New Zealand-born flutist Marya Martin and Manhattan businessman Ken Davidson had just married, as Allan Kozinn of The New York Times relates: “Davidson was dismayed by the prospect that Ms. Martin would be spending her summers traveling the festival circuit while he worked in the city and spent weekends on his own in the Hamptons.” Ken and Marya’s solution—to start their own festival, right in Bridgehampton—is now local legend.
From two concerts featuring five artists in 1984, the Summer Festival now presents twelve concerts and some 40 renowned musicians, and the new three-concert Spring Series provides additional opportunities for excellent concertgoing experiences on the East End. The Festival still maintains its special sense of community where good friends share their love of music-making in the beautiful setting of Bridgehampton in the summertime, and now in the spring as well!
An Intimate Musical Experience
In chamber music the balance of each player’s sound with the collective sound of the ensemble demands the highest artistry, expression and sensitivity. While most performers spend most of their time performing alone as soloists or in the practice room, chamber music offers the opportunity to collaborate with others on the highest level. Musicians often seek to get together with their colleagues at their leisure to play chamber music for their own delight. Bridgehampton Chamber Music sets up this intimate experience between some of the world’s finest artists, and opens it up to an appreciative audience of listeners. The moment we hear it, we know something unique is happening—and we’re part of it.
A Lovely Historic Church
The graceful sanctuary of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is modest in size so each member of the audience, seated in a cushioned pew, feels close to the performers on the altar that forms the stage. The acoustics are so pure that the softest note is audible from every seat, and the comfortably air-conditioned room makes the experience even more enjoyable during the summer.
A Special Community
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has a devoted core audience—many have attended every concert since the Festival’s start. As visitors flock to this beautiful seaside resort town, they join the ranks of summer residents and year-round East Enders who have already discovered that the Festival is a perfect end to a summer’s day. Artistic Director Marya Martin brings a personal touch to her programs, introducing rarely heard works and new works by composers of our time in the reassuring company of favorites of the standard repertoire. Sustained by the generosity of a distinguished Board of Directors, by our special Benefit evening and general contributions from Festival supporters, tickets to the Festival remain affordable to everyone. Each concert is recorded for later airing on Public Radio’s Performance Today, and Festival recordings and commissions extend the Festival’s contribution to a wider public—and to the future of music.
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival is grateful for the support it receives from individuals, foundations and government sources. To learn how you can support BCMF, please go to www.bcmf.org/support. The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Society gratefully acknowledges the following support: Suffolk County, Office of Cultural Affairs, Steven Bellone, County Executive New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency Steinway and Sons is the official piano of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival The 2016 Free Outdoor Concert is sponsored in part by the Bridgehampton National Bank. WSHU is the official radio sponsor of BCMF's 2016 Season