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Rising Star Bixby Kennedy, Clarinet, Comes to Essex Winter Series on March 10, 2024



Bixby Kennedy Mika Sasaki

ESSEX, CT –On March 10, clarinetist Bixby Kennedy, who often appears with the New Haven Symphony, will grace the stage for the third EWS concert. Of this very talented emerging artist, Joseph Dalton of the Albany Times Union states, "Admired for his marvelous ringing tone, Bixby Kennedy is one of the most versatile clarinetists of his generation." Joining Bixby at Congregation Beth Shalom in Chester, CT will be pianist Mika Sasaki for a program focused on the vibrant musical scene of the first half of the 20th century.

The season closes on April 7 with a gathering of cream-of-the-crop performers – David Shifrin, clarinet; William Purvis, horn; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Ani Kavafian and Ida Kavafian, violins; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; and Timothy Cobb, double bass – who will showcase Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803. These world-renowned musicians have all appeared on the EWS stage before, most of them at BeethovenFest. Their joy in playing together for that event resulted in the creation of this new group, Essex Octet, so named for performing together through Essex Winter Series. See them at Valley Regional High School.

Concerts begin at 3 pm and all seating is general admission. For tickets and information visit or call 860-272-4572. Adult - $45 / Student (with ID) - $5. For all our venues, parking, entry and seating accessibility is available.

Our 2024 season is generously sponsored by ASP Trust. Concerts are sponsored by BrandTech Scientific, Clark Group, Essex Financial Services, Essex Meadows, Essex Savings Bank, Jeffrey N. Mehler, CFP LLC, and Tower Laboratories. Masonicare at Chester Village is the piano sponsor for this concert and WSHU is the season's media sponsor. We also gratefully acknowledge the support for our mission of concerts and community outreach received in part through grant funding by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Connecticut Office of the Arts/DECD, Connecticut Humanities, Essex Community Fund, Essex Savings Bank Community Investment Program, and The Kitchings Family Foundation

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