Down East 2013 ©
The Mt. Desert Festival of Chamber Music's forty-ninth anniversary season of summer concerts features four prominent string quartets: the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet makes their debut on July 24 with a program to include the "Intimate Letters" quartet by Czech composer Leoš Janáček, as well as Dohnányi's beloved C minor Piano Quintet with pianist and music director Todd Crow. On July 31, the Shanghai Quartet performs a concert with Todd Crow to include the rarely heard Piano Quintet by the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American composer Arthur Foote. The August 7 program will feature the return of the celebrated soprano Dominique Labelle performing Ravel and Rossini. She will be joined by guest artists violinist Stephanie Chase, violist Dov Scheindlin, cellist Mark Shuman, and flutist Mindy Kaufman. The Brentano String Quartet returns to perform Haydn and Beethoven on August 14. The season closes on August 21 with the Daedalus Quartet in a program to include Dvořák's grand E-flat major String Quintet with guest violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama..