MAY 19, 2014 – Beverly Patch

Satisfying Wind Quartets of Françaix, Tansman

by Susan Scotti

The Music at Eden’s Edge Summer Concert Series is a central pillar in the platform of musical art and community outreach that is at the heart of its mission. Over the 33 years since the first season, MEE has been making music affordable, available and accessible in the North Shore community. The Summer Concert Series brings together high musical art and engaged audience participation.

MEE welcomes last year’s Emerging Artist at the Edge, cellist Jacques Wood, as the newest ensemble member. He joins MEE ensemble members in June as they 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 Frances Conover Fitch returns in September with MEE’s Baroque ensemble for September in Venice, a Golden Age tour of Italian Baroque chamber music.

JUNE 25, 2012 – The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Satisfying Wind Quartets of Françaix, Tansman

by Lee Eiseman

The players were well matched and seemed very much to enjoy each others’ company. Oboist Charlyn Bethell compared the outing to a conversation among friends. And there was much of that as each player had as much chance to play the big tune as to accompany it — to palaver as well as to nod in agreement, as it were. ..

[Alexander Tansman’s] Suite for Reed Trio (1949) received a vivid performance… by the equally lively oboist Bethell and bassoonist [Neil] Fairbairn in an engaged performance that reveled in the contrasts and colors. The music was alternately spiky and poignant, and the players seemed alert to its every turn…

The closer, Jean Françaix’s somewhat familiar Quartet for Winds, was another musical keeper, though in the frothy French style. The playing had rhythmic urgency, broad range of colors and dynamics, and most importantly, some real swing.

JUNE 19, 2012 – The Cape Ann Beacon

Music at Eden’s Edge spreads its wings over many venues in 2012

by Keith Powers

There are many organizations in which the original intention of chamber music still holds sway, and Music at Eden’s Edge is one of them. For more than 30 years, artistic director Maria Benotti’s ensemble has performed in intimate settings for a surprisingly diverse set of audiences. MEE begins its concert season this weekend, with music for wind ensemble, and performances in Gloucester and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

OCTOBER 10, 2011 – The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Music at Eden’s Edge: 30 Years of Music Making

by Lyle Davidson

Nicely balanced, energetically and musically linked, the group was in wonderful form. The skilled leadership of first violinist, Dan Stepner, made this possible. He led the group with the sureness and musicality that has made his playing so important to Boston’s music lovers for so long. In an age that places such importance on image, it is a treat to hear such dedication to substance.

JUNE 18, 2010 – BU Today

Historic Architecture Inspires CFA Prof.
North Shore chamber group premieres Structures

by Kimberly Cornuelle

John Wallace created his latest musical composition as “an abstract architectural rendering” of buildings in Essex County, many with ties to the Salem witch trials. Wallace, an assistant professor of musicology at the College of Fine Arts, first started researching the commission last fall. He composed five movements over a span of four months, around the Rebecca Nurse House in Danvers, the Nathaniel Felton, Sr., House in Peabody, the House of the Seven Gables (Turner-Ingersoll Mansion) in Salem, the Rev. John Wise House in Essex, and the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

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