Sam Maitin Summer/Fall Chamber Music Festival

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Access to Art, Inc. is bringing its world class musicians to the shore for the l6th year of the Access to Art, Inc., Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival. The organization has presented classical music at its very beginnings in 1992, as individual concerts, and has brought the classical music series to the area since 1998. This year, they will present Voxare on August 6th, at the Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May on Steven’s Street at 7:30 p.m. Voxare, the young string quartet from NYC, consists of two Russian musicians, and two Chicago musicians who met at Julliard. Since then, they have been performing at NY venues, and at venues across the nation. Ned Rorem, Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer, said, of Voxare: “The Voxare String Quartet is probably the best American chamber group performing today.” They will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 6th at the Willow Creek Winery on Steven St. in West Cape May, N.J.

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Willow Creek Winery and Kindle Ford will sponsor the concert. “We are grateful to Willow Creek Winery, and to Kindle Ford for their generous sponsorship of this event,” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director. And to Willow Creek Winery, for its relaxed ambience on a 50 acre lush vineyard , a magnificent building with excellent acoustics, and the possibility of a relaxing, farm grown glass of wine at intermission.” Beitel said.

“The gifted Voxare String Quartet formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances.” said the New York Times. As one of the most acclaimed and innovative young string quartets in the United States, the New York Times declared that Voxare plays “with such penetrating tone and lucid textures,” has on numerous occasions chosen Voxare as its Classical Pick of the Week for the newspaper. Voxare’s performances have included appearances at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, the Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Voxare has had additional performing residencies at Dartmouth College and Columbia University, among others. In addition, the quartet has been the prestigious quartet-in-residence at New York’s Bargemusic. Voxare has been featured live on Soundcheck WNYC and its concerts broadcast on WQXR. At its residency series, DIG IT! New Music, at Teachers College, Columbia University Voxare performs works by living composers bringing together a community of America’s leading composers, both emerging and established. Voxare’s unique performing activities earned the quartet Chamber Music America’s 2010 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Voxare’s debut CD, featuring the music of Daron Hagen, was released by Naxos in 2013.

Voxare was accepted to study quartet repertoire with Robert Mann, founder of the Juilliard String Quartet, which has also performed for Access to Art, Inc. in past seasons of the festival.

They studied at the inaugural prestigious Mann Quartet Institute. Voxare has studied quartet literature with members of the Julliard String Quartet through its exclusive String Quartet Seminar, and has also studied with members of the Kronos Quartet through Carnegie Hall.

Tickets are $30. and include a free glass of wine, at intermission. The concert will last one hour and a half, with a half hour intermission. For more information, call Barbara at (609) 465-3963.

Guitar Concert by the Mayes Duo Lights Up the Christmas Season at the Beautifully Decorated Southern Mansion, 720 Washington St., Cape May

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Access to Art, Inc. will celebrate the Christmas season with a concert from the Mayes Duo on Wed. Dec. l8th at the beautifully decorated 1860 pre-civil war mansion, the Southern Mansion, at 720 Washington St., Cape May at 7 p.m.

Joseph and Kathleen Mayes, guitarists, will bring their guitar and lute concert to the Southern Mansion to entertain us on Dec. l8th. Joe Mayes performed his lute for us there last December when we presented a reading of Bound By Truth, on Margaret More Roper, daughter of Thomas More.

Joe Mayes was self taught until 1963 when he began his studies with Mr. Peter Colona at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. In 1968, after three years in the army, Mr. Mayes was given an invitational scholarship by the government of Spain to study with the internationally renowned concert guitarist Andres Segovia. He auditioned for Segovia at the Philadelphia Orchestra, where Segovia was doing a benefit for the Orchestra. His father was the principal cellist with the Orchestra.

Mayes has degrees in guitar from Thomas Edison College of Trenton, New Jersey, and Shenandoah University of Winchester, Virginia. Since 1972, Mr. Mayes has been on the faculty of Rowan University where he teaches guitar, lute, vihuela da mano, and mandolin. He also builds guitars.

