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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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.

 

Why Do Architects Produce Musicians?

 

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.

Philadelphia Brass Announces World Premiere of the Suite from Guys & Dolls at Sam Maitin’s Summer Chamber Music Festival in Cape May on June 29th at 7:30 p.m.

Natives and visitors to Cape May County and environs will have an opportunity to hear the celebrated Philadelphia Brass present their world premiere of the Suite from Guys & Dolls by Frank Loesser for Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival. “We don’t tend to lean to that side of the genre, the lighter part of our concerts, we are very selective about everything. We went to the premiere arranger for brass quintet. He’s a retired Broadway musician, who spent years and years on Broadway. While he was playing, he would write arrangements for people in between tunes. You couldn’t read his handwriting. Thank God he is retired, now he puts it on the computer and we can read it. It was arranged for Philadelphia Brass by Jack Gale. We are very excited to be premiering it in Cape May for Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Music Festival.” said Scott Mendoker, Tuba, whose credits include the New York Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony , the Boston Pops, and the hit Broadway musical Ragtime. Although the Philadelphia Brass is 25 years old, Scott Mendoker, who plays the Tuba, has been with them for seven years. Their first Tuba player retired. He knew their horn player, who asked him to audition. He did and got the job. “Here’s that Rainy Day” was arranged for us by Dale Devoe, who arranges and writes for big bands.”Mendoker said. “The nice thing about our brass quintet is we all get along so well.” he said. “I have been there for seven years, but Philadelphia Brass is 25 years old. Our unspoken mission statement is making beautiful music. We all teach, and do different things. We try to do what we do so that everyone can do it, in between symphony orchestras, teaching, Broadway orchestras. “ he said.

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Access to Art Opens Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival with the Fabled Philadelphia Brass June 29th in Cape May

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Access to Art, Inc. will open its 15th Annual Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival with the fabled Philadelphia Brass at the Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., Sat. June 29th, at 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia Brass formed in Philadelphia in 1988 to pursue their common goals: performing the best of brass quintet literature of all periods and styles, and educating the public to the pleasures, subtleties, and complexities of chamber music.

The esteemed American composer Daniel Pinkham has written that Philadelphia Brass is “the most artistic brass quintet before the public today and they are the most style conscious brass ensemble I have yet worked with.” NPR’s Performance Today said that they are “One of the gems of Philadelphia’s cultural life.”

And why wouldn’t they be? Anthony Cecere, French horn, graduated from the University of Michigan. He has been principal horn and soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic, a member of the American Chamber Players of Washington, D.C., and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New Jersey and Boston Symphony Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. His recording credits include concerti by Mozart and Haydn, Twilight Music for violin, horn and piano by John Harbison, and the Bach Mass in b minor and Christmas Oratorio with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. He has toured throughout Germany and France, and conducted master classes at numerous schools of music including Yale, Juilliard, the University of Missouri, the University of Arkansas, Idaho State University and the University of Seoul, South Korea. He has been a member of Beauty and the Beast Orchestra on Broadway and loves railroads and a nice Zinfandel.

Robert Gale is principal trombone with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and a member of the pit orchestra of the Walnut Street Theatre. He has been a member of the music faculties of Swarthmore College and Valley Forge Military Academy and is currently on the faculty of The College of New Jersey. He has performed with the St. Louis and Richmond Symphonies and has recorded extensively for many vocal artists, television and major motion pictures. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Bob began fifteen years of touring with the swing bands of Glenn Miller, Les Bogart, Jimmy Dorsey and Bob Crosby, and the back up bands for Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Donna Summer, Vic Damone , the Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole and numerous others.

Brian Kuszyk is principal trumpet of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Delaware Symphony, a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, and a frequent substitute for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has collaborated with artists Luciano Pavarotti, Denyce Graves, Tony Randall and Barry Manilow and recorded for Telarc; RCA, Dorian, Albany,Gothic and Argo/London Labels. Recent tours have taken him to Bolivia, England, Germany and Portugal.

Lawrence Wright is principal trumpet of the Allentown Symphony, Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra in Pennsylvania Sinfonia. He has a MM from Juilliard. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the New Jersey Symphony, the Italian Spoleto Festival, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and has appeared as soloist with artists Sylvia McNair, Emanuel Ax and Menahem Pressler. He was featured in the PBS broadcast of Stravinsky’s L’historie du Soldat and as soloist in several recordings of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, including Christmas Oratorio.

