Sue Ann Kahn, flute, and Susan Jolles, harp to perform at the Sam Maitin Music Festival

Music creates special bonds. And can carry you through a lifetime. Although Sue Ann Kahn, flutist, and Susan Jolles, harpist, grew up in Pennsylvania, attending U. of Pa., and Swarthmore, they never met until music and their professional lives brought them together in NYC. They will perform the works of Bach, Fairouz, Mendelssohn at Access to Art’s Summer Chamber Music Festival on Wednesday, August l3th at 7:30 p.m. at the Willow Creek Winery on 168 Stevens St., in West Cape May. After playing together in various groups, they formed the Jubal Trio with soprano Lucy Shelton in which they were awarded the coveted Walter W. Naumberg award Since then, they have been joined at the hip musically and have transcribed music for flute and harp from Mozart to Gershwin. Their August recital at the Winery will feature one of their transcriptions, a Mozart Sonata originally written for piano. Susan Jolles wanted to be a flutist, but her mother encouraged her to play the harp. Her daughter, Renee, however, taught by Sue Ann Kahn, did become a flutist and Sue Ann and Renee both perform and teach at the chamber music conference of the East in Bennington, Vt.

Sue Ann Kahn, flute, Susan Jolles, harp

Sue Ann Kahn, flute, Susan Jolles, harp

Sue Ann Kahn, flutist, is known for her virtuosic and sensitive performances of music of all periods. She was honored with one of the first Solo Recitalist Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts in recognition of her outstanding gifts as a flutist and received the American New Music Consortium Award for distinguished performances of contemporary music. Ms. Kahn has commissioned, premiered, and recorded the works of American composers as diverse as George Crumb, Ralph Shapey, Peter Schickele, and Tania Leon as soloist and with the Jubal Trio. She won the coveted Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award as a founding member of the Trio, and she performs with the League-ISCM Chamber Players and other ensembles throughout the United States. Ms. Kahn presents recitals of unusual interest and has received critical acclaim for her recordings for CRI, Musical Heritage, MMG, Vox-Candide, New World, and, most recently, the Mozart Flute Quartets for Albany Records. She presents masterclasses on various aspects of the flute and its music throughout the United States. Music runs in Sue Ann’s family. Her father, famed architect, Louis I. Kahn, played the piano, and her mother ran the Fairmount Park Music Festival. She has been President of the New York Flute Club and the National Flute Association.

Susan Jolles has been associated with contemporary music since receiving a Fromm Fellowship in contemporary music performance in l963. Susan Jolles has an extensive discography that encompasses a full range of musical genres including classical, klezmer, jazz, cabaret and Broadway, recording with such diverse artists as Giora Feidman, Kenny Garrett, James Galway, and flutist Laurel Zucker. Jolles is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music where she teaches harp as well as orchestral repertory and chamber music. She is a harpist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Aug. l3th. An intermission will feature a wine tasting from Willow Creek Winery. The Winery is located at 168 Stevens St., West Cape May. Directions can be found online on Willow Creek Winery ‘s site. Tickets are $30. Seniors, and $35. for adults including a free wine tasting at intermission. Call Access to Art, Inc. at (609) 465-3963 for reservations. You may send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. Tickets will also be available at the door from 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the concert.
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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.

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