Organizers say this year’s Annapolis Chamber Music Festival is bigger and better than last year’s inaugural run, with 12 talented young musicians from around the world offering five nights of rare musical performances.
Founded in 2016 by Rémy Taghavi and Zachary Hobin, the group came to Annapolis looking for a setting where their instruments, unusual ones for chamber music, could be heard on an equal footing with the violin and the cello.
“Our first concert last year was a hope and a prayer, and we had really good crowds,” Hobin said. “It was a really good fit,”
So they’re back again starting Saturday, with an expanded number of musicians and programming, ranging from traditional pieces to the complicated and conceptual.
Performers include Madeline Fayette, cello; Molly Germer, violin; Isabel Gleicher, flute; Ellen Hindson, oboe; Hobin on the double bass; Patrick Jankowski, horn; Yerin Kim, piano; Brendan Shea, violin; Matheus Souza, violin; Taghavi on bassoon; Eric Umble, clarinet and Alicia Valoti on the viola.
The festival starts with “Simply Inspired: Schubert, Dvorak and Shaw” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1601 Pleasant Plains St., Annapolis. $25.
Shea and Kim, a married couple performing as the Shea Kim Duo, take the stage Tuesday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal with works of Beethoven, Ravel, Schnittke and Wolfgang as The Shea-Kim Duo starting at 7:30 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church. $25. Hobin called them incredibly talented soloists, whose relationship makes for a unique performance.
The event moves to the Hammond-Harwood House Thursday for Fine Wine and Finer Music, musical selections from Telemann, Beethoven, Honegger, Villa-Lobos and Salathé with wines curated by Annapolis’ Bin 42. The concert, followed by a garden party and a guided look at the historic house, starts 7 p.m., 19 Maryland Ave., Annapolis. $40.
Concert No. 4 is something entirely different: Music Eclectica. It takes place Aug. 11 at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge. Festival organizers are being a bit coy, calling it part chamber music soiree part hip nightclub. It featuring three sets of themed pieces with improvisatory interludes from classical composer/DJ Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8). The event is from 8 to 10 p.m., 169 West St. $25.
The finale comes Aug. 12 with A Summer Celebration, including Dvorak, Poulenc and Brahms. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd. $25.
Tickets to each concert can be purchased separately, or as a package at
Other best bets in music:
The Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival: St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 199 Duke of Gloucester, $20. .
Deaf Scene: 7 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $15. Call 443-292-4064.
Summer Spirit Festival: Two days of groups featuring Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Fantasia, Bel Biv Devoe and more, 2 p.m. each day. $54 to $650 daily, $97 to $1,170 for a two-day pass, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. .
Deaf Scene: 7:30 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $35. Call 410-268-4545.
Seldom Scene: 7:30 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St., Annapolis. $35. Call 410-268-4545.
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