert series, a complement to the classical variety of the Musicfest’s traditional offerings. Featured in those performances was dynamic pianist Orrin Evans. A Pew Fellow and two-time Grammy nominee, Evans has been recognized as one of the most inventive and distinctive pianists of his generation. This year, Evans headlines with his own Quartet – which includes saxophonist Stacy Dillard, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr. – along with vocalist Joanna Pascale. With five such deft and dynamic musicians at play, the performance on Saturday, July 16th is sure to thrill!
Also this year, world-renowned conductor Antony Walker returns as Guest Maestro. Since making his professional conducting debut in Sydney, Australia, Walker has conducted over 200 operas, large and smaller scale choral/orchestral works, and symphonic and chamber works with companies around the globe. Having trained as a cellist, Maestro Walker developed an understanding of orchestral music at an early age, and is noted for his sensitive interpretation and execution of varied operatic styles, as well as his exceptional reading of new works. He is currently serving as Music Director of the Pittsburgh Opera, and has also served as Artistic Director of Washington Concert Opera, as Co-Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera, and as Musical Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. He also co-founded Cantillation, a chorus of professional singers. A prolific recording artist, Walker has recorded 30 CDs and DVDs, winning a variety of accolades and awards, to include the international DVD Association Award for Music Excellence. Maestro Walker is the recipient of the distinguished Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Award, the Churchill Fellowship and the Queen’s Trust Award, among others.
By design, all Buzzards Bay Musicfest concerts are free. It was the mission of the Musicfest’s founding members to provide an extraordinary opportunity for cultural enrichment to the public, without cost. While the Buzzards Bay Musicfest Foundation provides a small percentage of the festival’s operating budget, a whopping 97% of funding comes from individual donations, both large and small. Whether one dollar or one thousand, every contribution counts, and each monetary gift helps to provide a rich musical experience for so many.