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Dear National Music Festival Supporters and Friends,

We have invested our hearts and souls in the preparation of what was to be an ambitious and inspiring 10th anniversary, and though it breaks our hearts, we have made the gut-wrenching decision to cancel this season.

The National Music Festival is a national, global, and local event, but at this time we see no way to keep our community and our musicians safe. We care about you all and your safety is of paramount importance. We have therefore decided that it would not be in anyone’s interest to carry on with this season.  

It is our intention to mount the June 2021 season with the same programming as had been planned for this summer. When it is safe to do so, we will also resume our Resonance concert series, whose March and April performances were postponed early in the pandemic.

In spite of the financial hits many of us have taken, we urge you to please continue to financially support the National Music Festival – to whatever extent you can – so it can return next year.  

We entreat you to stay vigilant, safe, sane, and healthy so we can enjoy great music and exceptional performances together again soon.



Whatever your musical taste, we have performances you will love! Use the tabs below to explore the concert schedule and repertoire for each day of the National Music Festival. To purchase tickets, please click below on the concert you are interested in. 

For information about the Resonance Concert 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. $5 tickets for any concert are available by clicking here for students and children over 5. 

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. All tickets are held for pick-up at the concerts; no tickets will be mailed

Daily Concert Schedules

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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6:30pm, Pre-Festival Talk with NMF Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

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11:00am, NMF Musicians’ Orientation

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

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1:30pm, Opening Fanfare

4:30pm, Meet & Greet
A Community “Potluck” for NMF Musicians & Audience

7:00pm, 10th Anniversary Gala:  Something Old, Something Moo and a Rhapsody in Blue
National Music Festival Mentors & Friends  Richard Rosenberg conductor
Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto for Lute in D, RV. 93,  Camilo Carrara, guitar
George Gershwin, A Rhapsody in Blue  (original version for jazz ensemble, arranged by Ferde Grofé), David Brook,s piano 
Darius Milhaud, Le Boeuf sur le toit, opus 58 (The Ox on the Roof: The Nothing-Doing Bar)

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Monday, May 31, 2021

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7:00pm, Música de Câmara, I
NMF Mentor Faculty & Friends

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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12:30pm,  Lunchtime Chamber Bite
Philip Rosenberg host Suite for Two Pianos in f#, opus 6 Dmitri Shostakovich Prelude (electronic realization by Philip Rosenberg)
 
7:00pm , Música de Câmara, II , NMF Mentor Faculty & Friends
Dominick Argento, To Be Sung Upon the Wate
 Hymn Near the Rapids
 The Lake At Night
 Epilogue: De Profundis
Alyssa Morris, Up and Away
  Inhale, Exhale
  Life on a String
  Letting Go
Gene Koshinski, Dance of the Drums 
Sir Arthur Sullivan, Hearken Unto Ye, My People (arranged for chorus & brass ensemble by R. Rosenberg)

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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12:30pm, Lunchtime Vocalise Apprentices of the National Music Festival Vocal & Collaborative Piano Classes
 
7:00pm, Música de Câmara, III
Ludwig van Beethoven, Equali, WoO 30 
Malcolm Arnold, Quintet No. 1 for Brass, opus 73 
John Bull, The King’s Hunt (Arranged by Marcel Grandjany) 
Carl Maria Von Weber, Three works for piano, four-hands:  
 Alla Zingara, opus 60, no. 4
 Andantino con moto, opus 10, no. 2
 March, opus 60, no. 7
Augusta Read Thomas, Song Without Words (world premiere)
György Ligeti, Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

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Thursday, June 3, 2020

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12:30pm, Lunchtime Chamber Bites

