Peabody Library Concert Series

Peabody Institute LibraryThe Music in Our Community program was designed to support community-wide access and to bring the joys of live, intimate and educational classical music performances directly to the residents of Peabody in an easily accessible downtown Peabody location. Preparing for our seventh year of free music education programs at the Peabody Institute Library, MEE’s Music in Our Community Program 2016 season will include two full concert performances and four lecture/performances in the Close Encounters with Music Series, Virtuosity.

MEE programming at the Peabody Institute Library is designed to be family-friendly, educational, and entertaining with great audience appeal. All the events will be free and open to the public. Our audiences range in age from children to seniors. Programming will run from December 2014 through December 2015. MEE continually strives to be innovative and creative in our approach to bringing music to our local communities.

The Musicians Journey – 2017 Performances

All 2017 performances will take place in the Sutton Room at the Peabody Institute Library on the following Mondays at 7pm.


Growing into Greatness

January 23, 2017, 7 PM

Renowned violinist Daniel Stepner explores the ciaccona, a Baroque dance form, with flutist Orlando Cela and violinist Maria Benotti, culminating in Stepner’s solo performance of the monumental Bach Chaconne

Cello Road

February 27, 2017, 7 PM

Cellist Sarah Freiberg leads the musical traveler on a whirlwind trip through the solo cello terrain, from 17th century Modena, Italy, to our time and place. Come along for the ride!

Life as Journey

March 27, 2017, 7 PM

Boston’s beloved mezzo soprano D’Anna Fortunato and violinist Maria Benotti offer three moving and distinctly contrasted works for voice and violin: Villa-Lobos Suite for Violin and Voice; Holst Four Songs; and Vaughan Williams’ Along the Field. A listening journey!

The Other Side of the Moon

April 24, 2017, 7 PM

Exploring the other side, where odd traveling companions, flute, violin and bassoon search out unique pieces you might never hear again…but we guarantee a fascinating and sometimes funny trip! Orlando Cela, Flute; Neil Fairbairn, Bassoon; Maria Benotti, Violin

Close Encounters with Music Lecture/Performances

From January through April 2017, one Monday evening a month has been committed for these events. The objective of Close Encounters with Music at the PIL is adult music education with a distinctively enjoyable dose of interaction and fun. Focusing on how we hear through the filter of our understanding and experience, activities will center on finding ways to listen to, relate to, and describe music. For this year’s series, MEE players will offer discussion about the historical and social context of the selected repertoire.

In addition, MEE players will offer personal reflections on music-making, historical context and insights into listening, and information about their instruments and performance practice. It is a friendly way to learn about music, performers, and music-making. Audience members are encouraged to engage in discussion and to ask questions, which often leads to a very fluid and dynamic interchange of ideas.

Music at Eden’s Edge is making music present and readily available in the life of our community, performing and teaching about music in an engaging way, for as many people as MEE can reach through its musical activities at the Peabody Institute Library. Music is as necessary as food and breath to life. We seldom have any meaningful experience without it. The discovery and exploration of the riches of great music bring scope, depth, and meaning to our lives. The experience of music shared, as Pete Seeger showed us all through group singing, is a connecting web which binds us together in a community of values and understanding. This connection of art and community is at the heart of MEE’s mission and its North Shore regional residency. We plan to continue to strengthen the vitality of the community of Peabody by partnering with the Peabody Institute Library to bring a rich musical experience to Peabody residents.

Jacques Lee Wood, Cello

Jacques Lee Wood2

Noted for his fluency of playing, and expressive warmth, sensitivity, and technical ease (Boston Musical Intelligencer, Melrose Free Press), cellist Jacques Lee Wood enjoys an active and varied musical career. His passion for teaching and research complements a performance career that explores a broad range of interests: from historically informed …

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Maria Benotti, Violin – Artistic Director

Maria Benotti

Violinist Maria Benotti founded Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore’s own resident chamber music ensemble, in 1982. As its Artistic Director, she has shaped its programs and artistic vision while performing for 30 seasons. Active in Boston’s vibrant musical scene, she is a member of the faculty of the …

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Orlando Cela, Flute

Orlando Cela

Venezuelan born musician Orlando Cela is committed to engaging audiences with lively performances that open new worlds of experience. Known for his engaging performances using imaginative programming, Orlando has premiering over 100 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor. In concert, Mr. Cela regularly offers short lively introductions …

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Jason Fisher, Viola

Jason Fisher

Violist Jason Fisher is a founding member of Boston’s Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra, A Far Cry ( A Carnegie Hall Fellow and a Peabody Singapore Fellow, Jason has toured Europe, Asia, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. Concerts at Vienna Musikverein, Singapore Esplanade, and Carnegie Hall. Performances with Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, …

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