2013 Summer Festival

July 25-Aug 3—our 18th season!

PROGRAM

 

2013 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival Artists
A message from our artistic director, Kevin Krentz (click to read...)

Our ten-day summer festival includes five major concerts, plus other events held around the Methow Valley region. Here we are, relaxing around the fire pit after a concert. Come join us.

Summer's day at Signal Hill Ranch

Welcome to our 18th season! This year I have continued to refine the qualities that have made the festival so popular as a musical experience created for both the neophyte as well as the seasoned chamber music lover.

Though the festival often features younger players, this year the festival’s first weekend will showcase lauded veterans of the chamber music festival scene. Virtuoso violinist Paul Rosenthal, a student of the great Jascha Heifetz, will perform some of his favorite pieces with some of his favorite musicians. Roland Kato, principal viola of the well-known Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Armen Ksajikian, associate principalof the same orchestra; and Agnes Gottschewski, a long-time chamber music partner with Rosenthal, will present some of the most ravishing chamber music ever penned, including the work of Sergey Taneyev, astudent of Tchaikovsky’s—and possibly the greatest Russian composer you’ve never heard of.

Many music historians believe Taneyev was simply lost to the ill fates of his placement in history, even though his music is a blend of the rich intelligence of Brahms and the great passionate depths of Tchaikovsky.With crowd favorite Craig Sheppard joining the string players for piano quintets by Mozart and Taneyev, the sparks are sure to fly. Paul will be bringing his great Guarneri “del Gesù,” created by the most famous violinmaker after Stradivari. In fact, many famous violinists, including Paganini, preferred Guarneri’s instruments.

The second half of this year’s festival features many of the familiar faces who bring so much energy to the stage as well as introducing a few new personalities. Highlights include the return of sweet and soulful dynamo Yuri Namkung, who will lead all eight string virtuosos in the monumental Octet by George Enescu. Following a rousing standing ovation for his six-minute work from last summer (search YouTube for “Toy Bricks”), the crossover power-cellist Paul Wiancko will present a full three-movement work for string quintet in a workshop performance at the festival this summer.

French HornFor a change of color, the fantastic newly appointed principal horn of the Seattle Symphony, Jeffrey Fair, will lead the amazing Brahms Horn Trio—a piece many list as their favorite piece of chamber music—in a performance that is sure to delight.

This year the festival will also be bringing in a Fellowship String Quartet of college students from Seattle University. These students will be immersed in the intense atmosphere of professional performing artists of the highest level and will prepare concerts within a compressed schedule. The students will rehearse in the same building to facilitate regular coaching and lessons with the artist faculty, and will also have the opportunity to be flies on the wall in this rarefied environment. When they are not practicing and rehearsing, the quartet will be performing throughout the valley and coaching students in the local Pipestone Summer Music Camp.

The Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival’s innovative programming and wide appeal have made it a summer must for many in the Northwest. With my additional experience with rock and roll, Broadway, and barbershop, I feel passionately that a great concert must speak to the heart, head, eyes, and stomach—as well as to the ears. The spectacular venue; local beers, wine, and food; charismatic performers; and programs that are virtuosic, funny, intense, and gorgeous are all designed to please you, our honored guests. Welcome and enjoy the show!

Full artist biographies...

 

Thursday, July 25

9:00 a.m. — Open rehearsal at Signal Hill Ranch

The public is invited to attend our open rehearsals where you can watch the music being prepared.

6:00 p.m. — Grounds open (menu by Rocking Horse Bakery)

6:30 p.m. — Pre-Concert Lecture, Dave Beck

7:30 p.m. — Center-Stage Concert, hosted by Dave Beck
( program notes | artist bios )

Requiem for Three Cellos and PianoDavid Popper (1843 - 1913)

Kevin Krentz, Paul Wiancko, Armen Ksajikian, Craig Sheppard

Minimax (Repertoire for Military Orchestra 'Minimax')Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963)

  • Armeemarsch 606. Der Hohenfürstenberg
  •    (Military March 606. The Hohenfürstenberg)
  • Die Beiden Lustigen Mistfinken. Charakterstück, Solo für 2 Pikkoloflöten
  •    (The Two Merry Rogues. Character Pieces, Solo for Two Piccolos)

Paul Rosenthal, Agnes Gottschewski, Roland Kato, Armen Ksajikian

String Quartet No. 3Sergey Taneyev (1856 - 1915)

  • Allegro
  • Theme and Variations: Andantino grazioso

Agnes Gottschewski. Paul Rosenthal, Roland Kato, Armen Ksajikian

       ——— Intermission ———

La GitanaFritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)

Melodie from "Orfeo ed Euridice" (Dance of the Blessed Spirits)Gluck, arr. Kreisler (1875 - 1962)

Tambourin chinoisFritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)

Paul Rosenthal, Craig Sheppard

Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478W. A. Mozart

  • Allegro
  • Andante
  • Andante
  • Rondo: Allegro Moderato

Paul Rosenthal, Charles Noble, Paul Wiancko, Craig Sheppard

Saturday, July 27

9:00 a.m. — Open rehearsal at Signal Hill Ranch

6:00 p.m. — Grounds open (menu by Rocking Horse Bakery)

6:45 p.m. — Pre-Concert lecture on the Night Sky by David Ward

Weather permitting, David may have his telescope available after the concert.

