Jazz, Jewish Roots, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in Second Week of 27th Annual Cape May Music Festival

CAPE MAY – Don’t miss the incredible variety of music by the seaside during the second week of this year’s Cape May Music Festival, chosen “New Jersey’s Favorite Music Festival” in the 2016 annual People’s Choice Awards administered by the Discover Jersey Arts program of ArtPride New Jersey. The 27th Annual Cape May Music Festival is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), from Sunday, May 29 through Thursday, June 16.

Highlights of the festival’s second week of concerts include the following:

On Sunday, June 5 at 10 a.m., linger over a Sunday morning champagne brunch buffet at the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., during a Champagne Jazz Brunch at Aleathea’s. Enjoy live jazz from The Great American Songbook, featuring Mary Lou Newnam, saxophone, clarinet and flute, and Sonny Troy, guitar. Admission is $35.

On Sunday evening, June 5, at 8 p.m., hear how jazz and rock music fuse with The Jōst Project. The four members of The Jōst Project have long histories in jazz but the driving force behind them is the rock and folk music they were weaned on. Their declared aim is to draw baby boomer rock fans into the orbit of jazz. The Jōst Project is a jazz quartet that applies the physics of swing and bebop to rock and pop tunes. At Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton Place on Sunday, June 5 at 8 p.m. Admission is $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students.

On Tuesday, June 7, at 8 p.m., The New York Chamber Ensemble presents a chamber concert “Jewish Roots from Klezmer to Mendelssohn.” The many facets of Jewish music will be explored in this dynamic concert featuring the virtuosi of the New York Chamber Ensemble performing a selection of Klezmer music, White’s String Trio; Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words; and Dvorak’s Quintet Op. 77 in G Major at the Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Streets. General admission $20, Seniors $15, Students $5.

On Wednesday, June 8 at 12:30 p.m., come to the Carriage House Café & Tearoom located on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. for a Bach’s Lunch, a mini-concert by members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, where you can enjoy an elegant Tea Luncheon and intimate afternoon concert under the tent. Admission is $30 per person.

On Thursday, June 9 at 8 p.m., the Bay Atlantic Symphony performs “The Brandenburgs are Coming” at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St., with Conductor Jed Gaylin. The Bay Atlantic Symphony will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 2, 3, 4, and 5, featuring numerous Bay Atlantic soloists. The Brandenburg concertos sat in a desk drawer for years and were only discovered 99 years after Bach’s death. Today they are some of the most popular works ever written and something of an auditory signature for Bach – loved by performers and audiences for their richness, power, beauty and brilliance. General admission is $25, seniors $20, and students $10.

For further information or to purchase tickets call 609-884-5404 or order online at www.capemaymac.org.

The 27th Annual Cape May Music Festival is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) with funding by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. MAC is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s Web site at www.capemaymac.org. For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508 or visit www.capemaychamber.com. For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at www.capemaylodging.com.