Kathleen Mayes holds a BM from Rutgers in music, and a MA in administration. She studied with disciples of Segovia, Julian Gray, Larry Snitzler, and Joseph Mayes. She is on the faculty of Rowan University, and also teaches at Burlington County College. Both musicians are members of the Philadelphia Guitar Society where they will host a performance in January this year.

The duo is known for their expert interpretation of many diverse styles of music and for the variety of guitars they bring to their performances that include renaissance guitars, Terz guitars, and 19th century guitars. They also include the Renaissance lute and Neapolitan mandolin in their programs. Kathleen Mayes has taught for twenty years. Joseph is the head of the Early Music Department at Rowan.

Music performed will be anonymous lute duets and a three movement work by Ronn McFarlane called “On the Heath,” which harkens back to his Scottish roots. McFarlane is a member of the Baltimore Consort. On the guitar, they will perform a sonata by Galles – a Baroque composer –a Mazurka by Sor, a waltz by a modern French composer –Berlats- a duo by Coste originally for two oboes, and some Latin danses. There will also be some seasonal music.

Tickets are $20 adults; $l5. Seniors. You may purchase them at the door from 6 p.m. on Dec. l8th, or call and reserve at (609) 465-3963. Send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

Wassail, Wassail! Music for the Yuletide Season with the Baltimore Consort

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West Cape May. Access to Art will present the famed Baltimore Consort with “Waissail, Wassail! Music for the Yuletide Season,” Old Carols and Dance Tunes from the British Isles, France, Spain and Appalachia on Thursday December 19th at 7 pm at the Willow Creek Winery at 628 Stevens St., West Cape May. The Baltimore Consort performs across the world. The event is partially underwritten by the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation. An evening of mulled wine, and selected wines from the vineyard will be available to those who wish to purchase them to accompany the concert. Tickets for the concert are $25. Adults, and $20. Seniors.

Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, the Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, French and Spanish popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and art song and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. Recordings on the Dorian label have earned them recognition as Top classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. Besides touring the U.S. and abroad, they often perform on such syndicated radio broadcasts as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, Harmonia and the CBS’s OnStage.

The Baltimore Consort includes Mary Anne Ballard, viols, rebec; Mark Cudek, cittern, viol, crumhorn; Jose Lemos- countertenor, Larry Lipkin, viol, recorder, gemshorn, crumhorn, Ronn McFarlane, lutes, Mindy Rosenfeld, wooden flutes and fifes, pipes, crumhorn.

The musicians are incredibly talented and engaged in Early Music at all levels.

Mary Anne Ballard directed or coached early music at the Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania where she founded the Collegium Musicum and produced medieval music drama. She is now on the faculty of Oberlin’s Summer Baroque Performance Institute. She also researches many of the Consort’s programs. She plays with Galileo’s Daughter, Brio, Mr. Jefferson’s Musicans and Fleur dy Lys. A resident of Indiana and New York City, she music-directed the Play of Daniel for 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Cloisters Museum in New York and will do so again on Dec. 27th-29th at Trinity Wall St. Church, NYC.

Mark Cudek, Director of the Early Music program at the Peabody conservatory, and also Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival is a member of the Baltimore Consort. In recognition of his work as Founder/Director of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble and also the High School Early Music Program at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Mark received from Early Music America the 2001 Thomas Binkley Award and the 2005 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Early Music Education. He has regularly performed with Apollo’s Fire, the Catacoustic Concort, and Hesperus, and in his youth worked as a café guitarist in the Virgin Islands.

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Jose Lemon won the 2003 International Baroue Vocal Competition in Chimay, Belgium. A native of Brazil and Uruguay, he has since appeared in operas across the globe including Tanglewood, Lincoln Center, the Seattle Early Music Guild, The Boston Baroque, and sang the role of Darius in the Cloisters Play of Daniel at the Cloisters Museum in NYC.
Larry Lipkis is Composer-in-residence and Director of Early Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. His cello concerto, Scaramouche, appears on the Koch label, and his bass trombone concerto, Harlequin, was premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to rave reviews. The trilogy was completed when his bassoon concert Pierrot was performed by the Houston Symphony. He has also served as Music Director for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Larry often lectures on the topic of Bach and Rhetoric, speaking recently at an NEH course in Leipzig.
Ron McFarlane has released over 25 CDs on Dorian, including solo collections, lute songs, Elizabethan lute music and poetry and Baltimore Consort albums. Recently, in the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries, Ronn has composed new music for the lute. These original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a Grammy Award nomination in 2009.

