Access to Art presents an elegant Sam Maitin Concert/Dinner Benefit Featuring Internationally known violinist, Michael Ludwig

Thursday Evening Sept. 13th, at 5 p.m.

Like to be serenaded by a brilliant violinist, have an exquisite dinner, and benefit the arts?

On all three counts, you can be satisified. Access to Art, Inc., a 20 year old not for profit, announces a benefit concert/dinner offered by internationally known violinist, Michael Ludwig, formerly Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and currently concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic.

The event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13th at 5:00 p.m in the Union Park Restaurant, 727 Beach Drive, Cape May. “We love Union Park; we have had many benefits with ballets there. Their food is exquisite, and the ambience very European.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director. The concert benefits Access to Art’s Summer Chamber Music Festival. “We will have a little concertising, an opportunity to share dinner, and socialize with internationally known violinist, Michael Ludwig. He has performed for major orchestras on four continents. At home, he performed at the Boston Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Peter Nero’s Pops, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Michael soloed and recorded in 2011 with the London Symphony Orchestra where he recorded Kenneth Fuch’s American Rhapsody. He has performed and recorded with the Scottish National Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Virginia Symphony. He performed in Cape May most recently on May 6th with Peter Nero’s Pops. BBC Magazine praises his “persuasive playing, silky tone, sensitivity to colour and flair for “golden age” style.”

Michael, one of the founding members of the Mondrian Ensemble , formed for Access to Art, Inc., was the Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra , a job he held from his 20’s, where his father had also been a violinist under Eugene Ormandy. Since that time, Michael brought many of his friends in music to Access to Art’s concert series, including Steven Copes, concertmaster of St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, Sunday at St. Paul’s. He is on the advisory board of Access to Art, Inc. Currently he is the concertmaster of Buffalo Philharmonic. He recently performed in Saratoga.

Michael Ludwig has been featured numerous times on Performance Today, a program that reaches 1.2 million listeners on 230 radio stations nationwide. Ludwig’s media credits include live broadcasts on WRTI (Philadelphia) and WAMC (Albany, NY) as well as an appearance on the program “From the Top.”

He has been featured on Bulgarian National Radio, Balkan Bulgarian Television and the Korean Broadcasting System.

Hailed by Strad Magazine for his “effortless, envy provoking techniques, sweet tone, brilliant expression, and grand style,” Michael Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician. A highly sought after soloist, he has performed on four continents, including appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea, Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, collaborating with such conductors as Jo Ann Falletta, Sir Georg Solti, and John Williams, among others. Highlights of Michael’s career include recent performances in Germany, Spain, Poland, China, Korea and Israel, as well as numerous appearances throughout the U.S. Composer Daron Hagan has written a new violin concerto, American Songbook, for Michael Ludwig, which he premiered with the Buffalo Philharmonic in 2011.

He will perform works by Bach, Ernst, Paganini at the dinner/concert benefit. Tickets are $50 including the performance. Dinner, a three course event, will feature short ribs, chicken, or salmon, a Caesar salad, and a fruit tart for dessert. The event benefits Access to Art, Inc., a 20 year not for profit, which presents the visual and performing arts in Cape May County. Of Ludwig, Van Cliburn said: “A musician of profound artistry and consummate integrity, Michael Ludwig possesses a gorgeous sound which he projects with heartfelt passion and intensity.” You can hear his music online if you google Michael Ludwig, violinist.

Information about our concert series and special events surrounding it can be found on www.accesstoart.org Send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 4l7 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210. Call 465-3963 for ticket reservations. Dinner, with music by Michael Ludwig, is $50. Per person. Wine is available on site…or byob. Reservations must be made, because dinners have to be pre-ordered.