Each year, Chamber Music by the Sea strives to introduce internationally acclaimed classical musicians to Eastern Shore communities. This year’s music festival aims to do just that!

The festival will take place August 14-19 in a variety of settings across Berlin and Snow Hill, Maryland. Chamber music concerts will feature ensembles of varying sizes, as well as community engagement activities. Events range from intimate salon concerts in private homes to public concerts. There is even a day of free educational activities and masterclasses for local young musicians!

The roster of festival musicians includes renowned soloists and chamber musicians from the US, UK, and Germany. Violinists Elena Urioste and Bella Hristova, violist Vicki Powell, cellist Guy Johnston, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and pianist Tom Poster are among the performers. Additionally, this esteemed group includes Avery Fisher Career Grant winners, BBC Young Musicians of the Year, and BBC Next Generation Artists. These performing artists and musicians will bring their considerable talents to the Eastern Shore from illustrious venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center to the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall.

As described by the festival’s Artistic Director Elena Urioste, Chamber Music by the Sea is “a completely symbiotic festival. The musicians derive as much joy from the gorgeous scenery and warmth of the local community as the audience does from the world class musicianship infusing Maryland’s Eastern Shore each summer.” The Worcester County Education Foundation is generously sponsoring this year’s festival.

2018 Festival Schedule

  • August 14, 7:00 pm: house concert, Snow Hill
  • August 15, 7:00 pm: house concert, Berlin
  • August 16, 11:00 am: educational activities, Zenna Wellness, Berlin
  • August 17, 7:00 pm: concert at Buckingham Presbyterian Church, Berlin
  • August 19, 7:00 pm: concert at All Hallows Episcopal Church, Snow Hill

Additional details, including ticket and artist information, can be found at www.chambermusicbythesea or www.wced.foundation. To arrange an in-person, telephone, or email interview with Artistic Director Elena Urioste, contact her at ebu@comcast.net.