Music at Eden’s Edge, the North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble concert June 22nd

Music at Eden’s Edge (MEE), the North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble, will present its June concert, A World at Our Fingertips, on Saturday June 22 at 8 pm the First Universalist Church of Essex as part of its 2013 Concert Series – MEE’s 32nd season of beautiful music. The program features the world premiere of Martin Boykan’s Viola Sonata, MEE’s New Music at the Edge for 2013, written for MEE’s violist Mark Berger, who will premiere this exciting piece with pianist Naoko Sugiyama. This performance is framed on one side by music of Mozart and Debussy, each work highlighting MEE performers, and on the other side by the passionate and exuberant Brahms G Minor Piano Quartet.

The program:

Martin Boykan                         Sonata for Viola and Piano (2012) (written for Mark Berger, World Premiere) – New Music at the Edge 2013

Claude Debussy                       Sonata for Cello and Piano

Johannes Brahms                      Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart      Duo in G Major, K. 423, for Violin and Viola

The artists:
Mark Berger, Viola; Maria Benotti, Violin; Lynn Nowels, Cello; Naoko Sugiyama, Piano
Saturday, June 22, 8:00 pm

First Universalist Church of Essex, 57 Main Street , Essex

General Admission $20, Seniors $18, Students $15, Family $55
Call (978) 270-4463 or order tickets online at

About Martin Boykan and MEE’s New Music at the Edge

Since 1992, MEE has frequently commissioned and premiered new works as part of its mission, making official its commitment to support and encourage the performance and creation of new music. MEE’s New Music at the Edge for 2013 will be presented in June, with the world premiere of Martin Boykan’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, written for Mark Berger, MEE violist and composer, who will perform this work.

Widely regarded as one of America ’s important classical composers, Martin Boykan is well known for his chamber music as well as compositions for larger ensembles, song cycles for voice and piano, and choral music, and has written for a wide variety of instrumental combinations. He studied composition with Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston, and piano with Eduard Steuermann. A Professor Emeritus of Music at Brandeis University , he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City , in 2011.

About Music at Eden’s Edge

Founded in 1982, MEE ( has come to represent the highest standards of musical performance artistry as well as a strong dedication to community outreach. Its annual Concert Series, which runs from June through September, features extraordinary musical artists performing in some of the area’s most beautiful and distinctive settings.  MEE is known for creative programming that ranges from the Baroque period to innovative 21st century compositions, and for concerts that combine rarely performed works with more familiar and traditional pieces in the chamber music repertoire. For more information, contact MEE at (978) 270-4463 or visit

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