Chamber Music Society presents concert at the Old Whaling Church

Old Whaling Church, rear view — File photo by Tim Johnson

The Friends of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society present a special evening of music, “Brio, Bliss, Boffo: Celebrating Music through Song.” The concert will take place at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Sunday, July 22, at 7 pm.

Seven singers, four pianists, and one impresario will present favorites from opera and Broadway. All of the performers are graciously donating their time and talent so that all of the evening’s proceeds directly benefit the MVCMS.

According to a press release from the MVCMS, “the amazing array of talent comes from across the country and across the Island,” and features the cast of this season’s Opera at Featherstone’s production of Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment: So Young Park, Karolina Pilou, Luke Grooms, and Adelmo Guidarelli (three of whom are Metropolitan Opera Artists). Joining them are three singers well known to Island audiences: Jenny Friedman, Molly Conole, and David Behnke.

Accompanying the singers are four exceptional pianists:  Ed Bak (music director of La Fille du Regiment) and Island artists Peter Boak, Philip Dietterich, and Molly Sturges. Holding the evening together is impresario Donavon Dietz.

The opera portion of the program includes familiar arias, duets and ensembles from La Boheme, The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, La Traviata, The Pearl Fishers and Rigoletto. You don’t have to be an “opera buff” to recognize and love these tunes. The Broadway segment includes songs from shows such as Oklahoma, South Pacific, My Fair Lady and Guys and Dolls, among others. The evening also features a very special performance of Strings, Waters and Winds, a setting of James Joyce poems by Martha Vineyard’s own Phil Dietterich.

Tickets can be purchased for $25 at the MVCMS website:, through email at, or by calling 508-696-8055. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance. Patron tickets are also available at various levels and include reserved seating, a pre-concert wine reception and other special benefits. Patrons at the $2,500 level will attend a private dinner with the artists following the concert.