02 May New Chamber Music Festival at Pilgrim Monument
Before the music series could begin, the PMPM needed to buy a new piano and due to generous support from the community, the brand new Yamaha G5 grand piano will arrive on May 10, in time not only for the new chamber music series but also for other events to be held at the PMPM throughout the season. The music series, Chamber Music for the Outer Cape, was conceived by a volunteer advisory group led by Dr. Craig Combs of Provincetown, an accomplished pianist who inspired the effort.
“Provincetown is the perfect place for a chamber music series with its deep history as a center for arts and culture,” said Dr. Combs. “And even though Provincetown has great musicians and performers, it lacked a chamber music program for the community, so we are thrilled to create one.”
Dr. Combs and the Volunteer Advisory Group for the Chamber Music for the Outer Cape recently held fundraisers to help pay for the cost of the new piano. “There was a great outpouring of financial support for the new piano and a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the new program,” said Dr. Combs.
The PMPM bought the instrument from East Cambridge Piano which received the instrument directly from a piano dealer in Hamamatsu, Japan, where it was made.
The mission of Chamber Music for the Outer Cape, a program of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, is to add the dimension of chamber music as a vital part of life in the Provincetown community. The music series will consist of three concerts per year presented off season, in the fall, winter and spring.
“We are very excited to be creating new cultural programming for the local community,” said Courtney Hurst, President of the PMPM Board of Trustees. “The chamber music series is the perfect example of a collaborative effort with the PMPM and a dedicated group of volunteers who care deeply about providing quality experiences for local residents and visitors alike.”
Dr. Combs says that by definition, chamber music is anywhere from one to ten musicians playing without a conductor. The music is not strictly tied to classical music although its heyday was in the 19th century. “Our chamber music series has the potential to include many music genres other than classical including jazz, blue grass, folk music and world music,” said Dr. Combs.
“The new piano signals a new beginning for the PMPM where the new instrument will be the first step in providing our visitors top notch musical performances including the new Chamber Music Series for the Outer Cape,” said Dr. K. David Weidner, PMPM Executive Director. “We are tremendously grateful to the Volunteer Advisory Group for their efforts in gathering the financial support that made it possible for the PMPM to host the new music series.”
The Chamber Music for the Outer Cape Volunteer Advisory Group: Charles Berardesco, Dr. Craig Combs, Dr. William Gannon, Jr., Halcyone Hurst, Allan McKinnon, Ken Okin, Charles Roberts, Jeffrey Thurston.