4:00pm,  Adkins Arboretum Forest Music

7:00pm, An Evening of Cabaret
Gala Concert to Benefit the NMF Apprentice Scholarship Fund
Music by Cole Porter, Jerome Moross, Alexander Hill & Andrew Razaf, Sir Arthur Sullivan, James Durante and Earl K. Brent, Marc Blitzstein, Fred Ebb & John Kander, Goethe & Beethoven, Maxwell Anderson & Kurt Weill, Ivor Novello, Ira Gershwin & Kurt Weill, Danny Kaye & Sylvia Fine, Stephen Sondheim and Clark Gessner

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Friday, June 4, 2021

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12:30pm, Lunchtime Chamber Bites

4:00pm, NewBassoon Institute Concert

6:00pm, Pre-Concert Talk

7:00pm,  Festival Symphony Orchestra,  Richard Rosenberg conductor
Gioachino Rossini, Overture to La gazza ladra 
Felix Mendelssohn, Concerto for Violin in e, opus 64,  Emily Daggett Smith violin, Nathan Bieber conductor
Felix Mendelssohn,  Symphony No. 3 in a, Scottish, opus 56

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

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9:00am Fountain Park Chestertown Farmers’ Market Music

2:00pm,  Matineé Music, t.b.a.

3:00pm, Bassoon Rebellion Saturday

4:00pm, One Big Happy Family Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo
Featuring the Fiddlesticks! Orchestra A special concert for the whole family, followed by an opportunity to try out the instruments

6:00pm, Pre-Concert Talk, In Memoriam!,  Philip Rosenberg explicator

7:00pm, Festival Symphony Orchestra,  Richard Rosenberg conductor, Karen Slack soprano
Carl Maria Von Weber, Overture to Turandot, opus 37  
Richard Strauss, Metamorphosen, Study for 23 Strings (to be recorded for Centaur Records)
Richard Strauss, Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
Paul Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

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Sunday, 6 June 2021

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7:00pm, Superintendant’s Combo, United States Naval Academy Jazz Band

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Monday, June 7, 2021

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7:00pm, Música de Câmara, IV
Jason Treuting, Life is (___) 
Lowell Liebermann, Pastorale for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon, opus 5 (premiere)
Maurice Ravel, Sonatine 
     Modéré
     Mouvement de menuet
     Animé
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quartet for Strings and Piano No. 2 in E-flat, Kv. 493 
     Allegro  
     Larghetto
     Allegretto

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Tuesday 8 June 8, 2021

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12:30pm, Lunchtime Chamber Bites

7:00pm, Angelic Voices
Apprentices of the National Music Festival Vocal & Collaborative Piano Classes
Including
Maurice Ravel, Five Greek Songs  
Robert Schumann, Dichterliebe, opus 48

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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12:30pm, Lunchtime Chamber Bites

7:00pm, Música de Câmara, V
Dario Castello, Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno, libro primo, No. 6 
Maciej Małecki, Concertino in an Old Style  
Gustav Mahler, Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5 
Richard Strauss, Serenade for Winds in E-flat, opus 7

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

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12:30pm, Lunchtime Vocalise
Apprentices of the National Music Festival Vocal & Collaborative Piano Classes

7:00pm, Potpourri
A delightful assortment of our favourite music spontaneously generated by NMF Apprentices

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Friday, June 11, 2021

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12:30pm, Lunchtime Chamber Bites

6:00pm, Pre-Concert Talk , Philip Rosenberg explicator

7:00pm, Festival Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor, t.b.a.
Claude Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune 
Camille Saint-Saëns, Concerto for Violoncello No. 1 in a, opus 33, Olivia Hunt violoncello, Elizabeth Kapitaniuk conductor 
Igor Stravinsky, The Firebird, Concert Suite for Orchestra, No. 2

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

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9:00am, Farmers’ Market Music 

12:30pm, Voice Recital

3:00pm, Bassoon Rebellion 

6:00pm, Pre-Concert Talk, Philip Rosenberg explicator

7:00pm, Festival Symphony Orchestra, Richard Rosenberg conductor, Simon Smith violin
Hector Berlioz, Le Corsaire, Overture, opus 21
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Concerto for Violin in D, opus 35
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in f, opus 36

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