Long Island’s Bridgehampton festival adds spring season

Posted on: March 9, 2015

“The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, a highly regarded summer event, will expand its offerings this month with a new spring series” from March 22 to April 26, writes Jane Levere in Friday’s (3/6) New York Times. Festival founder Marya Martin, a flutist, “said that she planned to combine ‘seasoned artists with relative newcomers’ for the spring concerts, just as she does for the summer.… The festival … has grown considerably since its founding [in 1984]. Its first season consisted of only two concerts, devoted to standard works by composers like Georg Philipp Telemann, Felix Mendelssohn and Anton Dvorak. Over time, it incorporated contemporary music into its programming … and expanded to include four additional summer venues … and in 2011 established BCMF Records, its own label…. One particular aim of the new series is to reach more schoolchildren, Ms. Martin said, adding that they might have fewer competing distractions to occupy them in the spring than in the summer. To that end, the festival is offering $5 and $10 student tickets to the two spring concerts, working through local schools to distribute some of the tickets.… Ms. Martin said she hoped the spring series would be well accepted.… ‘We want our music to be out there.’ ”

Posted March 9, 2015