Barbara McKenzie

Schumann Quartet

Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) was in luck when the German Schumann Quartet took a 3-year residency at Lincoln Center in New York. That made it feasible for CMW Artistic Director, Barbara McKenzie, to to secure this group for a performance in Wilmington: Sunday, November 5 at Beckwith Recital Hall, 7:30pm. 

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Last season, Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) invited Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled to town. The big story then was that Peled was playing Pablo Casals' cello. 

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Many of us have heard that playing Mozart for a baby in utero can help with brain development.  We’ve heard that plants do better when classical music is played vs. hard rock. 

Academy of American Poets

Barbara McKenzie says everyone has a magical NPR moment-when you hear something on NPR that just knocks you off your feet and makes a huge impact on your mind, your heart, even your life. That moment for Barbara came when she heard poet Samuel Menashe on NPR's Weekend Edition. He was being interviewed because he received the Poetry Foundation's Neglected Masters Award. This sent Barbara, a concert pianist, into the world of composing. She composed a song cycle to bring sound to 11 of Menashe's poems. She hadn't composed before-and she hasn't composed since. Hear a short interview with Barbara above and a longer one below, along with her compositions. 

Guest pianist Barbara McKenzie will launch WHQR's new Bach's Lunch series on Friday, March 31st. Whether you're a long time, sophisticated listener or someone looking for a rejuvenating lunch break, you'll enjoy gathering in the WHQR Gallery from Noon-1 to hear Barbara bring the joy and wonder of Bach's keyboard music to life. She'll expose the melodies and mysteries of Bach's G minor English Suite, a series of dances and jigs and share some interesting factoids about the Baroque master. Bring your lunch-we'll have cake and refreshments.

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World-renowned Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled performs in Wilmington on Sunday...and he'll be playing Pablo Casals' cello.  The cello, a 1733 Goffriller, was loaned to Peled by Casals' widow, Marta, about 4 years ago. After seeing (and hearing) Peled play, Marta decided that he was the right musician to bring the cello to life again.  Peled now speaks through this instrument with his own voice. Listen to Amit Peled and Barbara McKenzie from Chamber Music Wilmington talk about the cello above. 

Zorá String Quartet has gathered a great list of achievements in its mere 3 years of existence: the Sander Buchman Award; Friends of Music Concerts Prize; Hayden's Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize; Paramount Theatre Prize; Vancouver Recital Prize; Grand Prize & Gold Medal Winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition-and more. Zorá Quartet kicks off Chamber Music Wilmington's (CMW) season this Sunday, 9/25 with a 3:00 performance at Beckwith Recital Hall. 

The Ariel Quartet at Beckwith Recital Hall

Sep 27, 2015

The "Simply Classical" season presented by Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW) begins Sunday, September 27 at UNCW's Beckwith Recital Hall.  The Ariel Quartet, mentored by Itzhak Perlman since its inception in 1998, is the season-starter,  playing Mozart's Quartet in E-flat Major, Wiesenberg's Between the Sacred and the Profane, and Beethoven's Quartet in A Minor.

"Simply Classical" from Chamber Music Wilmington

Aug 4, 2015

Barbara McKenzie, the Artistic Director of Chamber Music Wilmington (CMW), joined us along with outgoing president Pat Marriott to announce the performers CMW is bringing to Wilmington over the next several months.   

Phil Stine is the incoming president; hopefully, we'll hear from Phil later this season.