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.

Bus trip to NYC on December 6th


The Menaced Assassin by René Magritte

Access to Art will take a bus trip on December 6th, to two major NYC museums, the Metropolitan Art Museum, with its terrific gift shop, and huge tree with Renaissance angels, and many international exhibits, and the MOMA museum with special exhibits on Magritte and Walker Evans, which they will visit at 4 p.m.. They will also visit the lit Christmas tree and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the early evening. They will leave at 8:30 a.m. and return home at 10 p.m. for a full day and evening in the city at Christmas.

They will leave the Acme in Cape May Court House at 8:30 a.m., where you can leave your cars.

We will meet at the lower half below the Acme and near the bank. The trip includes the bus, museum admissions, and a sandwich and coffee at the Metropolitan Cafeteria beautifully situated on Central Park. They can also purchase anything additional they might want there.

Access will also offer some wine and cheese on the way home on the bus.

We have taken other trips to the Metropolitan Art Museum, which never ceases to amaze with its magnificent collections of art from all around the world. MOMA, which began in the 30’s, exhibiting modern art from around the world, will be our destination at 4 p.m. We will take in the Magritte Exhibit, and the Walker Evans photography exhibit there. Walker Evans shared a studio in the Village with Ben Shahn in the 30’s, and he had the first person one man photography show at MOMA. Since Access to Art opened its events with a WPA Show, Land of the Free, based on the poem by Archibald MacLeish, and showed the works of the FSA photographers, as well as the art of Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson, Clarence Holbrook Carter and Benton Spruance, we are interested in seeing a complete show of his work. He got in trouble with the Farm Security Administration for not taking enough photos, or filing his whereabouts often enough for Roy Stryker, who administered the program, so he was fired. Each one of his photographs was a perfect gem. He was among the very best of the photographers who photographed the Great Depression across America with its iconic photos of the suffering of the American people.” said Barbara Beitel, Access to Art, Director. “And he also photographed NYC during the 30’s as well. We followed that up with a photography exhibit, and a photo workshop with Bill Eppridge, now deceased, who had studied the work of the great photographers. They went on to be picture magazine photographers of Life, Look, Sports Illustrated.

A show of the Belgian surrealist Magritte is also available at MOMA.

Tickets are $90. And include the bus, sandwich and coffee or soft drink at the Met, museum admissions, and wine and cheese on the way home. “I tried to make the trip informative,

full of great art, and affordable.” Beitel said. “We need 40 people to make the costs work, and we currently have about ten from word of mouth,” Beitel said.

For tickets, send your checks to Access to Art, Inc., 417 E. Pacific Ave., Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210. Call (609) 465-3963.