Join us November 18 for the next RESONANCE concert: Michelle Humphreys and the Towson University Percussion Ensemble at St. Paul's Parish, Kent. 
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Percussionists add melody to the beat at

RESONANCE concert Nov. 18

Can a group of percussionists – and percussionists alone – make real music? Music that pleases the ear?

Yes, says Michelle Humphreys, director of the Percussion Ensemble of Towson University and National Music Festival Percussion Mentor. She and 15 young professional musicians will demonstrate that percussionists do more than keep the beat in a fireside concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at St Paul’s Parish, Kent, 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd., Chestertown.

“Many people never have a chance to hear a percussion concert except on a college campus. And most people who’ve heard one for the first time are amazed at the sonic variety,” Humphreys said. With both a marimba and a vibraphone among the instruments, there is no shortage of melody. Further, some listeners will catch melodic phrases in the less tonal instruments, such as tom-toms, maracas, claves and bongos, she said.

In addition to a cozy fire, complimentary light refreshments (homemade cookies, apple cider, and fresh goat cheese!) will be available at intermission. The afternoon performance is the second in the 2018-19 RESONANCE series presented by the National Music Festival. The series spotlights small groups in an intimate setting, often including musicians such as Humphreys who serve as mentors during the two-week summer festival that takes place in Chestertown each June.

The concert will also bring two members of the ensemble home to the Eastern Shore; Humphreys is a native of Salisbury and musician Haley Harbaugh hails from Grasonville.


Single tickets are available for this, and other RESONANCE concerts, at $20 each; tickets for children and students are $5 each. (Please be prepared to show a school ID for students over the age of 14.) Single tickets are available by clicking here.

A RESONANCE Pass is $100. Click here to purchase yours now!

Best Value: A National Music Festival Combination Pass ensures admission to all RESONANCE concerts and all ticketed events of the two-week, 2019 National Music Festival, June 2 – 15, 2019. Click here to purchase!

You may also purchase your Passes or single tickets by mailing a check to:
National Music Festival
P.O. Box 284
Chestertown, MD 21620
(Please be sure to note that your check is for Passes or tickets.)
Single tickets will also be available at the door for each RESONANCE concert.

Next up...
The Kassia Music Collective will bring us a great program in the new year. NMF Violin Mentor Elizabeth Adams is a part of this ensemble.
Sunday, January 13, 3pm

Thank you St. Paul's!

We are immensely grateful to Saint Paul's Parish, Kent for hosting the RESONANCE series this season! Performances are a pleasure in St. Paul's beautiful Parish Hall. 

RES.O.NANCE /ˈre-zə-nəns/ Noun: the quality in a sound of being deep, full, and reverberating … a quality of richness or variety.

RESONANCE concerts feature intimate, solo and small ensemble performances, presented by the National Music Festival.

“RESONANCE keeps the energy of our summer National Music Festival going year-round with high-quality performances by nationally known and regional artists,” said Caitlin Patton, NMF executive director. Now in its third season, RESONANCE was formerly known as Kent Chamber Music.

Other highlights of the season include a performance on February 17 by violist Miles Hoffman, founder and artistic director of the American Chamber Players. Hoffman is also author of The NPR Classical Music Companion: "An Essential Guide for Enlightened Listening," and a popular, long-time music commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition.

After the new year, the series will continue with:

January 13* — Kassia Music Collective ~ string quartet (including NMF Violin Mentor Elizabeth Adams) plus clarinet

February 17* — Miles Hoffman ~ viola, American Chamber Players

March 24*  — Karen Slack ~ soprano, international opera singer

April 28 — Gwen Krosnick ~ cello, Oberlin, NMF Cello Mentor

* = Fireside Concert (there will be a fire in the fireplace and refreshments at intermission!)

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