Mother’s Day celebration with Mozart set for May 8


The Florida Chamber Music Project will be celebrating Mother’s Day with Mozart and more on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at the Beaches Museum Chapel in Jacksonville Beach.


The program begins with American composer Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum: Music for Strings.”


Her work salutes American folk music and interweaves classical music with the spirit of dance and movement. Montgomery is one of the most relevant interpreters of 21st Century American sound and experience.


Mozart’s “String Quartet in B Flat Major, K 589” is part of what is referred to as the Prussian Quartets. They were dedicated to Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II. The King was an amateur cellist, so Mozart favored the cello in this work.


Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom’s “Three Rags for String Quartet” will also be part of the program.


Bolcom taught at the University of Michigan for 35 years. His interest in rags led him to write three pieces for the piano and collaboration with Eubie Blake. He wrote the rags in the early 1970s and then they were arranged for string quartet in 1989.


“Once again we are excited to present new music to our audience along with old favorites,” FCMP Artistic Director Susan Pardue said. “We think it will be a great program to celebrate mothers.”


Beaches Museum Chapel is wheelchair accessible and has free parking along Pablo Avenue near 4th Street north of Beach Boulevard. Guests are required to wear masks.

The Florida Chamber Music Project was founded nine years ago by Pardue. Joining her are fellow violinists Patrice Evans, Siyu Zhang and Ann Hertler and cellist Laurie Casseday. All are members of the Jacksonville Symphony.

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