Scott Mendoker, tuba, has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, New York and Boston Pops, the New Jersey Symphony, the Broadway hit musical Ragtime, the Bavarian Radio, and recorded with the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with members of the Czech Philharmonic for Summit Records and David Holsinger’s Kansas City Dances for Tuba and Wind Ensemble for Mark Records have received high praise and critical acclaim.

The music series is being underwritten, partially, by grants from the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, Charlotte Bennett Schoen Foundation, and the Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Fund. The Herald Newspapers and the Cape May Star & Wave and the Sentinel Ledger are media sponsors. Tickets are $20. Adults; $15. Seniors and students. Call (609) 465-3963 to register.

Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation Support Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival

For the second year Access to Art has received the support of the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, sponsoring the Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival, held in various towns and churches in Cape May County. Access is presenting its l5th year of chamber music concerts in the area.

The foundation awarded Access to Art, Inc. a $10,000 grant. “We are very happy to have the support of the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, a foundation known for supporting classical music in the New York and New Jersey area.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director. “ Lydia Bergen was instrumental in presenting cello concerts at Carnegie Hall and she had a particular interest in classical music. Many of our musicians have performed at Carnegie Hall, and across the world, to rave reviews,” Beitel said.

This year’s lineup includes the Philadelphia Brass performing June 29th 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington Ave., Cape May. They will perform both classical brass, and works from their American Songbook, which, this year includes Guys and Dolls.

On July 13th, pianist, Aurelia Mika Chang, piano, and Sue Ann Kahn, flute, will perform honoring Sue Ann’s father, Louis I. Kahn, world famed architect, and Sam Maitin, internationally known Philadelphia artist, whose brother worked for Louis I. Kahn, as did Chang’s father, Ching Yu Chang, also an architect. Aurelia Mika Chang performs on three continents. She is artistic director of the Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival. Flutist Sue Ann Kahn won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award as a member of the Jubal Trio, and the American New Music Consortium Award for her performances of contemporary music. Ms. Kahn has recorded music of all periods for MMG, Vox-Candide, Capstone, New World, CRI, and most recently, The Mozart Flute Quartets for Albany Records. She teaches at Mannes School of Music, and at Columbia University.

The Mondrian Ensemble, the core group of Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival, will perform on September 11th, featuring Philadelphia Orchestra strings, John Koen, cello, Anne Marie Ahn Petersen, viola, Aurelia Mika Chang, MM, Juilliard, piano, and Michael Ludwig, formerly Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra and currently concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic. Mr. Ludwig is under contract with Columbia Records and records with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Scottish Symphony and other international symphony orchestras. “We are delighted to have Michael Ludwig at this concert,” said Barbara Beitel. “He solos all over the world, now, and records, and he is hard to get, but he is a core member of our original Ensemble, and his music is beautiful.” she said.

In August, Dr. Bert Greenspan violinist, Juilliard BA, and Performance doctorate from Indiana University will join us for a performance, date to be announced. Pianist Elise Auerbach will accompany him. Dr. Greenspan taught at Rowan for years, served as department chair, and performed with the Philadelphia Opera Company. He has also been guest lecturer at the events celebrating the Renaissance, including a talk on the Italian Renaissance, and on the English Renaissance given at the Southern Mansion, Cape May. Currently Bert is performing in OperaNaples, in Naples, Florida, and with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $25. Adults; $20. Seniors; and $15. Students. Call (609) 465-3963 for scheduling and time information.

Dr. Bert Greenspan to speak at the Southern Mansion

The Tudors are coming to Cape May. Attendees of Access to Art’s Renaissance Redux will have a fun discussion on the English court and its 16th century music given by Dr. Bert Greenspan, Emeritus professor of Music from Rowan University.  Dr. Greenspan, violinist, a Juilliard undergraduate, with a performance degree from Indiana University, will explain the English Renaissance in music, and give us a backgrounder on it, at the Southern Mansion, 720 Washington St., Cape May at 7 p.m. on December 13th.

His topic?  “The English Renaissance:  Political Intrigue, Sexual Misadventures, and a Musical Miscreant.”  He will speak for 35 minutes, have a question and answer period, play a little music, and then we will break for wine.

