Summer concert series returns July 26 with pieces by Haydn, Bach

May 14, 2018

A salute to American composers of the 20th century and music from the 17th century, performed on instruments from the period, are among the selections in this year’s Music From Land’s End concert series.

Now in it’s seventh year, the series returns on July 26 with a string quartet program. Those performances will include selections from George Gershwin, Charles Ives and Crawford Seeger.

Other selections include a piece by Joseph Haydn, the originator of the string quartet, and Antonin Dvorak. A Czech composer, Dvorak was inspired by Haydn and American music of the 19th century to write “The American,” which will be performed.

“It is one of the most beautiful and joyful string quartets,” said the series’ Artistic Director Ariadne Daskalakis. A longtime Wareham summer resident, Daskalakis is a professor at the Cologne University of Music in Germany. She’s a critically acclaimed violinist who has performed across the globe. She launched the Music from Land’s End series to bring world class chamber music to the area.

Bringing the pieces together into one performance is a bit like cooking, she explained.

“You start with some really attractive ingredients and then you build around it,” she said. “We always add a little spice to our programs, too.”

For the second series of concerts, which will feature Baroque music from the 17th century, the performances will include period instruments.

“It brings the music to life because it’s as close as we can get to how the pieces originally sounded,” she said. “That helps unlock the secrets of this music and the composers' intentions.”

The series begins with an abbreviated version of the string quartet program on July 26 at 4 p.m. in the Wareham Free Library. Other quartet performances will be held at 7 p.m. on July 28 in the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front St., and July 29 in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St.

The ensemble program featuring work from Bach and others will be start on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Marion Music Hall. Other performances include Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd.

As always, there’s a philanthropic aspect to the series, proceeds from select concerts will be donated to the Church of the Good Shepherd’s food pantry, the Wareham Free Library and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra’s education outreach program. All concerts are open to the public. Entrance by donation, suggested $25 or $10. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome to ensure further concerts. Send donations to: MLEW/NBSO, P.O. Box 2053, New Bedford, MA 02741.