The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is continuing its Summer Stars Classical Series beginning Thurs., July 1 at 7:30 p.m.
The 152 anniversary season offers the shore’s only summer classical music offerings from 7:30 p.m. through July 29 in the Great Auditorium.
The series features the New Jersey Wind Symphony July 1, Soliest Ensemble July 8, Vieness Piano Duo July 15, LaFiocco, the Fiddler’s Dance July 22, and the grand orchestra finale July 29.
The Great Auditorium is handicap accessible. To purchase tickets visit www.oceangrove.org/stars or call 732-534-3462.
Founded in 1983, the New Jersey Wind Ensemble brings the many accomplished winds and percussion players living in the metropolitan area to the stage. It is regularly joined by world-class soloists from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, radio and television personalities, and other nationally renowned performers and conductors. The July 1 program will feature works by John Philip Sousa, Arthur Pryor, Jerry Bilik, and primarily American composers to celebrate the upcoming Independence weekend.
Solisti Ensemble, founded in 2008, is an Ocean Grove favorite with an 11-piece string ensemble that seeks to revive the traditions of small-ensemble chamber music while also pursuing the rich, vibrant sounds of contemporary music, pop, tango, jazz, and beyond. The unique size of the ensemble and each member’s individual virtuosity and musicality create an extraordinary sound that is quite unlike the conventional classical music culture known today. Program to be announced.
La Fiocco specializes in music of the 17th and 18th centuries on period instruments. The program (“The Fiddler’s Dance,”) explores music for courtly entertainments from early 17th-century England and France, a “battle piece” depicting the triumph of good over evil from Spanish Naples, popular English ballads and dances c. 1640 to 1700, and traditional and patriot music from Colonial America. Artistic director Lewis R. Baratz conceived the program as a journey through time, and one that pays tribute both to the Elizabethan origins of much music heard on the Continent and in Colonial and Revolutionary America, and to the importance of the dance tradition in courtly and domestic music.
Vieness Piano Duo has enthralled audiences in their electric and captivating performances of a wide range of repertoire. Their intuition for conversation coupled with a commanding stage presence has made them in demand throughout the world. Together they performed over 40 recitals last season including InConcert Series, Trinity Concert Series, Music Guild, Le Salon de Musiques at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L’ermitage Foundation, Masters in the Chapel Series, South Coast Symphony, Vicente Chamber Orchestra, and Kultur unter’m Dach series in Germany.
Grand Orchestra Finale will feature OGCMA’s resident organist Gordon Turk with Director of Music Ministries Jason Tramm leading the Mid-Atlantic Philharmonic Orchestra with guest soloists soprano Michelle Johnson and violinist Byung Kook Kwak.