Access to Art, Inc. which has presented its chamber music festival for 14 years was awarded a grant to support the Daedalus Quartet from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Access, founded in 1996 by internationally known Philadelphia artist Sam Maitin, who exhibited on four continents, with Aurelia Mika Chang, Juilliard MM, pianist, and Barbara Beitel, director and founder of Access to Art, Inc., founded it to present world class music in Cape May. They have been bringing major musicians from across the U.S. to the area since 1992. Access is the recipient of a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts of $2200.
Beginning as the Access to Art Music festival and now, following his death in 2004, named the Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival, it was based on Sam Maitin’s idea of an Aspen of the East, which he conceived in 1987 while assisting Barbara at the Cape May County Art League’s 60th birthday celebration. He thought that Cape May was centrally located, and a perfect relaxed place for great art and artists and their audiences to assemble. Access was awarded a $2200 grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation American Masterpieces Program. The grant is towards the performance of the Daedalus String Quartet scheduled for the 2012-13 season. Support for the American Masterpieces program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. The Daedalus will perform October l5th, site to be announced. They have been performing for Access to Art since they returned from their Canadian successes with the grand prize of the Bannf International String Competition.
“We are working very hard to continue bringing this excellent music here. My husband was very ill this year, which kept me very busy, but I am returning to doing this. I do need help from the community and support for this program. We have currently raised $7,000 but it costs about $l2,000 to do it. There are no overhead costs, no salary for anyone, it is just the cost of the musicians, piano rentals and tuning, advertising, and donations to the site. If you appreciate what we do, please donate to Access to Art, Inc. so that we can continue our good work.” Barbara Beitel, Director said.
“The press for Daedalus has been phenomenal, and their awards legendary. We first heard of them, in the very beginning, because Jesse, their violist, played with us when she was with the Chester String Quartet at Indiana University. One of their members did not get tenure, and the group broke up. She went to the Marlboro Festival and there the group formed.” said Barbara Beitel. They have been coming ever since. The New Yorker praised them as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets.” One year after forming, the quartet captured the Grand Prize at the Banff International String Competition in Alberta, Canada, and toured Canada as a result. They have since established themselves as one of America’s outstanding string quartets. They have performed in leading venues which include Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC, Boston’s Gardner Museum, as well as on major music series in Montreal, Toronto , Calgary ,Winnipeg and Vancouver. Abroad the quartet has performed in such venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, the Mozartium in Saltzburg, the Concertgebow in Amsterdam, the Cite de la Musique in Paris, and in leading venues in Japan. They are also quartet in residence at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.
“String quartets as philosophically like-minded as the Daedalus don’t come along very often…in Haydn’s String Quartet in F Major, Opus 77, No. 2, Hob. III:82, each member bent the tempos of short, interloping figures so subtly you could only marvel at the finesse. “ Philadelphia Inquirer (Jan. l9th, 2009.) The tour engagement of Daedalus Quartet is funded, in part, through the American Masterpieces program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. “ We are seeking other sponsors.” Beitel said.
The International Record Review in Jan. 2008 said: “The first thing one notices about the Daedalus Quartet is how resplendent is their sound; on a surface level, this is absolutely gorgeous playing, and not even the Guarneri Quartet can produce such attractive sounds…..Fortunately, if you peel back that outer layer, you will find that the musical argument is given its due, and that there are brains to go with the beauty.”
If you would like to support the festival as a sponsor or donor, call Barbara at (609) 465-3963 or send your check to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.