BRIDGEHAMPTON CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMS
A CONCERT THAT TRANSCENDS CULTURES AND ERAS
Outdoors at the Parrish Art Museum Monday, August 8, 6:30–7:30pm
BCMF musicians appearing at the Parrish, 2022. Photo courtesy Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.
WATER MILL, NY 7/22/2022—The Parrish Art Museum continues its ongoing partnership with the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (BCMF) to present a specially curated program on the Museum’s terrace, Monday, August 8, 6:30–7:30 PM, that transcends cultures and eras. The virtuoso musicians featured at the concert include BCMF Artistic Director and flutist Marya Martin, clarinetist Bixby Kennedy, oboist James Austin Smith, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, French horn player Stewart Rose, violinist Stella Chen, violist Cong Wu, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis.
The program alternates works for winds and strings, beginning with Umoja for Wind Quintet by flutist/contemporary composer Valerie Coleman. The Swahili word for “unity,” Umoja was originally a simple family call-and-response call for unity sung at Kwanzaa. Coleman arranged the tune for her wind quintet Imani Winds, with the melody carried by French horn. BCMF’s string players take the stage for Trio for Strings in G minor (1894) by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Wind players return for the Humoreske for Wind Quintet (1939) by Viennese composer Alexander Zemlinsky.
In Jean Françaix’s String Trio in C (1933), three of the four brief movements are bright and crisp, with a strong kinetic connection to the dance music the composer was writing at the time.
BCMF wind players come together with oboe in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 370/368b (1781), written for the composer’s friend—virtuoso oboist Friedrich Ramm.
The concert concludes with contemporary composer Derek Bermel’s Ghanaian dance-inspire, Wanderings for Wind Quintet (1994) which alludes to the Muslim and Jewish quarters that exist side by without boundaries in Jerusalem’s Old City. Similarly, in Bermel’s work, musical threads of continuity appear and suddenly vanish, remaining elusive. Wanderings reveals influences of gyil music of the Daghati and Lobi peoples, who live in NorthwesternGhana, Southern Burkina-Faso, and Northeastern Ivory Coast.
Tickets are $30 for Parrish Members and students, $35 for the public. Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is strongly recommended. Limited tickets will be available at the door. All sales are final, non-transferable, and non-refundable In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to the Lichtenstein Theater.
Support for the program is provided by Weill Cornell Medicine – Southampton and The Corcoran Group
Since 1984, Bridgehampton Chamber Music has brought the very best of chamber music to Long Island’s East End. From a pair of concerts over a single weekend, to a series of concerts over 5 weeks in the summer as well as a series of concerts each spring and fall, BCM has become one of the country’s most highly regarded chamber music organizations in the country. Each year, some of the world’s finest chamber musicians gather in Bridgehampton to create unique musical experiences.
Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.