Cape May Music Festival

MAY 29-JUNE 16, 2016

Celebrating 27 years of bringing beautiful music to Cape May, the Cape May Music Festival presents classical, chamber, jazz and more each year.

Atlantic Brass Band

Sunday, May 29: 8pm

Cape May Convention Hall

Beach Avenue Stockton

The Atlantic Brass Band, under the baton of Salvatore Scarpa, presents a program of rousing American music, the perfect finish to the Memorial Day Weekend.


New York Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, May 31: 8pm

 Episcopal Church of the Advent

“The Virtuoso Harp in The Music of France”
Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director
Stacy Shames, soloist
At the heart of French chamber music you will find some of the most beautiful pieces written for the harp in combinations with strings and flute. Saint-Saens, Debussy and Faure will be highlighted in this magical concert of French chamber music masterpieces.
Ibert:     Trio for violin and flute and harp       

Jongen:     Deux Pieces en Trio, for flute,

          cello and harp    
Faure:     Morceau de Concours          

Saint-Saens:    The Swan             

Debussy:    String Quartet   


General Admission $20; 

Senior $15; Student $5

Traditional Irish Music

Thursday, June 2: 8pm

Cape May Convention Hall

Deirdre Reilly’s warm, engaging style, powerful voice and dynamic stage presence have made her one of the top entertainers in Irish music today. With fans from Los Angeles to Dublin, Deirdre is a hit with audiences of all ages no matter where she goes.


Champagne Jazz Brunch

Sunday, June 5, 10am

Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May

7 Ocean St.

Linger over a Sunday morning champagne with live jazz from The Great American Songbook, featuring Mary Lou Newnam, saxophone, clarinet and flute, accompanied by Sonny Troy. CLICK HERE to hear a past performance.

Tickets $35

The Jōst Project

Sunday, June 5: 8pm   

Cape May Convention Hall

714 Beach Ave.

Tickets: Adults $25; Seniors $20; Students: $10

The four members of The Jōst Project have long histories in jazz but the driving force behind them is the rock and folk music that they were weaned on. Their declared aim is to draw the baby boomer generation of rock fans into the orbit of jazz. The Jōst Project is essentially a jazz quartet that applies the physics of swing and bebop to rock and pop tunes.

Watch these two YouTube links:

Can’t Find My Way Home

Walk This Way

New York Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, June 7: 8pm

 Episcopal Church of the Advent

“Jewish Roots from Klezmer to Mendelssohn”
Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director

The many facets of Jewish music will be explored from Klezmer to Mendelssohn in this dynamic concert featuring the virtuosi of the New York Chamber Ensemble.
Klezmer selections
White:    String Trio             

Mendelssohn:     Song Without Words             

Dvorak:    Quintet Op. 77in G Major


General Admission $20; 

Senior $15; Student $5

Bay-Atlantic Symphony

Thurs., June 9: 8pm

First Presbyterian Church
Hughes & Decatur Streets
with Director Jed Gaylin 
General Admission $25; Senior $20; Student $10

"The Brandenburgs Are Coming"

Johann Sebastian Bach--Brandenburg Concertos 2, 3, 4, and 5

The Brandenburg concertos sat in a desk drawer for years and were only discovered 99 years after Bach's death.  Today they are some of the most popular works ever written.  They are something of an auditory signature for Bach, loved by performers and audiences for their richness, power, beauty, and brilliance.  We feature four concertos conducted by Music Director Jed Gaylin and a vast array of Bay Atlantic soloists for this annual performance at the intimate First Presbyterian Church of Cape May.

The 5th Annual George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert 

Sun., June 12: 8pm

Cape May Convention Hall

“May the Music Never End”

Under the direction of Barry Miles

Singers and instrumentalists look back with love on their musical partnerships with George Mesterhazy as they perform many of his arrangements, and look ahead to maintaining George’s and MAC’s tradition of bringing world class jazz to the wonderful community of Cape May music lovers.

General Admission $25; Senior $20; Student $10

Become one of George’s Angels

MAC will once again provide the core funding for the Tribute Concert, but we hope to raise $7,000 for additional musicians, related expenses and original orchestrations. We are seeking these additional funds from donors who we'll call "George's Angels". You may become one of George's Angels by making a tax deductible donation to MAC of $25 or more. In return, you'll receive one or more tickets to the George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert, plus an invitation to a post-show reception where you can mingle with the artists and fellow Angels. Such a deal!

