Cape May Music Festival

May 26-June 14, 2019


Celebrating 30 years of bringing beautiful music to

Cape May, the Cape May Music Festival presents classical, chamber, jazz and more each year.

Musicians from the Bay Atlantic Symphony perform during a Bach's Lunch.

Bach’s Lunch

Wednesdays, May 29,

June 5 & 12 : 12:30pm

at the Carriage House

Café & Tearoom

 on the grounds of the 

Emlen Physick Estate

1048 Washington St.

Enjoy a delicious tea luncheon followed by a mini-concert featuring members of the Bay Atlantic Symphony. Limited to 50.

Tickets $35. Reservations required

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). 


for information about the

Cape May Music Festival educational outreach program

Mary Lou Newnam plays at the Champagne Jazz Brunch.

Champagne Jazz Brunch

Sunday, June 2, 10am

Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May

7 Ocean St.

Enjoy a leisurely brunch while Mary Lou Newnam on saxophone, clarinet and flute and Sonny Troy on guitar perform selections from the Great American Songbook.  

Tickets $35

Tickets are sold through

the Inn of Cape May,


New York Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, June 2: 7pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director

“Best of Baroque” 
 Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030: J.S. Bach 
 Trio Sonata in D Minor, HWV 381: Georg Frederic Handel
 French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: J.S. Bach 
 Trio in B-flat Major, TWV 42 B-1: Georg Philipp Telemann
 Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Violin 
  and Continua, FaWV N:Bl: Johann Friedrich Fasch 

General Admission $20; 

Senior $15; Student $5

New York Chamber Ensemble director Eliot Bailen.
Paula Johns performs at th Cape May Music Festival.

Paula Johns
Tuesday, June 4: 8pm

Willow Creek Winery

Motivated by a lifetime love of this material, the fabulous Paula Johns is equipped with experience from a career of emotional and flawless R&B, pop, jazz and classical singing. In her new show, she  presents “A Tribute to Dionne Warwick & The Music of Burt Bacharach” with The Dave Hartl Quartet.

General Admission $25; 

Senior $20; Student $10

Bay Atlantic Symphony

Thurs., June 6: 8pm

First Presbyterian Church

Director Jed Gaylin


Bay Atlantic Symphony Principal Flutist and baroque specialist (Carmel Bach Festival) Kimberly Reighley joins us for High-Flutin’, a program of great verve and passion. Bach’s Second Suite is a flute concerto, with some of the most exquisite and memorable dance expressions of the Baroque. Written at age 16, Mendelssohn’s high-octane Octet has been been praised as miracle of 19th-century writing.

  • Mendelssohn: Octet

  • Intermission

  • Foote: A Night Piece

  • Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2


General Admission $25;

Senior $20; Student $10

Director Jed Gaylin leads the Bay Atlantic Symphony.

The 8th Annual George

Mesterhazy Tribute Concert 

Sun., June 9: 7pm

Cape May Convention Hall

Come Rain or Come Shine

Under the direction of Barry Miles

This year, musical director Barry Miles and the George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert musicians explore classic songs that will surely brighten your day!


General Admission $25;

Senior $20; Student $10

A tribute concert honors popular local pianist George Mesterhazy.

Become one of George’s Angels

and help produce “Come Rain or Come Shine,” Sunday, June 9

Click the “Donate Now” button to buy your concert ticket(s) by making a tax deductible contribution to MAC of $25 or more.  Your donation will be earmarked to pay for additional musicians, related expenses and original orchestrations.  In return, you'll also get an invitation to a pre-show rehearsal brunch at Convention Hall, AND a post-show reception at the Merion Inn where you can mingle with the artists and fellow Angels. Such a deal!

MAC Members

receive a $3 discount on

all single ticket purchases.

 No discounts available on Bach’s Lunches or June 14 "Musical Desserts!" performance

The Cat's Pajamas

Tuesday, June 11, 8pm

Cape May Convention Hall

A Cappella

Since 2005, this five-person group has toured nationally and abroad and has brought their unique, high energy brand of a cappella to hundreds of thousands. They have been featured on Next Great American Band, America's Got Talent and season 3 of NBC's The Sing-Off.