Following that, we will have  selections of a new play reading by four actors, of  “Bound by Truth,” by Sheila Lynch Rinear, commissioned by Access to Art, Inc.  exploring a narrow period in the life of Sir Thomas More, former chancellor of England, renowned humanist, with his daughter, Margaret More Roper during the reign of Henry VIII.  It covers the period of Henry VIll’s attempt to annul the marriage of himself and his wife of 20 years, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella.  Cardinal Wolsey was unable to obtain an annulment from the Papacy.  Catherine of Aragon was dangerously related to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, who was her nephew.  Thomas More was thrust into the position of Chancellor, against his better judgment, after Wolsey had been condemned to death. Wolsey, after 20 years of service to the king, died a week before his trip to the tower of London, which spared him the terrors of decapitation. The period discussed is limited to Thomas’s interment in the Tower of London, when everyone, the Lords and Elders and Bishops of the realm, had gone with the king, except for Bishop John Fisher, a few Carthusians and a Birgittine Confessor General and Thomas More stayed with the church.  His wife, sons in law, friends had all disappeared.  Margaret, his beloved eldest, and brightest daughter, went to work to support her father who was not good at being alone and away from his family.  She took Henry’s oath, to get access to her father, on the subterfuge that she would convert him to Henry’s cause, and his new self-appointed role as head of the church in England.

Margaret, saved his works, caused him to write, and through her daughter, Mary, twenty years after More’s execution, we actually have his words  written from the prison which Margaret spirited out.

Henry VIII was the most musical of Renaissance kings: he sang, read music, composed music, and played lute, virginals and organ. He hired more court musicians than any other Renaissance monarch, and his courtiers, and queens, all had to play the lute, sing, dance and entertain.    Henry’s court was known for its revels, music, and its Royal Chapell.  Dr. Bert Greenspan, who taught violin, and music history, at Rowan for five decades, will give us an entertaining talk on the greatest period of English music.  He will perform something that  everyone is familiar with, a tune from the Renaissance, and ask people to identify it.  Currently Dr. Greenspan is performing in a baroque orchestra in Fort Myers, and with the Naples Opera Company.

He will describe Henry VIII as brilliant, handsome, an author, a musician, a humanist…who also turned out to be not as playful and erudite as he was in his youth, when Cardinal Wolsey was his chancellor, but in his pursuit of his legacy and a male heir turned into someone who brooked no differences.

Dr. Greenspan, who taught over 2000 students at Rowan, and spent 30 years as a concert master at the Reading Pa. Symphony Orchestra, performed for the Pennsylvania Ballet & Opera Companies .  Joe Mayes, from Rowan, head of the Early Music Department there, will come and play his lute within the context of the reading performing a composition of Henry VIII in the play.

The talk will transpire, with questions from the audience, and a little wine break, to be followed by the reading selections of a new play by Sheila Lynch Rinear, playwright from San Antonio, Tx.  who has written over 50 plays.  Her play, Bound by Truth, will be read by four Equity actors who perform for East Lynne on occasion, as well as other venues.  The reading will be directed by Mark E. Lang.  It will look extensively on the relationship between Thomas More, former Chancellor of England, consigned to the Tower of London,  for refusing to sign Henry’s oath making him the head of the church in England.  If he did not renege, More would be decapitated and perhaps, disemboweled in a public display reserved for traitors.  His head would decorate the Tower.  He had monks, Bishop John Fisher the confessor of Henry VIII’s mother, who founded several schools at Oxford,  Richard Reynolds, a  confessor general of the Brigittines, a learned order brought to England by an earlier king to pray for the soul of his father, who had murdered family members in pursuit of the throne.  Accompanying them was  John Houghton, the head of the Carthusians, and 54 of his monks, who marched to their deaths before More’s window in prison as an object lesson to Thomas More from Henry VIII.

Margaret More Roper, whom More had educated as well as anyone who attended Oxford, in his home at Chelsea, enjoyed the study of Greek, Latin, English, science, math, astronomy, music and even medicine. She was particularly fluent at translation from Greek to Latin to English.   At Chelsea, More’s home, he set up a school where Margaret, along with his other two daughters, his step-daughter,  adopted daughter, and his son, and various relations and neighbors, where students were treated to their father’s ideas of a humanist education.  They were taught by dons from Oxford and scholars from the continent, friends of More and Erasmus.  More was fascinated with education, and thought that women should be educated, unlike most other men of his era.   Margaret More Roper, and her humanist skills, will also play a prominent part in the new play. In the 16th century, education was foreign to women.  Only queens and princesses received an education, and a king’s educations may have been inclined more toward jousting and hunting than Greek and Latin. The More girls were asked, because of the fame of their learning, to give a debate before the king, to decide how he would educate his male illegitimate offspring.  They were famed in Europe for their scholarship.  Henry had heard of their skills, and wanted to see a demonstration.