Mindy Rosenfeld, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort whose playing graced our first decade, is also a long-time member of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Fluent in a wide range of musical styles, she plays both wooden and modern flutes in addition to recorders, whistles, crumhorns, and early harp. Mindy actively freelances on the West Coast and is a Principal flute at the Mendocino Music Festival in her hometown.

Christmas Music will span the centuries beginning in the 1500’s and will include the Lord of the Dance, On Christmas Night, Peace Be with You, Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sung, the Fairy Round (lute solo), Good King Wenceslas, Here We Come A Waissailing, A Wassail, A Waissail Throughout All this Town!, Sellengers Round, an Elizabethan country dance tune from the l6th century, Wondrous Love, Southern Harmony 1835, The Ladyes Delight and Jumpe at My Cozen, a Paris Virginal ca. l630. Green Sleeves to a Ground (flute 1706), Chrisimas Day, Lancashire tradition, Masters in this Hall, Riu, Riu Chfu, Venice 1556, Quem Pastores Laudavere, Ding Dong Merrily and three French tunes: Branles d’escosse, Il est ne, le divin enfant!, Quelle est cette odeur agreeable, Noel nouvelet! , all French traditional music.

Send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210. Call (609) 465-3963 for reservations. Tickets will be available at the door from 6 p.m. on the evening of the concert.

Bus trip to NYC on December 6th

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The Menaced Assassin by René Magritte

Access to Art will take a bus trip on December 6th, to two major NYC museums, the Metropolitan Art Museum, with its terrific gift shop, and huge tree with Renaissance angels, and many international exhibits, and the MOMA museum with special exhibits on Magritte and Walker Evans, which they will visit at 4 p.m.. They will also visit the lit Christmas tree and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the early evening. They will leave at 8:30 a.m. and return home at 10 p.m. for a full day and evening in the city at Christmas.

They will leave the Acme in Cape May Court House at 8:30 a.m., where you can leave your cars.

We will meet at the lower half below the Acme and near the bank. The trip includes the bus, museum admissions, and a sandwich and coffee at the Metropolitan Cafeteria beautifully situated on Central Park. They can also purchase anything additional they might want there.

Access will also offer some wine and cheese on the way home on the bus.

We have taken other trips to the Metropolitan Art Museum, which never ceases to amaze with its magnificent collections of art from all around the world. MOMA, which began in the 30’s, exhibiting modern art from around the world, will be our destination at 4 p.m. We will take in the Magritte Exhibit, and the Walker Evans photography exhibit there. Walker Evans shared a studio in the Village with Ben Shahn in the 30’s, and he had the first person one man photography show at MOMA. Since Access to Art opened its events with a WPA Show, Land of the Free, based on the poem by Archibald MacLeish, and showed the works of the FSA photographers, as well as the art of Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson, Clarence Holbrook Carter and Benton Spruance, we are interested in seeing a complete show of his work. He got in trouble with the Farm Security Administration for not taking enough photos, or filing his whereabouts often enough for Roy Stryker, who administered the program, so he was fired. Each one of his photographs was a perfect gem. He was among the very best of the photographers who photographed the Great Depression across America with its iconic photos of the suffering of the American people.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Director. “And he also photographed NYC during the 30’s as well. We followed that up with a photography exhibit, and a photo workshop with Bill Eppridge, now deceased, who had studied the work of the great photographers. They went on to be picture magazine photographers of Life, Look, Sports Illustrated.

A show of the Belgian surrealist Magritte is also available at MOMA.

