Sam Maitin Summer/Fall Chamber Music Festival


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.


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


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


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.


Jose Lemon


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.

Violin and piano concert on October 19th


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


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.

Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Series starts August 22nd

The opening concert for the Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Series is on August 22nd with Joseph Mayes, classical guitarist.  The second concert will be Daedalus String Quartet on Sept. l5th and the final concert will be on Sept. 22nd with the Mondrian Ensemble.  We will host a trio with Mondrian founder, Aurelia Mika Chang, piano, John Koen, cello and guest, Kathryn Krueger.  Kathryn is coming from Vienna.  John from the Philadelphia Orchestra and Aurelia Mika Chang from NYC.

The photo features Kathryn Krueger, violin, and Aurelia Mika Chang, piano.  This was from a concert in China.  They will be joined by John Koen, cellist, from the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Mika and John are Mondrian Ensemble members.  Guesting will be Kathryn Krueger.


Joe Mayes, Classical Guitar, Aug. 22nd. Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., Cape May, 8 p.m.

The Daedalus String Quartet, Sept. 15th, Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., Cape May, 8 p.m.

The Mondrian Ensemble Sept. 22, Our Lady of the Angels R.C. Church, 35 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House (Below Exit 10 on Garden State Parkway)
Featuring a Trio with Aurelia Mika Chang, piano; John Koen, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist; and guest violinist Kathryn Krueger