Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society starts season
Last week's concerts, which featured a marimba player and tango music, were indicative of the range of music and the quality of musicians that the Martha's Vinyard Chamber Music Society is bringing to the Vineyard this summer. Says artistic director and festival pianist Delores "Dee" Stevens, "Creating concerts is an art. Putting concerts together to make something stimulating, you want something new, you want something beautiful, you want something exciting. Sometimes you want the traditional. I try to put all that into a program so that it will appeal to the senses as well as on an intellectual level." Read more.
Outdoor entertainment on Martha's Vineyard
On the Island, the fun doesn't stop as soon as the sun goes down. The Vineyard may be famed for its beautiful beaches, but it is also renowned for its plethora of pleasing outdoor entertainment events. From music in Owen Park to outdoor films at the Tabernacle, people of all ages are guaranteed an enjoyable evening under a starry Vineyard sky. Read more.
Vineyard Sound: A Martha's Vineyard music staple since 1992
The Vineyard Sound, whose members vary every year, as some graduate and are replaced by younger collegians, have been a staple of Island summer entertainment for 19 years. Formed in 1992 by a group of 10 friends from three east coast colleges — Connecticut College, Skidmore College, and Wesleyan University — the Vineyard Sound now includes singers from eight different schools from around the country. The roster remains at 10 members. This year, exactly half are returnees, the other five new. Read more.
Music al fresco at Featherstone's Musical Mondays
Musical Mondays at Featherstone have become a tradition that unites two of the things that the Island is celebrated for, the arts and nature. Says former Featherstone executive director and current coordinator of the 15th anniversary events, Francine Kelly, "Musical Mondays here are very popular, particularly with year-rounders. This is an opportunity for them to close their shops and enjoy the music that we offer. There are always lots of families. It's a secure environment. Kids play with Frisbees and run around the field. People bring picnics and sit on the grass or on lawn chairs. Most people just come to enjoy the setting. It's a natural amphitheater." Read more.