Margaret translated Erasmus from the Greek to English. She was a brilliant writer and translator, but, because of her sex, she was not allowed to write. Her father wanted her virtuous, humble, and not seeking after vain glory.   But he also wanted her educated.  More was a famed English humanist who had written “ Utopia.”  He was a best friend with Erasmus, the most famous humanist in Europe, who wrote “In Praise of Folly”, which he dedicated to More.  More, like a group of young humanists at Oxford, was infatuated with the idea of the new learning:  returning to Greek and Latin, translating from Greek to Latin to English.  He studied the Greek moralists, poets, scientists.  Erasmus translated the bible from the original Greek. He mocked the excesses of the scholastics, and called people to a simpler lifestyle modeled on the bible and on Christ.  Both were church reformers, who, in their youth, desired to reform the church from within.  The church had too many politicians and businessmen who created problems by their venality and lust for power. Earlier, in his Catholic days, Henry VIII wrote a diatribe against Luther and was named “Defender of the Faith” by the Pope.

In the age of Henry VIII, the  world of the middle-ages was rapidly coming to an end, and the age of the Renaissance was ascending.  The world departed from the thought of Augustine which had held the Middle Ages together: “ The common good is to be preferred to our own selfish interests, and not our own selfish interests to the common good.” It was a period when theology was the Queen of the Sciences, and God was at the center of the universe.   The dawning age was now in all out pursuit of individualism.  The age of God as the center of the universe, the Middle Ages, was replaced by the age of man.  The community was about to be severed, and the Catholic faith, which had held for l000 years, was to be splintered.  More was one of the last medieval minds in England, who harkened back to the church of l000 years, the church of the apostles, and the church fathers, that began hospitals, universities, monasteries,  and kept the bible through the ages, writing it by hand in monasteries.  It was the age of the printing press, and the common man reading the bible in the vernacular. It was the age of exploration by sea to foreign lands.  Join Access to Art, Inc. as we seek insight into the origins of the modern age which began in the Renaissance and now seems sated with individualism, individual rights, and the cult of the self.

Tickets are $25. Adults; Seniors, and students,  are $20.  Call Access to Art, Inc. at (609) 465-3963 to reserve tickets. Send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 4l7 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

Access to Art to Present An Evening of English Renaissance Theatre Entertainment

Beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Play Reading of a new play by playwrite Sheila Rinear
“Bound for Truth” Dec. 13th
A discussion of Renaissance English Music by Dr. Burton Greenspan
Wine and Sociability at the Southern Mansion, Cape May

Cape May. Strike up your lute. It is Renaissance redux at the Southern Mansion for Access to Art, Inc. on Dec. 13th, at 7:30 p.m. when the elegantly festooned l860’s era mansion, the Southern Mansion will entertain Access’s guests for a reading of a Renaissance play and a talk about Renaissance music in Henry VIII’s England. The event is open to the public. Decked with Christmas splendor, the Southern Mansion, who hosted Access’s Salute to the Italian Renaissance in 2010, at 720 Washington St., Cape May will play host to a return of Dr. Bert Greenspan to discuss Renaissance music in Henry VIII’s England. The event, which includes wine, will occur on Thursday, Dec. 13th at 7:30 p.m. Access to Art will continue their explorations of 16th century Renaissance England at a play reading of “Bound for Truth,” featuring Sir Thomas More, former chancellor for Henry VIII , featuring his eldest and favorite daughter , Margaret, trained as a humanist at More’s home in Chelsea. Women were not educated in the 16th century, but More educated his three daughters, his stepdaughters, and his son the same bringing in the finest dons from Cambridge and Oxford, and famed scholars from the continent. Margaret translated a religious work from Erasmus, the famed Netherlands humanist.

The reading of the new play by Sheila Lynch Rinear, “Bound for Truth,” with be done with area and NYC equity actors from East Lynne Theatre Company. The play, funded by the NJ State Council on the Arts, Dept. of State, and supported by the Cape May County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and by Samuel S. DeVico, concerns the period of former Chancellor Thomas More’s sojourn in the Tower of London. He had retired from the chancellorship as Henry conspired to rid himself of Catherine of Aragon, and was consigned to the Tower when he refused to sign Henry’s oath which made Henry both the head of the church spiritual and the head of state in England. This situation transpired when Cardinal Wolsey, then Chancellor of England, was unable to get Henry VIII a divorce from Pope Clement VII, a Medici. Henry had been married to Catherine of Aragon, for 22 years, with no male heir. Catherine, who was the aunt of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, spelled trouble for the Pope, since, eventually Charles V sacked Rome and ended the Renaissance. That created a problem for the Pope, who vacillated. The papacy had already given one annulment to allow Henry to marry his brother Arthur’s widow, when Arthur died at 15 years of age.

