PMPM Chamber Music for the Outer Cape Virtual Music Series
PMPM’s Chamber Music Program began in 2018 to bring music back to the hill. This program celebrates the artisan history and rich culture of our beloved town. Now, in the absence of live, in-person performances, the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum and Chamber Music for the Outer Cape, are bringing you content to enjoy from home! We’re thrilled to provide you with virtual access to these talented individuals, beautiful pieces and this beloved programming.
On Tuesday, December 15th, Chamber Music for the Outer Cape will present a Christmas concert online which you will be able to view below. Once the concert is available, anyone may access the link as often as they’d like for the duration of the holiday season.
The concert will feature three songs that include the sound of sleigh bells in Mozart’s “German Dance”, Prokofiev’s “Troika” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” which also includes wood blocks and snaps!
For those more interested in recent traditions, we offer Vaughn William’s “Greensleeves”, Chip Davis’ “Silent Night”, and Mel Torme’s “A Christmas Song.”
A special addition to the program is an arrangement of “Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming” and “Silent Night” unlike any that came before by Arnold Schoenberg.
All of the above was recorded in the East Gallery of the Provincetown Museum by violinists Jeffrey Thurston and Sasha Callahan; violist Jim Kelly; cellist Leo Eguchi; pianist Craig Combs; and guest artist accordionist Terri Conti.
Chamber music is music with an intimate character in which there is one player to a part, each of which is equal in importance to the others. Chamber music is usually written for two to ten players without a conductor. Modern variations of chamber music include classical, jazz, world music, folk music, blues, bluegrass, FADO and a myriad of other types of national and international music. The allure of chamber music is the social pleasure of a small group of people coming together to listen to and perform music.
Chamber music communicates emotions and feelings in a way similar to the give and take in a conversation. The melody may bounce from one instrument to another or be repeated in a variation or be countered by a completely different melody. Both chamber music and communication reflect the full complement of human interaction – repetition, imitation, agreement, disagreement, point, counterpoint, etc. As listeners, chamber music can influence our feelings and touch us much in the same way as listening to a conversation can help us to understand ideas and form opinions.
Listen to featured performances below and enjoy!
Don’t forget to check back with us for new content and live performances later this summer.