Tickets are $90. And include the bus, sandwich and coffee or soft drink at the Met, museum admissions, and wine and cheese on the way home. “I tried to make the trip informative,

full of great art, and affordable.” Beitel said. “We need 40 people to make the costs work, and we currently have about ten from word of mouth,” Beitel said.

For tickets, send your checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210. Call (609) 465-3963.

Violin and piano concert on October 19th

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Violin & Piano Concert
With Dr. Bert Greenspan, violin, and Elise Auerbach, piano
Saturday, Oct. l9th concert at 7 p.m.
Cape Island Baptist Church, Gurney & Columbia Streets, Cape May, N.J.

The Passion of Romanticism (with spotlight on women)

Dr. Bert Greenspan taught for decades at Rowan University. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Juilliard, and his doctorate in performance at Indiana University. He gave lecture/demonstrations for Access to Art, Inc. on the Italian and English Renaissance in Music. He performs currently with OperaNaples in Naples, Florida, and with the Southwestern Florida Symphony Orchestra. Elise Auerbach received her BM at Temple University and received her MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and performs across the world. She has participated and performed at festivals in Japan, Italy, Canada and the U.S. and appeared at Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and performed at faculty recitals at Temple, Rowan, and Immaculata Universities.

Tickets $20. Adults, $l5. Seniors. Checks to Access to Art, 4l7 E. Pacific Ave., CMCH, NJ 08210

Mondrian Ensemble performance on September 11 in Avalon

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St. Brendan the Navigator R.C. Church, Avalon has been hosting celebrities of late, with Mark Forrest, the celebrated Irish tenor. Adding to its lustre, Access to Art, Inc. is bringing its lead Sam Maitin Music Festival group, the Mondrian Ensemble,to the church on September 11th.

The Mondrian who opened the festival in 1998 at the behest of internationally known Philadelphia artist, Sam Maitin, have, since that time, expanded their horizons and they perform individually and with the Philadelphia Orchestra all over the world. “Sam asked Mika Chang to put a group together, and she chose friends from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Michael Ludwig, then Associate Concertmaster, Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, violist, John Koen, cello. Mika Chang was a Steinway artist, a graduate of Juilliard where she received her MM in music. The others were Curtis graduates.

The first concerts included Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp, of Philadelphia Orchestra, Steven Copes, Concertmaster of St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, and others playing with the Mondrian. In successive years, we brought in individual groups, and hosted the Mondrian once as part of the entire event.” Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director said. “In most recent times, Michael Ludwig, who left the orchestra, and is concertmaster of the Buffalo Symphony, is spending most of his time performing and soloing for international orchestras including performances in Germany, Spain, Poland, China, Korea, and Israel, England, Scotland, Kiev, as well as numerous appearances throughout the U.S. A highly sought after soloist, he is hailed by Strad Magazine for his “effortless, envy-provoking technique…sweet tone, brilliant expression and grand style.” He has performed on four continents including appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Philly Pops, KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea, Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborating with such conductors as JoAnn Falletta, Sir Georg Solti, and John Williams among others. He has recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. He returns from performances in Kiev to perform for us.” Beitel said. “Last year, we were fortunate enough to have him at a dinner at Union Park Hotel in Cape May where he wowed a select audience with his virtuosity.” she said. “He opened with the Philly Pops and Peter Nero in Cape May as well.

John Koen now is the negotiator on behalf of the Philadelphia Orchestra members, and he was on the front page of the Philly Inquirer in China giving lessons to students there. He also has a special mentoring relationship with the New Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria. He has given masterclasses for Universities in Seoul and Sofia, as well as Access to Art and teaches locally at Temple and Swarthmore. He studied at the Curtis Institute with David Soyer and Peter Wiley of the Guarneri Quartet. He collaborates in chamber music with artists Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Christoph Eschenback, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Wolfgang Sawallisch and many others.” Beitel said.

Aurelia Mika Chang, Steinway pianist, performed in Japan this summer, as well as in Cape May, and has been spending her summer taking her child prodigy violinist son, Ari, 12, to chamber music camps across the country. Chang performs on three continents.