Margaret Roper More managed to visit her father, in the tower, by signing the oath, and assuring Cromwell that she would get her father to take the oath . Margaret was the eldest, and the brightest of his children, and the most gifted in languages. She was a translator for Erasmus, the great Renaissance Greek scholar. The event is scheduled for a Thursday evening, Dec. 13th at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a wine reception. An introduction to the music of the court of Henry VIII will be given by Dr. Burton Greenspan, formerly of Rowan University, and currently concertmaster of the Naples Opera Company in Naples, Florida. “Dr. Bert taught music history at Rowan, and also violin. He has an undergraduate degree from Julliard, and a graduate degree in performance from Indiana University. He is an informative and entertaining speaker, and he gives one an educated chance at seeing the period musically.”said Barbara Beitel. Also joining Access will be Joseph Mayes, head of the Early Music Dept. at Rowan, who will play a little lute, to introduce the play’s masque. The lute was the instrument of choice of Henry VIII who played the lute as did his wives, and associates. Henry had 58 paid musicians at his court, from Italy and the Netherlands, and a children’s Chapell, and he took music seriously enough to also compose it. He liked to sight read with his courtiers and to sing. He was the most musical of the Renaissance Kings. He played the lute, the organ and the virginals.

“We are having a reading of the beginning of the play, and we will have the play fully developed by the Cape May Renaissance Festival.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Director. “Meanwhile, we invite everyone to an evening similar to the one we had several years ago on the Italian Renaissance, with the addition of a play reading.” Beitel said. “England had its religious wars, as did Europe, and it was a bloody business. We can be thankful that all we have to put up with is character assassination, and not murder in our present political climate. It makes one acutely aware of the reason our forefathers were so adamant about separation of church and state.” she said.

Tickets are $25., adults, $20 seniors and include wine and the entertainment. Call Barbara Beitel at (609) 465-3963, Send checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

Closing concert for Sam Maitin Summer Concert Series on Sept 22

Cape May Court House. After 20 years as a not for profit, Access to Art presents the Mondrian Ensemble, once again, on Sept, 22nd, at 8 p.m. The Mondrian Ensemble was formed for Access to Art. It is the lead group for the arts organization, featuring Aurelia Mika Chang, piano, MM Juilliard, Michael Ludwig, former Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra violin, Anna Marie Ahn Petersen, violist, John Koen, Acting Assistant Principal Cellist for the Philadelphia Orchestra. A trio will perform. Chang, who performs on three continents and is the artistic director of the festival will be joined by guest violinist, Kathryn Krueger, and Philadelphia Orchestra’s Acting Assistant Principal Cello, John Koen for a performance here. They will converge for Access to Art’s Sam Maitin Summer Chamber Music Festival performing at Our Lady of the Angel’s R.C. Church, at 8 p.m. at 35 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House, N.J., below exit 10 on the Garden State Parkway. Free parking is available. It is the final formal event of Access to Art’s music season, but other music events are in the making. They will perform music by Haydn, Schubert and Piazzola .

John Koen

John Koen teaches at Temple and Swarthmore. He studied with David Soyer and Peter Wiley of the Guarneri Quartet at Curtis. “Sam Maitin told me to get young prodigies in their youth, and they would remain faithful, and so they have.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Inc. Director. “I have watched them develop over 20 years.” Beitel said. “They were always amazingly talented, and now they are talented, disciplined, experienced and world renowned.” she said.

Kathryn Krueger began playing the violin at the age of 3.She and Aurelia Mika Chang, friends from boarding school, have been playing together since their teens. She did the first benefit with Aurelia Mika Chang 20 years ago for Access to Art., Inc.
She was accepted into the Chicago Performing group at 4 ½ and participated in concerts in many states. As a master student of Mischa Mischakoff, she began giving concert tours throughout the states and twice performed in Germany at the age of 6. In addition to television and radio performances on German and French National TV, Brasils “Cultural”, TV Santos, WQXR in NYC, KXTR in KC, Klassic Radio and NDR in Hamburg, where she was featured as soloist, she has also participated in several music festivals such as Galamians Meadowmount in NY, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Judenburg Sommers, Bad Kreuth, Esbjerg Chamber Music Festival in DK, Full Moon Night Concerts in Greece, Campos do Jordao in Brasil and Lebanon Music Festival. She studied at Juilliard and Eastman Schools, and was later invited to Germany to Lubeck Musikhochscchule. She has lived in Vienna for over a decade.

