Access to Art sponsors a concert of Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Chopin
This Sunday, Cape May welcomes the world-class Mondrian Ensemble to the United Methodist Church on 635 Washington Street for a matinee performance of the works of Brahms, Mozart, Schubert and Chopin. The Mondrian Ensemble features Philadelphia Orchestra current and past performers, including Michael Ludwig on violin, Anna Maria Ahn Petersen on viola, and John Koen on cello. Aurelia Mika Chang, a concert pianist who performs on three continents, is the fourth member of the ensemble.
The Mondrian Ensemble has performed for Access to Art’s Summer/Fall Sam Maitin Chamber Music Series since the group first formed in 1998. “The Mondrian is our first group, around whom the festival formed. They began with us in their 30s, although, individually some were here in their teens. Now in their 40s, they grace the concert halls of the world,” said Barbara Beitel, Executive Director of Access to Art. Ludwig, Petersen, and Koen were then with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Ludwig, then in his 20s, was named their Associate Concertmaster. Koen has won awards from the orchestra as a valuable contributor to its music and welfare. All three have traveled the world with that distinguished orchestra.
Aurelia Mika Chang, pianist, returns to the concert series following a summer of performances in Japan. Chang began performing with Access to Art at 18 years old, while studying at Juilliard. “Mika played for the Cape May County Art League’s celebration years ago. Now she has appeared on the fashion pages of Vogue, and she and her sisters command $10,000 per performance.” Beitel said. “We have always specialized in bringing young, brilliant artists to our area.”
Guest performing with the ensemble is the Curtis Institute of Music’s Jazimina MacNeil, a mezzo-soprano who has performed at the Marlboro Festival. Of Jazimina, The New York Times said: “Fresh is one thing: just what you hope for in a young performer. Less expected – astonishing, in fact – were the richness, maturity, and genuine distinction in the mezzo-soprano sound of Jazimina MacNeil, clearly a singer to watch.”
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the door or reserved at (609) 465-3963. The concert will be held at 3pm on Sunday, September 12 at the United Methodist Church, 635 Washington Street. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy an artful, nuanced performance by international musicians with a local history.