MOUNT DESERT — The Tuesday, Aug. 7, concert of the Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor will be the annual ad hoc concert that will bring together various distinguished soloists who will perform solo and chamber music.
Dominique Labelle, soprano, whose repertoire ranges from baroque music, French and Italian opera to contemporary music, and of whom The Washington Post said, “…she has an outstanding voice, one of impassioned resonance and incredible skill,” will perform some sophisticated songs, full of wit and dance rhythms, that Gioachino Rossini, the famous opera composer (The Barber of Seville), wrote. She will be accompanied by Todd Crow, music director and pianist of the festival. She also will sing the “Chansons Madecasses” for voice, cello and piano by Ravel, in which she will be joined by flutist, Mindy Kaufman (a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1979); Mark Shuman, resident cellist since 1977; and Todd Crow, pianist.
This music of Ravel ranges from the exotic, spare, almost primitive sounding to the passionate and pastoral sounding of his love songs.
The program will open with the prelude, Recitatif et Variations, Op. 3 for flute, viola and piano, by Durufle. This piece will spotlight violist Doug Scheindlin, acclaimed by The New York Times as an 'extraordinary violist' of immense flair.”
He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Ensembles and has regularly participated in summer festivals such as Salzburg and Tanglewood.
The program will conclude with the Piano Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 41 by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) with Stephanie Chase, violinist, joining the group. Ms. Chase made her Carnegie Hall debut at age 18, was a top prize winner at the International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow and is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Her playing is widely acclaimed for its “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination,” according to The Boston Globe. This piano quartet displays a firm grounding in classical forms with a wide range of moods and textures befitting romantic music of this period.
For further information and reservations, call 276-3988. Curtain for all shows is at 8:15 p.m.
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