Under the Arches: Chamber Music Series at The Pequot Library: New York Waytes

Pequot Library 720 Pequot Avenue, Fairfield

Friday, June 28 at 6:00pm | New York Waytes  Experience an Italian 17th-century sonata, l’Arte di Suonare, emblematic of the early baroque aesthetic. The first instrumental style to emerge in this new ground was the Stylus Fantasticus. It features spirited rhetorical dialogues of tempos, affects, timbres, and textures– stark contracts of audio juxtaposed. This program invites you into a verdant, dreamlike garden of sounds. Featuring music by: Fontana, Castello, Bertoli, and other sculptors of sound This summer’s free, outdoor chamber music series will focus on Early Music, a term encompassing all choral and instrumental music stretching from the early Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the middle of the 17th century. This music is marked by beautiful, textured vocals and melodic harpsichords and lutes, and there is no better place to enjoy this beauty of sound than Pequot Library’s Great Lawn. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will take place in Pequot Library’s auditorium.

Charles Ives & the American Tradition: Ives: Likes & Dislikes at Norfolk Music Shed

Norfolk Music Shed 49 Battell Rd, Norfolk

Despite a reputation as a musical maverick, Ives had tastes that one might consider conservative. He was a big fan of Beethoven and Franck, but had a distaste for the important modernist composer Edgard Varèse. CHARLES IVES   Hallowe’en for Piano Quintet LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN   Serenade in D Major for Flute, Violin, and Viola, Op. 25 EDGARD VARÈSE   Octandre CÉSAR FRANCK   Piano Quintet in f minor Tara Helen O’Connor   flute Scott Hartman   trombone and Norfolk Fellows For more information

$10 – $70

Brentano Quartet and Rieko Aizawa at Norfolk Music Shed

Norfolk Music Shed 49 Battell Rd, Norfolk

FRANZ JOSEF HAYDN   String Quartet in G Major, Op. 33, No. 5 ALFRED SCHNITTKE   Piano Quintet FELIX MENDELSSOHN   String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44 Brentano String Quartet and Rieko Aizawa   piano For more information

$10 – $70

Under the Arches: Chamber Music Series at The Pequot Library: Piffaro

Pequot Library 720 Pequot Avenue, Fairfield

Friday, July 12 at 6:00pm Piffaro, with Grant Herreid, Yale University Professor of Music and Priscilla Herrerid, Director of Piffaro Piffaro, The Renaissance Band’s mission is to delight audiences with historically informed performances of music from the late Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods, in the manner of the civic, court and chapel wind bands, which existed roughly from 1450-1650. They aim to entertai and educate others in the music itself, its role in the culture of those periods, and its link to music of our day. This summer’s free, outdoor chamber music series will focus on Early Music, a term encompassing all choral and instrumental music stretching from the early Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the middle of the 17th century. This music is marked by beautiful, textured vocals and melodic harpsichords and lutes, and there is no better place to enjoy this beauty of sound than Pequot Library’s Great Lawn. In the case of inclement weather, concerts will take place in Pequot Library’s auditorium.

Charles Ives & the American Tradition: Folk Inspirations at Norfolk Music Shed

Norfolk Music Shed 49 Battell Rd, Norfolk

Ives, like the other composers on this program, used the folk music of his local region in his compositions. You’ll hear Ives’ use of the hymn in his fourth violin sonata, Boccherini’s use of Spanish folk songs, Bartók’s use of Hungarian folk tunes, and Brahms’s use of Romani music. LUIGI BOCCHERINI    Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid BÉLA BARTÓK    Contrasts CHARLES IVES   Violin Sonata No. 4,“Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting” JOHANNES BRAHMS   Piano Quartet No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25 David Shifrin   clarinet Mark Steinberg   violin Melvin Chen   piano and  Norfolk Fellows For more information

$10 – $70

Brentano Quartet at Norfolk Music Shed

Norfolk Music Shed 49 Battell Rd, Norfolk

FRANZ JOSEF HAYDN   String Quartet in b minor, Op. 33, No. 1 DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH   String Quartet No. 8 in c minor, Op. 110 LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN   String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat Major, Op. 18 Brentano Quartet For more information

$10 – $70