Anna Marie Ahn Petersen joined the Philadelphia Orchestra immediately upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. She has collaborated in chamber music with such luminaries as Christopher Eschenbach, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Yefim Bronfman and Christopher Parkening. She is a frequent guest at chamber music festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Casals Festival, Seoul Arts Festival, Kingston and Saratoga Chamber Music Festivals. She is the daughter of the famed pedagogue Yong Ku Ahn, of Peabody Institute, recently deceased. Hailed by the Washington Post, Ms Petersen “…played with a grace, fluency of phrasing, richness of tone and expressive power…that marks her as a major artist.”

The artists will perform Beethoven’s Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 16, and Schumann’s Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47. They have prepared a piece from Faure, for a salute to 9/11’s victims. St. Brendan the Navigator (Maris Stella RC Church) is located at 5012 Dune Drive, Avalon. Tickets are $20. Adults, $l5. Seniors. Call Access to Art, Inc. at (609) 465-3963. Tickets are available at the door from an 6 p.m. September 11th. Checks may be sent to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. The concerts are partially underwritten by the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, Charlotte Bennett Schoen Foundation, Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Fund, from the Sacramento Community Foundation, honoring Ari Boutris. The Herald Newspapers, and the Cape May Star and Wave, and Ocean Sentinel Ledger are media sponsors.

Mondrian Ensemble Returns to Honor the Fallen from 9/11 on Sept. 11th

The Mondrian Ensemble, the original ensemble orchestrated to begin Access to Art’s Summer Chamber Music Festival featured Philadelphia Orchestra Strings, in their early 30s, when Access began to present chamber music in Cape May County, accompanied by Juilliard MM pianist Aurelia Mika Chang. The Ensemble will return Sept. 11th, Wednesday, at 7 p.m. to Avalon’s Maris Stella R.C. Church, now rechristened St. Brendan the Navigator, on 5012 Dune Drive, Avalon. Their concert will honor the fallen at 9/11.

The piano quartet, in 1998, featuring Aurelia Mika Chang, piano, Michael Ludwig, violin, John Koen, cello, and Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, viola.

With the exception of Chang, they were young string players with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Although in his early 20’s, Michael Ludwig, without tenure, had tried out for the Associate Concertmaster position, and was awarded it. His father before him, Irving Ludwig, was a violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and taught Michael since he was three years old. His father taught him when he attended Curtis, and when he attended University of the Arts.

Access began the series, at the behest of Philadelphia artist, Sam Maitin, Guggenheim recipient, teacher at most of the art schools in Philadelphia, who exhibited on four continents and whose colorful works dot the city of Philadelphia. He felt that Cape May needed a chamber music festival. He designed Access to Art’s flyers. “Access had already presented Aurelia Mika Chang and Kathryn Krueger in their first year, in 1992, as a fund raiser, before the young women toured Romania. Aurelia Mika Chang and her friends from Juilliard and Curtis had come earlier to perform for the Cape May County Art League, so the only thing new was that we presented a series instead of individual concerts.” Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director said. “And instead of our homegrown flyers, we had a graphic artist of major talents who designed five flyers for us which we have been using ever since.” Beitel said. Initially, the Mondrian Ensemble brought their friends, harpist Elizabeth Hainen, violinist Steven Copes, and others and they performed with each other.

The orchestra, by its nature, performs in Philadelphia, and across the world, summering at the Mann in Philadelphia, and also at Saratoga, NY. Aurelia Mika Chang performs in Vienna, Japan, China, Poland, the UK and the U.S. Michael Ludwig, who spent 20 years with the orchestra, as his father before him, became the concertmaster for the Buffalo Philharmonic and has engaged in a soloist career around the world. Of him, Van Cliburn said: “A musician of profound artistry & consummate integrity, Michael Ludwig possesses a gorgeous sound which he projects with heartfelt passion and intensity.” Michael will be soloing in Kiev this summer following appearances at Saratoga, NY.

