On a perfect, warm summer late afternoon, in a pastoral outdoor setting overlooking Fort Pond, Music for Montauk’s program “Inspired by Shakespeare” delighted concertgoers. The program on Aug. 17 was the second of five events in a summer series that took place over seven days, and it was the first concert to be held at the newly renovated Fort Pond House in Montauk.
Two concerts with imaginative programming and outstanding performances marked the beginning of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival’s 33rd season. One was an overview of a great composer’s life and music, and the other was a sampling of shorter, lighter pieces that are not often heard.
Thirteen concerts, 32 instrumentalists, and 30 composers in five venues in four weeks: The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has put together another outstanding series of summer events that promises to entertain and enrich aficionados.
Two concerts that will be welcome summer events for lovers of chamber music will take place at Guild Hall tomorrow and Saturday night at 7, well before other established festivals here. Six musicians from the New York Philharmonic will give the back-to-back concerts along with a guest pianist, the first time the Philharmonic has been represented on the John Drew Theater stage.
A pipe organ that had been silent for three decades is now making music again at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, thanks to the initiative of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Donald Hanson; the generosity of two of its parishioners, and the skills of a number of organ technicians and craftsmen.
Especially in a presidential election year such as this one, it is timely and interesting to delve into the backgrounds of the forces that are shaping the political scene. Neil J. Young has given us a detailed and thought-provoking history of one of those movements in “We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics.”
“Some hymns have meant so much to me and to so many singers over the centuries that I hesitate to write mere words about them,” Bill Henderson says in “Simple Gifts: Great Hymns: One Man’s Search for Grace.”
Since its founding 32 seasons ago, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has continually found ways to expand and vary its summertime programs, including different venues, themes, and formats. Last year, Long Island’s longest-running classical music series added BCMF Spring, with two concerts. The new venture had such a strong audience response that a third concert is on tap for 2016.
If you are looking for some holiday cheer of the musical variety in the coming weeks, there are quite a few events to put you in the spirit of the season. Concerts and sing-alongs are planned in wineries, restaurants, churches, and theaters.