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Making the Connections: CPMF's 19th Summer Season
The summer season is set: the programs, the musicians and my expectation that our 19th Season will be one of our best ever. I just love the creative process of traveling across borders, across eras, and through musical styles to discover just the right combination of masterpieces and composers that finally connect in the festival programs that are born out of this journey.
This coming season we will travel from Mexico [1. Canciones, Clarinet & Flute], to a world of Jewish composers [2. L'Chaim/To Life!]; we'll cross an ocean to the lush sound of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet [3. Brazil or Bust], then over to Europe to revel in the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms [4. Germanic Giants] with a final push south to bask in the warmth of Italian beauty [5. Bella Italia]. We also travel back to Kerrville this summer after an absence of several seasons. And, under the auspices of the Austin Chamber Music Center and Artistic Director Michelle Schumann, we have been invited to take our "Bella Italia" program to Austin, a city we frequented many times in the early years of CPMF. We can't wait to perform in Kerrville and Austin again.
There are 20 great musicians to accompany me on our summer trip, old friends and new. San Antonio's Symphony's Sharon Kuster (bassoon) and Ilya Shterenberg (clarinet) join me along with Concertmaster Eric Gratz who I am so pleased will make his CPMF debut this summer. Old friends and violists Daniel Panner and David Harding are back as well as SAIPC's Gold Medal winner Lo-An Lin, back after her resounding successes last summer. And the four fabulous musicians of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet join us for one and only one concert, in Boerne, on Sunday July 12 at 7 pm. I could go on. Instead take a look at our 2015 artistic horn-of-plenty on our artists page to discover the accomplishments of these phenomenal chamber musicians.
In the meantime, if you want to slack your thirst for great chamber music, take a look at our Soirée Specials and our VIP Patron card. That card entitles you to THREE intimate house concerts PLUS gourmet food and convivial company. Click here for more information and an easy online way to make your purchase.
We look forward to seeing you at our February 8 house concert!
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