The Cat's Pajamas perform in a free a cappella concert at the Music Festival.
New York Chamber Ensemble director Eliot Bailen.

New York Chamber Ensemble
Thursday, June 13: 8pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director


“Back to Basics: Mendelssohn & Mozart”
  Featuring Mendelssohn’s last major work, 
  Op. 80 for string quartet

 Quartet for Flute and Strings in A Major:  W.A. Mozart
 Three Preludes for Lancelot:  Rosy Wertheim
 String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80:  Felix Mendelssohn

General Admission $20; 

Senior $15; Student $5


Friday, June 14: 5pm

Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom

1048 Washington St.

Musical Desserts!

An encore performance by members of the New York Chamber Ensemble caps off this year’s Cape May Music Festival. Enjoy great music and light refreshments in the casual comfort of the Carriage House Café & Tearoom.  Wine available for purchase from Cape May Winery. Limited to 50 people.


Advance reservations necessary

Tickets:  $20 Adults / $15 Members /

$5 Students under 18

Atlantic Brass Band:

Sunday, May 26

New York Chamber Ensemble:

Tuesday, May 28

Bach's Lunch:

Wednesday, May 29

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players:

Thursday, May 30

Champagne Jazz Brunch:

Sunday, June 2

New York Chamber Ensemble:

Sunday, June 2

Paula Johns:

Tuesday, June 4

Bach's Lunch:

Wednesday, June 5

Bay Atlantic Symphony:

Thursday, June 6

George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert:

Sunday, June 9

The Cat's Pajamas:

Tuesday, June 11

Bach's Lunch:

Wednesday, June 12

New York Chamber Ensemble:

Thursday, June 13

Friends of the Music Festival:

Friday, June 14


Atlantic Brass Band

Sunday, May 26: 7pm

Rotary Bandstand, Lafayette & Decatur Sts.

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. The performance will be moved inside to Cape May Convention Hall if the weather is uncooperative.


The Atlantic Brass Band performs.

New York Chamber Ensemble
Tuesday, May 28: 8pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

Eliot Bailen, Artistic Director

“Chamber Jazz” 
with Ted Rosenthal & Eddie Barbash

 Warm Valley: Duke Ellington    
 Better Days Better Nights: Chris Parker    
 Libertango: Astor Piazzolla
 Duos for Flute and Saxophone:
  Andante from the Magic Flute: W.A. Mozart
  Porgi Amor from the Marriage of Figaro 
  Come Dolce All’ Alma Mia: Gioachino Rossini              Andante and Allegro from Barber of Seville
 Excerpts from the opera “Dear Erich:” Ted Rosenthal  
 Featuring Eddie Barbash:
  Crying: Roy Orbison
  Blueberry Hill: Vincent Rose
  Mariachi: Eddie Barbash
 Sunny Side Up/South Side Samba: Ted Rosenthal


General Admission $20; 

Senior $15; Student $5

New York Chamber Ensemble director Eliot Bailen.

Cape May Music Festival 

Venues 2019

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 Avenue)

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.

Willow Creek Winery

160-168 Stevens St.,

West Cape May

Just a a short drive from the center of Cape May, Willow Creek is a working farm, vineyard and winery and offers vineyard vistas and gardens for strolling. A half mile from the entrance on Stevens St., beyond the architecturally stunning Villa, lies the impressive hand-carved, post-and-beam Winery building surrounded by a beautiful outside brick patio. There is a drop off area, accessible parking and accessible restrooms. All parking is free. All seating is movable and wheelchairs can easily be accommodated.


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players
Thursday, May 30: 8pm

Episcopal Church of the Advent

“Viennese Blends”
Sinfonia VII from Concentus Musico-
  instrumentalis, op. 1: Johann Josef Fux
 Adagio and Allegro in f minor, KV 594: W.A. Mozart
 Quintet in E-flat major, op. 4: Ludwig van Beethoven 
 Humoreske (Rondo): Alexander von Zemlinsky
 Serenade fur Blaserquintett: Karl Pilss
 Ein Strauss von Strauss: Johann Strauss I & II

General Admission $20; 

Senior $15; Student $5

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