Old and new collide in Music from Land’s End 10th season

Jul 17, 2022

From the 19th century composer Robert Schumann to the Beatles, Music from Land’s End kicked off in Wareham this weekend with artists for everyone in its first programming of the summer.

“Anybody is welcome,” artistic director and violinist Ariadne Daskalakis said during the show’s intermission, adding that it’s very likely that “something will grab you” during a concert. She encouraged everyone, even those not from a classical background, to give the concerts a chance and come to a future show.

She played alongside violist Sebastian Gottschick, cellist Paige Riggs, pianist Roglit Ishay and guitarist Nick Randolph. Gottschick arranged several of the group’s pieces. The players performed at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Friday and Sunday.

The group performed an array of pieces, including pop hits like “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles and “Every Breath You Take” by the Doors, which contrasted with the group’s more traditional classical pieces, like Schumann’s Op. 47.

Daskalakis, Gottschick and Ishay also performed a piece that Ishay wrote in 2021, titled “Poema.” Ishay, an Israeli composer, wrote the movement in dedication to the memory of a French village which served as a refuge for Jews during the Holocaust. The village, Le-Chambon-sur-Lignon, is a welcoming place still day for those seeking refuge, Daskalakis said in her introduction to the piece.

This past weekend marked the beginning of Land’s End’s 10th season. The next shows will be held the weekend of July 23 and Aug. 13 across the South Coast. The programming on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 will be preceded with a short lecture on “What makes the music so great.”

More information on where and when each concert will be held can be found on the organization’s website.