East End night spots may attract hundreds of 30 and 40-somethings like moths to light every summer, but a slightly older crowd wends its way to more serene surroundings for classical music.
At the top of the spectrum are the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program’s summer school, based at a former camp on Shelter Island, and Pianofest, a remarkable program of master classes and concerts for and by international prize-winning pianists.
Maria Mannes, a New Zealand-born flutist, and her husband, Ken Davidson, started the chamber festival in 1984 with two concerts and five instrumentalists. Now, the festival puts on 14 concerts and presents 40 or renowned musicians to devoted audiences who fill every seat at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, where most of the concerts are held, and rave about the acoustics as well as the performances. The series runs from late July to mid-August.