BERLIN — On Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., Rackliffe House Trust will present an evening of chamber music at the Buckingham Presbyterian Church in downtown Berlin.
The event will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Elena Urioste (violin), Benjamin Beilman (violin), Matthew Lipman (viola), and Nicholas Canellakis (cello), performing a program of classical chamber music with an American theme. Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 for children under 12 and are on sale now online at www.rackliffehouse.org and at The Atlantic Hotel (Berlin), Dazzle (Ocean Pines), and The Dunes Manor (Ocean City).
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the continued restoration and community program development of historic Rackliffe Plantation House near Assateague Island.
“We are delighted to partner with violinist Elena Urioste, who has family roots here, and her colleagues to create a special evening of chamber music for the community,” said Carolyn Cummins, president of the Rackliffe House Trust. “Chamber music is an up-close and personal music experience, and we are thrilled to be able to share the evening with our Eastern Shore neighbors and guests.”
Urioste said, “It has long been a dream of mine to bring a chamber music series to Berlin, Md., and through this diverse, thoroughly enjoyable program, we look forward to beginning a beautifully symbiotic relationship between classical music and the people of Berlin. At the same time, we are delighted to come together in support of Rackliffe House
and its mission to show-and-tell the history of colonial Eastern Shore life. When various art forms converge the impact of each is made even greater, and we are so excited to share our art
form with such an historic, charming place.”
The Friday evening public concert will be preceded by a donor event on Wednesday, August 24 at the Isle of Wight Bay home of Kathy and Mark Clark. Urioste and cellist Canellakis will play a program of violin/cello duos. A champagne and dessert reception will provide patrons with the opportunity to meet and converse with the musicians and fellow attendees. A limited supply of 60 tickets ($100 each) are available at www.rackliffehouse.org.
For accomplished young string players, a free master class will be conducted by Urioste on Thursday, Aug. 25. The location and time of the class will be determined based on participation.
For more information and to register, contact [email protected].
Rackliffe House is a notable 18th century plantation house overlooking Sinepuxent Bay, recently restored and furnished to tell the story of the early seaside merchant-planters life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Berlin historic home is managed by The Rackliffe House Trust, a private non-profit foundation, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Rackliffe House Chamber Music in Berlin sponsors include Kathy and Mark Clark of Monogram Realty; Taylor Bank; Bank of Ocean City; BSC America; Worcester County Tourism; Worcester County Arts Council; Rebecca and Leighton Moore; Anonymous; Bunting Realty; and Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy and Almand, P.A. Funding for this event is in part provided by the Worcester County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.