June 3, 2015 – Free Concert at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
(ST MICHAELS, MD â€“ March 27, 2014)
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museumâ€™s Miles River waterfront will be the backdrop for a free concert with the Mana Saxophone Quartet on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the Tolchester Beach Bandstand, the live performance is open to the public, with a suggested $5 donation made at the door. Beer, wine, and other refreshments will be available for purchase, with the public invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the performance. Carry-on alcohol is prohibited.Hailed as â€śSaxophone Ambassadorsâ€ť by Chamber Music Magazine, the Mana Quartet presents 21st-century repertoire and 20th-century tours de force masterworks on vintage instruments built to the 19th-century specifications of the saxophoneâ€™s inventor, Adolphe Sax.
Repeatedly featured on NPRâ€™s Performance Today, the Dâ€™Addario performing ensemble received the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competitionâ€™s grand prize in 2009, which immediately launched them into the professional chamber music arena. Since then, the group has taken on a growing list of residencies at major music festivals and an increasing presence on the chamber circuit.
The quartet is currently the National Music Festivalâ€™s resident chamber ensemble, where they recently performed Philip Glassâ€™s Concerto for Saxophone Quartet with the festival orchestra. The National Music Festival at Washington College brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians for two weeks each June, when these musicians present more than 35 concertsâ€”ranging from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra performances with chorusâ€”and 200 free open rehearsals. This yearâ€™s festival is scheduled for May 31-June 13, with details online at www.nationalmusic.us.
In the event of rain, the concert will move inside the museumâ€™s Small Boat Shed. Donation proceeds from the June 3 concert benefit the children and adults served by CBMMâ€™s educational, boat restoration, and exhibit programming. For more information, visit www.cbmm.org or www.themanaquartet.com.