Free Public Concert No. 2 Friday, October 1, 2021 Saint Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1545 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118 "Music for the End of Time" The Escher Quartet and the Manhattan Chamber Players Music by Strauss, Barber, and Messiaen 6:30 PM: Doors Open 7 PM: Pre-Concert Talk and Q&A 7:30 PM: Concert
The Crescent City Chamber Music Festival (CCMF) will commemorate its sixth anniversary with seven free public concerts at venues throughout New Orleans from September 30 to October 10, 2021.
This year’s Festival is themed “(Over)come Together” and will bring together 21 world-class chamber music artists as well as prominent New Orleans classical musicians. Music lovers will be treated to performances by Grammy-winner and elite classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, described by NPR as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.” In a different twist for the festival, the Oct. 5 concert at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center will feature all local classical musicians.
This year’s festival will welcome Ensemble-in-Residence the Escher String Quartet, an American string quartet based in New York City, where they serve as Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. And as always, the festival will once again feature the renowned Manhattan Chamber Players, a collective of New York-based musicians who have delivered compelling performances of the most moving pieces that the chamber repertoire has to offer year-after-year at CCCMF.
Festival Director and native New Orleanian Luke Fleming has made the Crescent City his permanent home, moving back from NYC during the pandemic. He is now on the faculty of the University of New Orleans School of the Arts. “I am thrilled to be back home in the city that I love, teaching music and also working to grow the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival from right here in New Orleans,” Fleming said. He continues to perform around the globe with some of the world’s most talented musicians, many of whom volunteer their time at CCCMF.
Community outreach is an important part of the festival’s mission. Since its inception, festival musicians have performed privately for audiences at nursing homes, hospitals, schools, homeless shelters, and other helping organizations across the Greater New Orleans area. “It is important to the festival’s mission that we continue make our community outreach and free performances available to people from all walks of life,” Fleming said. “We will, of course, follow all COVID-19 protocols in place at that time.”
Join some of the most talented Classical musicians in the world for performances filled with deeply moving musical masterworks performed in beautiful, acoustically magnificent venues.