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players

Tuesday, June 14: 8pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

Franklin Avenue & Washington Street

New Jersey ‘s premier wind quintet returns to the Festival for another program from the classical repertoire.

General Admission $20; Senior $15; Student $5

Soprano Wonjung Kim

New York Chamber Ensemble

Thursday, June 16: 8pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

“Italian Favorites”
Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director
Wonjung Kim, soprano
Lester Lynch, baritone
Presenting the richness of the Italian repertoire featuring selected arias for baritone and mezzo-soprano from La Bohème coupled with treasures from the chamber repertoire for flute, violin and cello by Vivaldi, Albinoni and Respighi.
Puccini:    Arias from La Bohème
Vivaldi:     Sonata in E Minor F. XIV, No. 1 for cello and piano    
Von Weber:    Trio for flute, cello and piano         
Albinoni:    Adagio for cello and piano         
Respighi:     Violin Sonata in B minor


General Admission $20; Senior $15; Student $5

Purchase tickets online or at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street or at the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St. at the Carriage House or the Hill House Office.CLICK HERE for Information Booth and Carriage House hours of operation.  Hill House is open daily, 9am-5pm (except most winter weekends, when it’s open Saturdays only 9am-2:30pm). 

Bach’s Lunch

Wednesdays, June 1, 8 & 15: 12:30pm

at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom

 on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate

1048 Washington St.
Featuring members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony in an intimate afternoon concert.

Cape May Music Festival

Venues 2016

Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave.

Several Festival concerts are presented in Cape May Convention Hall. The building is located on the beachfront Promenade which can be accessed by ramp or stairs from street level. Adjacent accessible parking is clearly marked. There is a drop-off area directly in front of the building. Metered parking is available along Beach Avenue and adjacent streets. There is another ramp and stairs from the Promenade to reach the entrance of the building. The building is modern with self-opening doors and accessible restrooms. All seating on the floor is movable and wheelchairs can easily be accommodated. There is also bleacher seating available.

First Presbyterian Church, Decatur & Hughes Sts.

The First Presbyterian Church is the site of the Bay Atlantic Symphony concert. The church is on the building’s upper level and can be accessed from a staircase on the Decatur St. side. There is an elevator available on the side of the church by the parking lot. There is limited free parking in the church lot and more metered parking available on adjacent streets. The church is historic and provides amphitheater type seating. All seating is fixed but there are areas which can accommodate wheelchairs.  There is an accessible restroom available on the upper level and an additional restroom on the lower level of the church.

Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington and Franklin Sts.

The Episcopal Church of the Advent is the venue for the chamber concert component of the Festival. This church is a historic building.  All seating is fixed but there are areas which can accommodate wheelchairs. The entrance to the building is on Washington St. with both stairs and a compliant ramp available for guests. There is one accessible restroom in the church and several more available in the Parish Hall directly behind the church on Franklin St. Parking is available on adjacent streets, some metered and some free.

Carriage House Café & Tearoom, Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St.

Located at the Emlen Physick Estate, the Carriage House Café & Tearoom offers intimate, open air seating for 50 under its patio tent. The patio is paved with brick pavers and is easily accessible through the Carriage House Shop. All seating is movable and wheelchairs can be accommodated easily. Accessible restrooms are located in a building a short distance from the Café. This is the venue for Bach’s Lunches.

Aleathea’s Restaurant, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. (corner of Beach Ave.)

Aleathea’s Restaurant is located in the Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St. This is a Victorian era hotel on the beachfront. The restaurant, with a capacity of approximately 100, is located on the hotel’s first floor and is accessible from the street both by stairs and a non-compliant ramp. All seating is movable and wheelchairs can easily be accommodated. An accessible restroom is located off the lobby. There is free parking available for guests directly across Ocean St. in the hotel lot and metered parking on adjacent streets. The Jazz Brunch is held at Aleathea’s Restaurant.



 MAC Members receive a 

$3 discount on all single ticket purchases.

 No discounts available on Bach’s Lunches

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