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Notes from Festival Artists

Note from Rebecca Anderson: Ysaÿe's Ballade

This summer, violinist Rebecca Anderson will be playing the third unaccompanied violin sonata by Eugène Ysaÿe.

Notes from Festival Artists

Penderecki’s Capriccio for solo tuba

This summer, tuba virtuoso Scott Devereaux will be playing Capriccio for solo tuba by the late Polish master Krzysztof Penderecki who passed away in 2020.

Notes from David Yang

Plans for the Summer Festival 2021: Garden Variety

Set aside Wednesday, August 4 to Sunday, August 15 because NCMF is on for summer 2021 with six concerts in six days.

Notes from David Yang

The Perfect Piece?

Is there such a thing as a perfect piece of music? Not too long nor too short, melodious not saccharine,

Announcements

20TH ANNIVERSARY 20-DAY CHALLENGE MATCH

NEWBURYPORT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL BEGINS 20TH YEAR WITH 20-DAY CHALLENGE MATCH!

Notes from David Yang

“The Creation of the World” by Darius Milhaud

Sunday, June 6 the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival is back in action.

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A new interview with tuba player Sergeant First Class Scott Devereaux

The first LP I ever owned was a collection of marches by John Philip Sousa...

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Ennio Morricone, music & film

Last year the great Italian composer Ennio Morricone passed away at the age of 91. You might not recognize the name but I’ll wager you know his music.

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Frozen Music

Architecture runs in my family: my parents met in architecture school and both worked in the profession before going on to other fields ...

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Note from Alessandra: New Year's Post 2021

You may have seen me around Newburyport or playing viola in the summer concert: my name is Alessandra, and I am David's younger daughter.

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Storytelling, Holiday and Family

With Winter Baroque squarely behind us, I thought I’d take off my Artistic Director hat and put on another.

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The Bach Chaconne

Decades ago I read “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking and dimly remember a passage where he said the concept of infinity is beyond the capacity of the human brain to conceptualize.

Notes from David Yang

Bach’s sixth suite for unaccompanied cello

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.”

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A Conversation with Ania Vu

David talks with composer Ania Vu about her background and new composition for the Winter Baroque concert.

Notes from David Yang

Winter Baroque and the Return of Nurit Pacht

I love winter: the low afternoon sun, footsteps crunching on new snow, huddling in bed under a comforter, that unusual pink night sky that signals snow.

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The Ubiquitous String Quartet

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.

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: David Yang (Artistic Director)

On selected nights of the festival, I asked past artists of NCMF to choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience. Each selection will be preceded by short video introduction to the link. On this, the festival’s final night, I am including two links to send everyone home.

Artists

A Conversation with Scott Devereaux (tuba)

Scott Devereaux (tuba): A conversation with David Yang, Artistic Director NCMF(July 2020)

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: Makoto Nakura (marimba)

On selected nights of the festival, I’ve asked past artists to choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience. Each selection will be preceded by a short introduction with the artist.

Artists

A Conversation with Eliana Yang, cello

Eliana Yang: A conversation with Beth Clary, President of NCMF Board (July 2020)

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar)

On selected nights of the festival, I’ve asked past artists to choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience.Each selection will be preceded by a short introduction with the artist.

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: Nurit Pacht (violin)

On selected nights of the festival, I’ve asked past artists to choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience.Each selection will be preceded by a short introduction with the artist.

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: Daniel Lippel (guitar)

On selected nights of the festival, I’ve asked past artists to choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience. Each selection will be preceded by a short introduction with the artist.

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

A Conversation with Eric Ewazen (composer)

Eric Ewazen: A conversation with David Yang, Artistic Director NCMF (July 2020)

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: Cynthia Roberts (baroque violin)

On selected nights of the festival, I’ve asked past artiststo choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience.Each selection will be preceded by a short introduction with the artist.

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: Clare Hammond (piano)

On selected nights of the festival, I’ve asked past artiststo choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience.Each selection will be preceded by a short introduction with the artist.

Artists

A Conversation with David Yang

David Yang in conversation with Beth Clary, President of the NCMF Board (July 2020)

Summer Festival 2020 - Artist's Pick

Artist's Pick: Todd Palmer (clarinet)

On selected nights of the festival, I’ve asked past artists to choose a surprise Youtube performance as a treat for our audience. Each selection will be preceded by a short introduction with the artist.

Notes from David Yang

Schedule for Summer 2020 reimagined

Despite general weirdness everywhere, we’re determined to make NCMF 2020 joyful with many festival-related events - some live, some virtual.

Notes from David Yang

Recollections of NCMF, Summer 2019, Eighteenth Season

For the last nineteen years, Newburyport Chamber Music Festival has taken over the town for a week or two every August.As we experience a summer unlike any other, I wanted to revisit 2019, one of the best seasons we’ve had.

