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July 14 - July 20, 2005 Edition
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Ives Quartet offers diverse program
The Ives Quartet,
a celebrated string ensemble based in California, will present the
second concerts in the 2005 summer series of the Marthas Vineyard
Chamber Music Society. The quartet will be joined by pianist Delores
Stevens, artistic director of the music society, in 8 pm programs
on Monday, July 18, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown and on
Tuesday, July 19, at the Chilmark Community Center.
The Ives Quartet combines the talent and experience of the international,
solo, orchestral, chamber music and recording careers of its artist
members violinists Robin Sharp and Susan Freier, violist Scott
Woolweaver, and cellist Stephen Harrison. Each player is an acclaimed
performer in his or her own right, earning distinction with other
renowned chamber music ensembles including the Chester Quartet, the
Boston Composers String Quartet, the New England Piano Quartette,
the San Francisco Symphony, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music
The Ives Quartet has captivated audiences from San Francisco to New
York, Taiwan to London. Committed to presenting the full scope of
the string quartet literature, the ensemble continues to earn critical
and popular acclaim for the depth and diversity of its programming.
The group was in residence at Stanford University as the Stanford
University Quartet from 1983 until 1998.
The quartet currently offers fall and spring concert series in the
San Francisco area and tours widely the rest of the year.
Next weeks concerts will open with Mozarts Adagio and
Fugue for String Quartet. Written as a tribute to Bach, the piece
was originally composed for piano four hands, then rewritten for string
quartet with the addition of the introductory adagio.
The program continues with Maurice Ravels String Quartet in
F Major, written in the winter and spring of 1902 and 1903, the composers
final year of study at the Paris Conservatoire. Although Ravel was
just 28 at the time, this quartet is considered part of the artists
early maturity rather than his student work, because of its fluency
and its consummate command of form.
Ms. Stevens joins the quartet for the Piano Quintet, opus 57, by Dmitri
Shostakovich. Written in 1940 and given its premiere performance with
the composer himself at the piano, it promptly won the Stalin Prize.
This melodic and lyrical work, widely recorded and a staple of the
modern repertoire, is an emotional powerhouse, its five movements
built around a central Scherzo.
The Marthas Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Ives Quartet, Old
Whaling Church, Main Street, Edgartown, July 18, 8 pm; and Chilmark
Community Center, July 19, 8 pm, South Rd. Tickets $25, children are
"Trust" and the waterfront
Berklee College of Music instructors Kevin McCluskey and Eric Johnson
have accepted the task of raising spirits in a sober, spirit-free
setting. At this years Water Tasting by the Sea, a fundraiser
for Vineyard House to be held at the Boch Estate in Edgartown Friday,
the two will provide guitar and vocal entertainment with other musicians.
Vineyard House provides safe, sober housing for those in the early
stages of recovery from substance abuse. The event aims to raise both
funds and awareness about the program.
Mr. McCluskey is a longtime seasonal resident and avid kayaker who
teaches music theory, entrepreneurship, and career planning at Berklee.
He recently released Trust, a CD that Ken Capobianco of
Billboard Magazine hailed for its keenly observed, intelligently
crafted songwriting. From the existential ruminations of Down
the Line (sample lyric: Whats a man? Whats
he worth? Is it money? Or his birth?) to Julie,
a fly-on-the-wall narrative of marital infidelity, Mr. McCluskey engages
in musical storytelling reminiscent of Warren Zevon and Tom Waits.
The standout track, Nerve Damage, is a jangly take on
substance abuse that warns of the hazards of excess. The disc features
accompaniment from former Del Fuegos drummer Woody Giessmann, bassist
Michael Rivard (Jonatha Brooke), and guitarist Kevin Barry (Paula
Those who wish to partake of Mr. McCluskeys talents but are
unable to attend the water tasting event can catch him at the Wharf
in August, where he will perform for a series of Monday nights. u
Kevin McCluskey at Water Tasting by the Sea, Friday, July 15, Boch
Estate, Edgartown, 5 to 7 pm, Suggested donation $25.
Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing
in music, film, and the performing arts.
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