For reservations, call Access to Art, Inc. at (609) 465-3963. Tickets are $20. Adults, $l5. Seniors, and students. Send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

The concerts are underwritten, in part, by the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, Charlotte Bennett Schoen Foundation, and the Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Fund of the Sacramento Community Foundation, honoring Ari Boutris.

 

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The Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival presents two concerts at Our Lady of the Angels R.C. church in Cape May Court House. On Wed. July l0th, a violin/piano concert, with Aurelia Mika Chang, piano, and Ari Boutris, violin, featuring Beethoven, Massenet and Wieniawski will be performed and on Sat., July 13th, a second concert with Sue Ann Kahn and Aurelia Mika Chang will feature sonatas by Bach and Mozart . Ari, the son of artistic director, of the Sam Maitin Chamber Music festival is only 12 years of age. He is, like his mother before him, is a young prodigy on the violin winning competitions and scholarships in NYC.

Maitin, after whom the music festival is named, assisted Barbara Beitel arrange a celebration for the Cape May Country Art League’s 60th birthday in l987-8. He was the Fleisher connection, and Sam Fleisher had worked with the Art League in the l920’s. Fleisher also served on the board of the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, and on the Woodbine Baron de Hirsh Fund. And he founded a free school for art and music for inner city kids with talent called Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia on Catherine St. Both Louis I. Kahn, architect, and Sam Maitin, artist, attended Fleisher. Both of them attended the University of Pennsylvania. Both were second generation Americans. And both of them taught at University of Pennsylvania which now houses the definitive collection of Louis I. Kahn artifacts, courtesy of the efforts of Sam Maitin, who saved them by lobbying the Pennsylvania Legislature who bought them for the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture for $500,000.

The July l0th concert will be followed by another that Saturday, July 13th, at 8 p.m. with Chang, piano, and Sue Ann Kahn, flute. Both concerts will be held at Our Lady of the Angel’s R.C. Church, Mechanic St., & Garden State Parkway, Cape May Court House, below exit l0, at 8 p.m. Tickets will be on sale for both concerts an hour prior to the concert at the church. Reservations may be made by calling (609) 465-3963. Tickets are $20. Adults, $l5. Seniors, $l0. students.

What causes creativity? Who knows? But it seems to have some family connections. Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival, in its l5th year, brings together memories of former neighbors Louis I. Kahn, architect, and Sam Maitin, artist, from South Philadelphia, who exhibited together, taught together, attended Fleisher Art Memorial, had mutual friends and relatives working for Kahn, attended the University of Pennsylvania, and lived within striking distance in South Philadelphia. Both enjoyed the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kahn had been told, at Fleisher, according to his wife Esther,

that he would be a genius in one discipline: art, music, or architecture. But he must chose, because to be great, you have to concentrate. He chose the last. But he never gave up music. He was famous for his improvisational playing. And he played the piano during silent movies while working his way through college.

Maitin and Beitel developed a conversation series with artists, historians, writers, exhibits, concerts, dinners and socials around the two year event. He brought Chinese artists, Philadelphia artists, collectors, musicians, the lawyer responsible for the 1% for art legislation, Pen Faulkner writers, to the area. The Art League had been connected with Sam Fleisher, who sat on the Baron de Hirsh board in Woodbine, and on the chamber of commerce in Cape May County. He gave them their first collection of antiquities. He also brought Philadelphia Orchestra quartets to the area in the l920’s.

Maitin laid out the Cape May Handbook when Carolyn Pitts and her associate Hugh McCauley, put the city on the map. Carolyn had wanted Sam to buy a studio in Cape May. He had summered, as a child, in Wildwood with his mother’s sisters. And so began a 17 year collaboration that lasted until his death in 2004. Aurelia Mika Chang age 19, in the late 1980’s, then in Juilliard, brought friends from Juilliard and Curtis, who were commissioned to perform some chamber music as part of the total event schedule.

Prior to Mika, there were no musicians in her family. Her mother was an artist, and her father an architect who worked for Louis I. Kahn. She was Japanese, he Chinese. They met on the Sorbonne. Chang worked in Louis I. Kahn’s Philadelphia office as an architect. Mika was born in the U.S.

