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Concert Schedules

Whatever your musical taste, we have a performance you will love! Use the tabs below to explore the concert schedule and repertoire for each day of the National Music Festival.

For information about the Resonance (formerly Kent Chamber Music) chamber music series, click here.

We ask that children be at least five years old to attend a concert (except the Family Concert, of course!), but children of any age are welcome at all rehearsals.

Please note: Free concerts are indicated as such below. No tickets are required for free concerts; seats will be available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Daily Concert Schedules (2017 Season VII)

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Sunday, March 5

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3pm, Sunday, March 5, Project Fusion Saxophone Quartet, The Mainstay
Presented by Resonance
Dannel Espinoza, soprano saxophone
Matthew Amedio, alto saxophone
Michael Sawzin, tenor saxophone
Matthew Evans, baritone saxophone
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Thierry Eschaich, Tango Vituoso

Marc Mellits, Ex Machina (World Premiere)
Machine I
Machine II
Machine III
Machine IV
Machine V
Machine VI
Machine VII

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Bela Bartok, Six Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 58, Arr. Matthew Evans
I. Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
II. Brâul (Sash Dance)
III. Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
IV. Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
V. Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
VI. Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)

George Gershwin, Three Preludes, Arr. Dannel Espinoza
I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
II. Andante con moto e poco rubato
III. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

David Maslanka, Songs for the Coming Day
I. At This Time
VIII. The soul is here for its own joy
IX. Song for the Coming Day

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Saturday, April 22

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7:30pm, George Mason String Orchestra, Emmanuel Church
Presented by Resonance
Elizabeth Adams leading the 16 performers of the premiere string orchestra from George Mason University
      ~ 9th Annual Phanos Project Memorial Concert ~
Bach, Concerto for Two Violins in d
Dymiotis, Suite for Strings
Post, Kazakh Sketches
Mendelssohn, String Symphony No. 7 in d

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Wednesday, May 31

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6:30pm, Pre-Festival Talk [free]

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Saturday, June 3

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noon, NMF Musician Orientation, Washington College Venue TBA
(not open to the public)

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Sunday, June 4th

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6:00pm, Fiddlesticks Orchestra & Chester River Youth Chorale & Festival Brass: Opening Fanfare [Free]

7:30pm, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Nikolay Lalov, conductor
Including:
Carulli, Concerto in A for Guitar, opus 8, Camilo Carrara, soloist


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Monday, June 5th

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5:30pm, Meet & Greet, K&L Services  [Free]
A Community “Potluck” for NMF Musicians & Audience

7:30pm, Masterclass/Concert, Decker Theatre, $12
NMF Conducting Mentor Richard Rosenberg with Apprentices & Orchestra
Weber, Overture to Der Freischütz, opus 77
Beethoven, Symphony No. 2 in D, opus 36

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Tuesday, June 6th

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12:30: Seminar, “Interacting With Your Audience” with Margie Elsberg

5:00pm, Instrumental Petting Zoo [Free]

7:30pm, Festival String Orchestra with the Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras
    Nikolay Lalov, Robert Stiles & Richard Rosenberg, conductors 
    Kimberly Sparr & NMF Viola Competition Winner, soloists
Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 B-flat, B.W.V. 1051
Schönberg, Transfigured Night (world premiere of Rosenberg edition for string orchestra)
Mendelssohn, String Symphony No.11 in F, M.W.V. N. 11

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Wednesday, June 7th

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Noon, Piano Recital, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River [Free]

7:30pm, Festival Chamber Players
Paquito D’Rivera, The Cape Cod Files: Benny at 100
Music for keyboard, t.b.a.
Prokofiev, Quintet in g, opus 39

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Thursday, June 8th

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7:30pm Festival Chamber Players 
Valerie Coleman, Hair, Cloth and Thread (premiere)
Myron, Five Fables of Aesop, Liane Hansen, narrator
Piano repertoire, t.b.a.
Mozart, Exsultate, Jubilate, Meagan Sill, soprano

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Friday, June 9th

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noon, Piano Recital, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River [Free]

6:30pm, Pre-Festival Talk, Tawes Theatre [Free to ticket-holders]

7:30pm, Festival Symphony Orchestra, Decker Theatre
Nikolay Lalov, guest conductor
Michael Gurt, soloist
Brahms, Concerto No 2 for Piano in Bb, opus 83   
Schubert, Symphony No. 9 in C, Deutsch 944

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Saturday, June 10th

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9:00am, Chestertown Farmers’ Market Music, Fountain Park [Free]

5:30pm, One Big Happy Family Concert, Tawes Theatre [Free*]
A special concert for the whole family  *A donation of school supplies is requested

6:30pm, Pre-Concert Talk, Tawes Theatre [Free to ticket-holders]

7:30pm, Festival Symphony Orchestra, Decker Theatre
    Richard Rosenberg, conductor 
    The Marschallin, Princess Marie Thérèse von Werdenberg, Celine Mogielnicki
    Octavian, Count Rofrano, her young lover, Julia Mintzer
    Sophie von Faninal, Meagan Sill
R. Strauss, “Der Rosenkavalier,” Suite & final scene
Mahler, Symphony No. 6

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Sunday, June 11th

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7:30pm, Festival Wind & Brass, outdoor venue, t.b.a.
Works by Hector Berlioz, John Philip Sousa, &c.

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Monday, June 12th

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7:30pm, Sonic Rebellion, Decker Theatre [Free]
With Sammy Marshall, Members of the United States Army Field Band & Members of
  the United States Band “Pershing’s Own”

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Tuesday, June 13th

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7:30pm, Festival Chamber Players
Davidovsky, Synchronisms No. 5
Beethoven, Archduke Piano Trio in Bb, opus 97
Mozart, Horn Quintet in E-flat, Kv. 407 (James Rester, horn)


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Wednesday, June 14th

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noon, Piano Recital, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River [Free]

7:30pm Festival Chamber Players 
Potpourri
An Delightful Assortment of Our Favorite Music

 ~ After-concert reception for Festival Pass-holders [private home] ~


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Thursday, June 15th

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7:30pm, Festival Chamber Players
Including:
Schubert, Fantasie in f-minor for Piano, Four Hands, D. 940
Mozart, Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, “Kegelstatt,” Kv. 498
Arensky, String Quartet No. 2, opus 35
Strauss, Emperor Waltz, (arr. Schönberg)

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Friday, June 16th

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noon, Piano Recital, Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River [Free]

6:30pm, Pre-Concert Talk [Free to ticket-holders]

7:30pm, Festival Symphony Orchestra
Mladen Tarbuk, guest conductor
Natasha Farny, soloist
Salieri, Twenty Six Variations on La Follia di Spagna
Elgar, Concerto for Violoncello, opus 85,
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 in Bb, opus 60

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Saturday, June 17th

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9:00am, Chestertown Farmer’s Market Music, Fountain Park [Free]

1:00pm, Musical Explorers: Musical Fun for Children of All Ages [FREE]

2:30pm, Susan Brady Bennett & Harp Apprentices [Free]

4:00pm, Camilo Carrara & Friends

6:30pm, Pre-Concert Talk, Tawes Theatre  [Free to ticket-holders]

7:30pm, Festival Symphony Orchestra, Decker Theatre
Richard Rosenberg, conductor
Raymond Scott, Suite (arr. Rosenberg)
 Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals
 In an 18th Century Drawing Room
 Powerhouse
Youmans, Tea For Two (arr. Shostakovich)
Gershwin, An American in Paris
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in d, opus 47

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