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New Season, New Experiments. Open Mic Classical Oct 16th, 2016 - Report

A new season, new experiments.

It is grant season, and we are working very hard, applying for new grants for our new season. With your support, and the Brewster, Harwich, Orleans Cultural Councils’ support we’ve successfully run two seasons so far. Open Mic Classical started in March 2015, and we have had 14 events since. We touched the life of many classical musicians, of all levels and all ages. Our community is growing, and people keep returning to perform again and again - something we hoped would happen and now it does!

Our first OMC event of our 3rd and new season was held on October 16, 2016.

As an experiment: without a featured performer. And it went really great.

Here are some of the highlights:

Janet Atherton, clarinetist, joined our event for the first time. She recently retired from teaching music for 25 years, and she finds Open Mic Classical to be a great way to keep playing music. She joined Monika Woods for some very interesting, unusual clarinet duets, and there are planning more for the future.

Larry Chaplan* (violin) and Eli Woods (piano) started their collaboration after they met at our Open Mic Classical in June, 2016. They connected in a musical area which both of them were experimenting before, but never at this level, something unusual in the classical world: Classical Music Improvisations. It is a new experiment, it is unique, and you really have to hear it to appreciate it!

Jim Skinger, guitarist, is not new to our Open Mic Classical, but he keeps mesmerizing us with his abundance of his own compositions. His newest, Elegy, which he shared with us at Open Mic Classical, is dedicated to his guitarist friend Ron Moore from Glasgow, Scotland. And as always there is an interesting story behind.

(* Larry Chaplan recently had some of his original compositions heard in the new glamorous HBO tv series "Vinyl" created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and featuring Mick's son James Jagger.)

So to all: thanks again / please come again / please spread the word from valley to hilltop so our wonderful Cape Classical Community can continue to evolve and intertwine on our roads less traveled.


Are you a doctor with a classical horn habit, an orchestra member who misses playing in small ensembles, or a choir member who would like to be heard? Are you an aspiring young student who doesn't ever get a chance to play with a pianist, but would like to develop your performing skills? Or a composer eager to try out your newest work?

Dust off your flugelhorn, oil your keys, drink your raw egg, and come share your talent in an intimate and casual atmosphere.

Classical musicians of all ages and levels are welcome. Pianist on site is available to accompany you.

“Open Mic Classical” is brought to you by clarinetist Mónika Woods (winner of the Cape Symphony's 2013 Soloist Competition), and Robert Marcus representing First Parish Brewster UU, with Lucy Banner as collaborative pianist.


3rd Sunday of the Month at 3:00 pm

(sign up at: 2:45 pm)



Admission: Suggested Donation $5 (for featured guest musicians and rent)

Whether you are an amateur musician, performing artist, fan of classical music, volunteer, venue or business seeking to sponsor a cause, please contact us.

For more information please contact Bob Marcus (508-945-0832 or, or Mónika supported in part by

Woods (web:

This program is a grant from the Brewster Cultural Council, Harwich Cultural Council, and Orleans Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Other Sponsors: Canary Burton at, Eli Woods & Co, Monika Woods at

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