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A conversation with Sébastien van Kuijk

David chats with Sébastien van Kuijk, a Festival Artist in August 2019 whose 2020 visit here was foiled by COVID-19

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A conversation with Yonah Zur

This summer I will occasionally post conversations with the artists who were scheduled to come to Newburyport this summer.

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Composers confronting mortality

The pain started as a dull ache in my abdomen around New Rochelle; by Stamford I was doubled over in agony.

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Copland's "Appalachian Spring"

In 1982 I received the best birthday present of all time: a Sony Walkman WM-R2. Oh man, putting those earphones on….You know those stories about the audience reaction in 1895 at the screening of the first motion picture?

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Summer 2020 is ON… but not as you expect

Some of you have been wondering what we are going to do this summer with COVID-19 followed by the foundation-rocking and (hopefully) transformative events of the last few weeks.

Notes from David Yang

Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”

Recently I’ve noticed the call of a Very Loud Bird I don’t recall hearing outside my window in the morning. It is entirely likely it’s been there all along, I just never had the space to listen pre-lockdown.

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Schubert Fantasia in F Minor for piano four hands

Why can’t I get enough of sad music? My daughters hate to sit near me at the opera because I have been known to cry uncontrollably and it feels so good.

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Brahms C Major Piano Trio

You’re going to have to indulge me in this week’s post just a bit. You see, when we started the festival in 2001 I hoped Newburyport would become a kind of second home for my family and me.

Notes from David Yang

Beethoven's Opus 130

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.

Notes from David Yang

Pictures at an Exhibition

While we all sit at home in our pajamas struggling to recall what day of the week it is, let’s look back at an extraordinary solo piano recital at St. Paul’s in 2016 when friend of the festival, Amy Yang, brought the house down with “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Notes from David Yang

Transfigured Night

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.

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Music to Listen to When a Concert Is Postponed

Michael Brown's March 2020 performances are postponed. David conveys the sad news but offers some suggestions for music to lessen the coronavirus anxiety.

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Reflections on composers and composing

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

Notes from David Yang

The return of Michael Brown..... and more

March is coming, spring is not far behind, and that means piano recital. I’m pleased to report that Michael Brown will be returning for a concert (Saturday, March 28) and, the next day, a demonstration on musical interpretation (Sunday morning, March 29).

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Ensemble Epomeo 2007-2017

David Yang reflects on 10 years with a string trio.

Notes from David Yang

A Tale of Tikka Masala

It seems that around this time of year people are specifically drawn to reassuring music.

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Cooking up a Baroque Concert

Playing baroque music is a kind of going back to the basic ingredients of our art form.

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"The Gift to Urashima Tarō:"  Remembering our 2015 Collaboration with Exit Dance  

With Jay Reise’s retirement concert at the University of Pennsylvania coming up in a few days, I thought this would be a good time to look back at one of the most extraordinary pieces I have ever commissioned.

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Reflections on NCMF Summer 2019

REFLECTIONS ON NCMF SUMMER 2019: A Visual Portrait

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The Ravel Duo for Violin and Cello

Just think what was going in the Roaring '20s in art, literature, science, politics, society. The rule book had been thrown out the window following the war to end all wars.  

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"A Day in the Life of Newburyport" by Robert Bradshaw

Artistic Director David Yang's notes on the new piece for 2019.

Notes from David Yang

"Ainsi la Nuit" by Dutilleux

I’ve wanted to program this incredible, weird, and magical piece for ages. Written in 1976, French composer Henri Dutilleux’s “Ainsi la nuit” (Thus the Night) has become a modern classic.

Notes from David Yang

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 6

After a Book Salon focusing on Shostakovich and the "The Noise of Time" by Julian Barnes, here are David Yang's program notes for Shostakovich’s 6th String Quartet featured this summer.

Notes from David Yang

Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421

In advance of this summer’s festival, Artistic Director David Yang is sending out some of the program notes he has written on the repertoire, in this instance Mozart’s String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421.

Concerts

Notes from Michael Brown's Recital

David Yang reflects on Michael Brown’s program.

Notes from David Yang

Good News and Bad News

The good news -- but also bad news -- is that there's only one ticket left to Michael Brown’s upcoming piano recital in Newbury.

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David shares some of Michael Brown's favorite performances by other artists

In preparation for his March 30th solo piano recital, I asked Michael to share some of his favorite performances by other artists of works on his upcoming concert program.

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2019: Our 18th Season Begins!

2019: Our 18th Season begins with Michael Brown, pianist and composer.

Artists

October News from one of our Summer 2018 artists and more...

October update from one our 2018 artists and preview of Winter Baroque 2018

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