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.


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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 for additional information.

Presenting an evening of violin music


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

An evening of violin music
Our Lady of the Angel’s R.C. Church
33 Mechanic St., Cape May Court House
(off the Garden State Parkway below exit 10)
At 8 p.m.


Ari Boutris, violin
Aurelia Mika Chang, piano


Beethoven (1770-1827) – Romance in F major, Opus 50


Beethoven – Sonata No. 5 in F major, Opus 24 “Spring”
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Rondo: Allegro


Jules Massenet (1842-1912) – Meditation from Thaïs

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) – Etude-Caprice Opus 18, No.2 in E flat major with special guest artist, Mialtin Zhezha

Henryk Wieniawski – Polonaise Brillante No.2 in A major, Opus 21

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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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.

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