October 30, 2020

Musical Masterworks Opens 30th Season Virtually, Video of First Concert Available Nov. 7, Tickets on Sale Now

Musical Masterworks’ October performers James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega.

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks launches its 30th Anniversary Season by offering a new way for chamber music aficionados to enjoy its concerts in the form of professionally-produced video.  Concert-goers can watch from the comfort of their homes on the screens of their choice. 

Artistic Director Edward Arron explains, “We have adjusted our season in order to bring our five concert programs to our devoted concertgoers virtually, through recordings made by an award-winning team of videographers and audio technicians. While restrictions remain in place for in-person gatherings, we are thrilled that our performances can be filmed in our usual concert space.”

Musical Masterworks will begin the 2020-21 season with two all-Beethoven programs.

October will see pianist Andrew Armstrong join renowned violinist James Ehnes to perform three sonatas by Beethoven. 

In December, the month of Beethoven’s actual 250th birthday, James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Che-Yen Chen and Edward Arron will perform three Beethoven String Quartets.

The spring Musical Masterworks concert will welcome back a number of favorite artists, including Rieko Aizawa, Todd Palmer, Jeewon Park, Randall Scarlata, Gilles Vonsattel, and Tessa Lark, featuring musical treasures from Bach to Corigliano.

The season’s first concerts will be filmed at the end of October and the link to the virtual concert will be made available to ticket buyers Nov. 7.  The video can be enjoyed for three weeks and watched as many times as one wishes. 

Ticket-holders will be able to experience Musical Masterworks as never before: the audio-video production team will create an intimate concert experience, providing a virtual seat on the stage.

Arron shared his thoughts about this unusual season, saying, “The experience of living through this unsettling period has reinforced my belief that the arts and live performance are essential to humanity and are an indispensable part of a healthy society.”

He adds, “It gives me great pride that our organization has committed to presenting a full season of concert programs as we celebrate the 30th season of Musical Masterworks.”

Musical Masterworks’ season runs October 2020 through May 2021.  To purchase a video ticket subscription ($150 each), a video mini-subscription ($100 each), individual video tickets ($40 each), or student tickets ($5 each), visit Musical Masterworks at Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252

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