Bay Chamber summer begins
Rockport — Bay Chamber officially opens the 2012 Summer Music Festival Thursday, July 5 at 8 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The Opening Night program features Anna Polonsky with her talented husband, Orion Weiss, a duo who will perform some of the greatest four-hand piano masterpieces ever composed, as well as works for two pianos. The program includes Schubert’s Variations on an Original Theme in A Flat Major, D. 813; Dutilleux’s Fugures de Resonance; Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole; Shumann’s Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66; and Ravel’s La Valse.
Polonsky, winner of Bay Chamber’s 2011 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals. She has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall's Stern, Weill, and Zankel halls; and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators in his generation, winning acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues in a wide range of repertoire and formats. In 2010, Weiss was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year and in 2011 he released a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev and Bartok in 2011. He will be featured in a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta.
Ticketholders are invited to attend a free pre-concert talk featuring the musicians and Bay Chamber’s new artistic director, Manuel Bagorro. Thursday night pre-concert talks, held each week as part of the Summer Music Festival series, take place at 7 p.m. in the opera house's downstairs meeting room. Ticketholders also are invited to a reception following the performance at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, just down the street.
Tickets to most Summer Music Festival events are $30 for value seating, $40 prime seating; tickets for students younger than 19 are $8. Discounts available with subscription. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Bay Chamber Concerts at baychamberconcerts.org or by calling the box office at 236-2823 or (888) 707-2770. New this year, Bay Chamber is offering a scaled-price ticketing option for concertgoers interested in attending more than one event — the more concerts attended, the greater the savings.
Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.