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. 

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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.

Composition:
Andantino – Allegretto from The Trout Quintet by Franz Schubert

Performers:
Craig Combs, piano; George Figueroa, violin; Drew Ricciardi, viola; Leo Eguchi, cello; Aiden Phipps, string bass.

Concert:
2019 June House Concert

Program Note:
Schubert spent the summer of 1819 at the summer home of Sylvester Paumgartner, an amateur cellist and music patron. He wrote the ‘ trout’ Piano Quintet as a thank you gift for Paumgartner. The composition has become one of the most beloved chamber music compositions of all time.

Composition:
Trio for flute, violin and piano op. 56 by Cesar Cui

Five Short Movements:
Badinage (0:01), Berceuse (1:06), Scherzino (2:57), Nocturne (5:00) & Waltz (7:45)

Performers:
Orlando Cela, flute; Jeffrey Thurston, violin; and Craig Combs, piano

Concert:
2019 August Summer Taster Concert

Program Note:
Cesar Cui, a member of The Five, a group of Russian composers (c 1860) to create a national Russian music. This music is unabashedly romantic, an excellent example of a musical world where melody predominates.

This programming is brought to you by PMPM, Chamber Music for the Outer Cape and generous supporters like you. Please click the button below to learn more about how you can support PMPM’s Chamber Music for the Outer Cape program.