KENNEBUNK -Â Chamber music returns to the Kennebunks as VentiCordi launches their second season of concerts. Concerts are scheduled for July 8th, July 22nd, and August 12th at Christ Church in Kennebunk. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church, 6 Dane Street, Kennebunk. Doors are open for admission half hour before concert time. General Admission is $20 at the door. Seniors, $15; 18 years and younger, $5. For more information email VentiCordi@gmail.com, visit VentiCordi online at www.VentiCordi.com or phone (207) 725-0219.
VentiCordi (Winds and Strings) is a musical collaboration between oboist Kathleen McNerney and violinist Dean Stein, combining their love of chamber music with innovative programming that blends wind and string instruments to make exciting concert experiences.
The success of last summerâ€™s concerts in Kennebunk has encouraged them to expand their offerings this summer.
The July 8th concert will offer music by composers Alberto Ginastera of Argentina, Maurice Ravel of France, Max Reger of Germany and Benjamin Britten of England. Ginastera and Ravelâ€™s music offers a pair of contrasting duets; the first for flautist Eileen Holt and oboist McNerney, and the second for violinist Stein and cellist Benjamin Noyes. Ms. Holt will also feature prominently in Regerâ€™s Serenade for flute, violin and viola, along with violist Kirsten Monke, of the DaPonte String Quartet. The evening closes with Benjamin Brittenâ€™s engaging one movement work, â€˜Phantasy Quartetâ€™ for oboe, violin, viola and cello.
The July 22nd concert will offer a different twist. McNerney and Stein will begin with duets for violin and oboe arranged from BartÃ³kâ€™s folkish duets. Alec Wilderâ€™s Aria for oboe and improvisatory percussion will feature percussionist Robert Schulz. Lou Harrisonâ€™s Javanese /Gamelan inspired â€˜Varied Trioâ€™ for violin, piano and percussion will feature pianist Bridget Convey and percussionist Schulz.
The final concert of the season is on August 12th. Nicknamed â€˜The Concertoâ€™ program because there are three works that are labeled as such by their composers, yet all are really chamber music. The concert begins with the beguiling â€˜Jet Whistleâ€™ for flute and cello by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, featuring flautist Tim Macri and cellist Kathy Cherbas. Harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa joins in on continuo next as McNerney and Stein take the leads in J.S. Bachâ€™s Concerto for oboe and violin. Clarinetist Thomas Hill, of the Boston Chamber Music Society, is featured in the â€˜Concerto a Treâ€™ for clarinet, violin and cello by the Swedish-German/American composer Ingolf Dahl The concert and season finale brings all musicians on stage for the great Spanish composer Manuel de Fallaâ€™s Concerto for harpsichord, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin and cello.
Contact Name: Dean Stein
Telephone Number: 207 725-0219