The Summer Concert Series is a central pillar in the platform of musical art and community outreach which is at the heart of our mission. Over the 33 years since our first season, MEE has been making music affordable, available and accessible in our North Shore community. We believe live music forges community by opening our minds and hearts in the shared experience of playing and listening. The Summer Concert Series brings together high musical art and engaged audience participation. We welcome you, returning friend or new listener, to Music at Eden’s Edge.
We are pleased to welcome last year’s Emerging Artist at the Edge, cellist Jacques Wood, as our newest ensemble member. He joins MEE ensemble members in June as we present the Jean Cras String Trio, a rare French impressionist work of great beauty, framed by beloved string trios of Beethoven and Taneiev. July brings Solar Winds, French woodwind quintets by one of Boston’s most respected chamber ensembles. Mezzo Soprano D’Anna Fortunato returns in August with MEE ensemble members for Treble Treasures, an eclectic mix of music with something for everyone, from seriously lyric to ridiculously funny. Brilliant harpsichordist France Fitch returns in September with MEE’s Baroque ensemble for September in Venice, a Golden Age tour of Italian Baroque chamber music. No matter how many concerts we play, there is always more great music, more to be experienced, learned and shared.
Music at Eden’s Edge participates in the Essex River Cultural District by bringing two performances to the historic First Universalist Church of Essex. We also return to our favorite venues: the home of John Archer in Danvers, the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody Center, and of course, the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester. The Senior /Family Series returns to the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church of Danvers.
To our loyal audiences — welcome back to your seat in the ensemble! Your part in the musical conversation with MEE is the one we have been awaiting to make the concerts happen. If you are new to MEE, we invite you to learn more about us, sit back and enjoy the concert. There is place for everyone.MEE, performing since 1982, is proud to be a long-term part of the North Shore’s culturally rich landscape. Thank you for choosing MEE for your evening’s pleasure. Let the concert begin!
Maria Benotti Artistic Director, Music at Eden’s Edge
Music in Our Community: Great Musical Discoveries for All Ages
In 1982, MEE began its summer series with the intention of bringing great classical music to as broad an audience as possible. We focused our performing venues on the North Shore and established summers filled with exciting concerts. Today, Music at Eden’s Edge continues to fulfill its mission by weaving great music into the fabric of our region’s daily life, through events that are available, accessible and affordable.
Starting with a pilot program in Gloucester in 1990, Music at Eden’s Edge’s commitment to outreach has brought Youth Chamber Concerts into the classroom with fascinating live music to over 47,000 students. Through an eclectic musical mix of repertoire and lively, interactive concerts, MEE performers help students discover their own ability to respond and relate to classical music. The YCC is presented free in partnership with nine public elementary schools in five North Shore communities – Gloucester, Ipswich, Beverly, Salem and Lynn. Passionate musicians and great music encourage students to get involved in their own school’s music programs and to explore their own delight in music.
Really Open Rehearsals are offered free to all ages. MEE musicians actually rehearse while discussing rehearsal challenges and decisions with each other and the audience. Listeners get the inside track on making music happen. Close Encounters with Music, a free lecture/performance series offered at the Peabody Institute Library, extends this concept to adult and student learners with more performance and historical content to frame the listening experience. Since 2011 this series has attracted a loyal, enthusiastic and engaged audience.
The Senior/Family Series continues as MEE’s longest-running outreach program, in place since 1987. Four free summer afternoon concerts, June to September, offer the same programs as our evening series and are some of our best-attended events. The Tuesday afternoon performance of each month’s program is held at handicap-accessible Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers. The daytime hour and convenient location also encourage families with young children to attend for an early concert experience. We are always impressed by the depth of musical knowledge and the obvious enthusiasm and appreciation shown by our senior audience. MEE performers love this audience right back and look forward to renewing friendships with returning audience members every year.
With something educational and enjoyable for all ages, outreach connects us all!
The mission of Music at Eden’s Edge is to perform chamber music of the highest caliber for the broadest possible audiences; to commission and perform new works; and to foster appreciation and understanding of classical music through live professional programs in accessible and intimate concert settings, emphasizing artist-to-audience contact, education and community outreach.
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