Kathryn Krueger, left, and Aurelia Mika Chang

Kathryn Krueger came from Vienna for the occasion, Aurelia Mika Chang from New York City, and Philly Orchestra cellist, John Koen, from the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. All three perform regularly on three continents. John Koen and Aurelia Mika Chang are members of the Mondrian Ensemble, and Kathryn Krueger is a guest violinist. Kathryn and Mika were performing together at fifteen years old at a private boarding school in New York, and performed together in a trio at Juilliard and pre-Juilliard. They performed for Access to Art, Inc. several years ago at a Valentine’s Day Concert at the First Baptist Church, Cape May, where they received a standing ovation.

“Aurelia Mika Chang and Kathryn Krueger performed our first benefit in 1992, the year we first began; they were going to perform in Romania, and they performed the concert here for us first. We are now 20 years old. Sam Maitin, our advisor, and famed Philadelphia artist, brought Mika Chang down to the Art League when I was a consultant for their 60th anniversary. He wanted me to create “an Aspen of the East,” and bring very talented young musicians to the area in their incipient careers. If I took care of them in their youth, they would return faithfully when they were well known,” he instructed Barbara Beitel. “These artists were young prodigies who spent 8 hours a day practicing, ” Maitin told her. “Artists”, he said, “put on their pants one leg at a time. They have families, and friends and lives. They want an audience, and they want opportunities to socialize with people, and get to know and enjoy them. I want you to provide that.” Barbara Beitel, then consulting for programming and marketing at the Cape May County Art League’s 60th anniversary, complied. The Art League was not particularly interested, so she formed Access to Art, Inc. in 1992 to do just that, and a lot more as well: dance, WPA art programs, photography, theatre, a classical music series, Shakespeare with Aquila Theatre company, even a Cape May Renaissance Festival. Area students have taken master classes with the likes of Edward Villella, Suki Schorer, Patricia McBride from NYC Ballet, Ruth Andrien from
Paul Taylor Company, Paul Sutherland and many others including dancers from Philadanco and Martha Graham Dance Company.

Aurelia Mika Chang brought her talented friends from Curtis and Juilliard to celebrate the Cape May County Art League’s 60th birthday when Alice Steer Wilson was President of the County Art League, and Roseanne Borgo was their director. It was in 1987/8. “ Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Executive Director said. “I was sent there by Cape May County Cultural and Heritage Commission to assist them with programming and marketing.” Beitel, said. “It was long ago, and Mika Chang, was just 19 years old. Now she has two sons, playing violin, one, the eldest, who just won a scholarship to Manhattan College, for violin, and is now studying there. He is only 11. Her younger son also studies violin. And Kathryn has two daughters who play violin and cello. They both began studying very young. Kathryn was touring in Germany and the U.S. at six years old. She was born in Kansas, but has lived in Vienna for years. They tour together extensively in China, Japan and Europe.” Beitel said.

“Michael Ludwig, another member of the Mondrian Ensemble, which he began as a very young Associate Concertmaster for the Philadelphia Orchestra, just gave us a wonderful benefit concert at Union Park Restaurant.He is now a sought after soloist performing and recording with the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. He is often heard on NPR. Following our concert, on Saturday, he was featured guest on NPR at WRTI, in an interview with Jill Pasternak, classical host, discussing his rocketing international career as a soloist.’ Beitel said. “They played some of his recordings, including works with the Buffalo Symphony and the London Philharmonic. “He is coming back to do more benefits, and we are going to raise money to hire a composer to do an elegy for his father, Irving Ludwig, long a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who worked under Eugene Ormandy. It was he who taught Michael to play from age 3 years old. I think that we will do concerts in area restaurants with dinner as we did before. It has an informal quality and the audience can speak with him, and he gets to explain the music, the period, the personalities, his Cremonese violin and his French bow. Michael is a genius, but with no affectation. His music is heavenly, but he is very down to earth with a wonderful humility and humanity.” Beitel said.

Tickets for the Mondrian Ensemble are $20 adults, $15. seniors, $10 students. They are available at the door of the church from 7 p.m. and can be reserved by calling Access to Art, Inc. at (609) 465-3963. The festival is underwritten in part by the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Douglass Candies, Kindle Ford, the Herald Newspapers and the Cape May Star & Wave.