Ari Boutris, Mika’s son, has studied violin, at his own request, since he was three. He slept with a little wooden violin, and requested special tapes during meals with violin music. Recently, he won competitions in NYC, and a scholarship to study at pre-college at Manhattan School of Music where he studies with Patina Kopec. He studied at the Thurnauer School of Music with Dorothy Kaplan Roffman, violin. He has attended several music camps this summer. “He has been to Ottawa to study with Pinckus Zuckerman, and he was the student of Bela Horvath, also a student of Zuckerman. Bela told me that Ari, now 12, plays like a man.” Barbara Beitel said. (Horvath played with Mika at a Valentine’s Day concert several years ago.) He is equally involved with baseball and with music, according to his mother.” she said. He is a sixth grader at Collegiate School in NYC and a pitcher for a baseball team. He also has a little brother, Leo, also studying violin.

“Ari was here in the audience at a concert with the Mondrian Ensemble, our core group, when he was three. He wanted to know why he was not up there performing?” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art director. “ I thought that we would have him down here to show his virtuosity.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director. “Mika began studying piano when she was six. She won a young adult competition with the NJ Symphony Orchestra at l6. She saw a pianist on T.V at six years old and she decided that that was what she would do. Now, following her pre-Juilliard, Juilliard, and post Julliard degrees, she performs in China, Greece, the U.S., Vienna, etc.” Beitel said. She is a Steinway pianist. Maitin, whose works are in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Tate Gallery, London, the National Gallery, Washington, and exhibited on four continents, did our flyers. Mika thought our local art work needed help.” Beitel said. On July 13th, Sat. evening, at 8 p.m., Kahn and Chang will give a concert featuring a Sonata by J.S. Bach in Eb major, and a Sonata by W.A. Mozart in Bb

major at Our Lady of the Angel’s R.C. Church. “ Sue Ann has been here twice before, appearing in the series once with a pianist, and once with some friends who performed in the Metropolitan Opera, etc. This is a first appearance with Mika Chang, whose father worked as an architect in Louis I. Kahn’s office. She teaches at Columbia University and the Mannes School of Music. She has recorded on many labels including CRT, Musical Heritage, MMG, Vox-Candide, New World, and most recently she recorded The Mozart Flute Quartets for Albany Records to critical acclaim.

She won the coveted Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music Award as a founding member of the renowned Jubal Trio. She is the daughter of the famous architect, Louis I. Kahn. Mika is the daughter of Ching Yu Chang, also an architect in China, who worked for Kahn in his Philadelphia office. Mika played ball in Kahn’s office with him when she was three. Louis, as a child, showed up at the Fleisher Art Memorial, which gave free music lessons and art lessons to young children with talent. Louis sat down, and began to play on the piano. Helen Fleisher appeared in the room, and asked where he studied. “I don’t,” he said, “I have no piano.” The next day, Fleisher sent a piano around, and his bedroom was so small, they had to take out the bed to fit in the piano. He played his way through college in silent movie theatres. He slept under it during his youth. According to his wife, he could go to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and come home and play Beethoven’s 9th by ear. He performed improv compositions on Saturday nights during the 30’s, propping up a Saturday Evening Post on the piano, and making up a composition to entertain his friends. “We had no money,” Esther Kahn, said. “This is how we entertained ourselves.”

To attend either or both concerts at Our Lady of the Angel’s R.C. Church, call Access to Art, Inc. at (609) 465-3963. Tickets will be available for each concert, at Our Lady of the Angel’s R.C. Church, one hour prior to the concert at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m. Our Lady of the Angel’s is located at 33 Mechanic St., and the Garden State Parkway, below exit 10, in Cape May Court House. Tickets are $20. Adults; $l5. Seniors, $l0. Students. Checks may be written out to Access to Art, Inc. and sent to Access to Art, Inc., 4l7 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. Reservations may be obtained by calling 465- 3963. Check out www.accesstoart.org for additional information.