Chamber Music Society headlines musical collage and lecture

Doug Masek.
Photo courtesy of MVCMS

Doug Masek.

Preceding concerts later in the week, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) Summer Music Festival will hold a free public lecture on “Creativity, Music and the Brain” this Sunday, August 12, at 4 pm at the Universalist/Unitarian Church in Vineyard Haven. Paul Stevens and composer Bryan Pezzone will present a discussion and concert designed specifically to demonstrate the relationship between music, creativity, and the brain.

On Monday, August 13, a collage of compositions, ranging from a Beethoven Sonata for Horn and Piano composed in 1800 to the World Premiere of Paul Chihara’s “Dragon Fly” for saxophone, horn, and jazz piano, completed in 2012, will be performed in Edgartown’s Old Whaling Church, and at the Chilmark Community Center the following night, August 14. Both concerts will begin at 8 pm.

The concerts will also include compositions by 20th Century composers Pedro Iturralde, Astor Piazzolla, Bruce Broughten, and Samuel Barber’s “Souvenirs,” arranged for piano four-hands. MVCMS Artistic Director Delores Stevens will join Mr. Pezzone, a jazz pianist, at the keyboard for the unusual arrangement of the Barber ballet. Mr. Pezzone will complete each program with his trademark “Jazz Improvisations.”

Acclaimed by critics at home and abroad, saxophonist Douglas Masek has performed concertos and solo recitals on six continents with a repertoire ranging from classical and contemporary to jazz. Dr. Masek is a professor in the UCLA School of Music.

Hornist Paul Stevens, Associate Dean of the School of Music at the University of Kansas, is the principal horn of the Mozart Classical Orchestra in Los Angeles and appears regularly with the Kansas City Symphony. A frequent performer on the MVCMS series, he has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, and San Francisco and Houston Symphonies, among others.

Mr. Pezzone has performed with major symphony orchestras in Colorado, Atlanta, San Antonio, Pasadena, Hollywood Bowl, Eastman, Pacific and the U.S. International University. He has been invited by Willamette and Rice Universities and California Institute of the Arts to perform solo keyboard concerts that blend traditional concert repertoire, improvisations, and original works.

MVCMS concerts, Outside the Box: A Musical Collage, Monday, Aug. 13, 8 pm, Old Whaling Church, Edgartown. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 8 pm, Chilmark Community Center. $35; $30 with Island Club Card; free for students.

Public lecture” Why Do I Fly Without Wings or Feathers?” Sunday, Aug. 12, Unitarian-Universalist Chapel, Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Donations welcome.

For information, visit mvcms.org or call 508-696-8055.