7:30 p.m. — Center-Stage Concert, hosted by Dave Beck
( program notes | artist bios )

Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano Op. 19Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943)

  • Andante

Kevin Krentz, Natalya Ageyeva

Minimax (Repertoire for Military Orchestra 'Minimax')Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963)

  • Alte Karbonaden: Marsch
  •    (Old Pig Shoulder Cutlets: March)
  • Lowenzahnchen An Baches Rand: Konzertwalzer
  •    (Little Dandelions by the Side of the Creek: Concert Waltz)

Paul Rosenthal, Agnes Gottschewski, Roland Kato, Armen Ksajikian

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

  • Allegro
  • Menuetto
  • Trio: Allegretto
  • Adagio ma non troppo
  • Adagio
  • Allegro

Agnes Gottschewski, Paul Rosenthal, Charles Noble, Roland Kato, Paul Wiancko

       ——— Intermission ———

Piano Quintet in G Op. 30Sergey Taneyev (1856 - 1915)

  • Introduction
  • Scherzo
  • Largo
  • Finale

Paul Rosenthal, Agnes Gottschewski, Roland Kato, Armen Ksajikian, Craig Sheppard

Sunday, July 28

2:00 p.m. — Free Community Concert at the Twisp Park

Fellowship Quartet

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a concert along the river. All are welcome, especially families with children, to this matinee. Hosted by Dave Beck.

This concert has been made possible in part by a grant from the Twisp River Suites.

Monday, July 29

5:00 pm — Free Community Concert at Sun Mountain Lodge

Fellowship Quartet

Tuesday, July 30

9:00 a.m. — Open rehearsal at Signal Hill Ranch

6:00 p.m. — Grounds open (menu by Rocking Horse Bakery)

6:30 p.m. — Pre-Concert Lecture, Sean MacLean

7:30 p.m. — Center-Stage Concert, hosted by Sean MacLean
( program notes | artist bios )

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20Pablo de Sarasate (1844 - 1908)

Serena McKinney, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough

Minimax (Repertoire for Military Orchestra 'Minimax')Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963)

  • Ouvertüre Zu "Wasserdichter Und Vogelbauer"
  •    (Overture to Water Poet and Bird Cage)
  • Ein Abend An Der Donauquelle: Intermezzo Fur Zwei Entfernte Trompeten
  •    (An Afternoon in the Danube: Intermezzo for Two Distant Trumpets)

Yuri Namkung, Jing Wang, Mara Gearman, Kevin Krentz

String Quartet #5 (1991) Philip Glass (1937 - )

  • Movement 1
  • Movement 2
  • Movement 3
  • Movement 4
  • Movement 5

Jing Wang, Serena McKinney, John Stulz, Paul Wiancko

       ——— Intermission ———

String Sextet No.1 in B flat Major, Op. 18Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

  • Allegro ma non troppo
  • Thema con Variazioni: Andante, ma moderato
  • Scherzo:  Allegretto molto
  • Rondo:  Poco Allegreto e grazioso

Serena McKinney, Yuri Namkung, Mara Gearman, John Stulz, Paul Wiancko, Kevin Krentz

Wednesday, July 31

5:00 pm — Free Community Concert at Mazama Store 6:00 pm

Thursday, August 1

9:00 a.m. — Open rehearsal at Signal Hill Ranch

6:00 p.m. — Grounds open (menu by Rocking Horse Bakery)

6:30 p.m. — Pre-Concert Lecture, Verne Windham

7:30 p.m. — Center-Stage Concert, hosted by Verne Windham
( program notes | artist bios )

Élégie for Horn and PianoFrancis Poulenc (1889 - 1963)

Jeff Fair, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough

String Quartet No 23 in F, K. 590, ('Prussian, No 3')W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791)

  • Allegro moderato
  • Allegretto
  • Menuetto: Allegretto
  • Allegro

Serena McKinney, Yuri Namkung, Mara Gearman, Paul Wiancko

       ——— Intermission ———

FratresArvo Pärt (1935 - )

Yuri Namkung, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough

Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

  • Andante. Poco più animato
  • Scherzo: Allegro
  • Adagio mesto
  • Finale: Allegro con brio

Jing Wang, Jeff Fair, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough

Friday, August 2

5:00 pm — Free Community Concert at Lost River Winery 5:30 pm

Saturday, August 3

9:00 a.m. — Open rehearsal at Signal Hill Ranch

6:00 p.m. — Grounds open (menu by Rocking Horse Bakery)

7:30 p.m. — Center-Stage Concert, hosted by Verne Windham
( program notes | artist bios )

Piano Quartet for Violin, Two Cellos and Piano (Workshop Performance)Paul Wiancko (1983 - )

Yuri Namkung, Paul Wiancko, Kevin Krentz, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough

Piano Trio in AMaurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)

  • Modéré
  • Pantoum: Assez vif
  • Passacaille: Très large
  • Finale: Animé

Brittany Boulding, Kevin Krentz, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough

       ——— Intermission ———

String Octet In C Major Op. 7George Enescu (1881 - 1955)

  • Très Modéré
  • Très Fougueux
  • Lentement
  • Mouvement De Valse Bien Rythmé 

Yuri Namkung, Serena McKinney, Brittany Boulding, Jing Wang, Mara Gearman, John Stulz, Paul Wiancko, Kevin Krentz

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Thanks for your interest in the Festival!

Methow Music Festival Association, aka Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by grants, donations, dedicated volunteers, and sponsors. Without donations the festival would not exist. Your support, in its many forms, is more than appreciated, it is essential. Thanks very much!

Board of Directors
Sandy Mackie, President
Michael Real, Vice-President
John Ehrenberg, Treasurer
Dave Chantler
Carolyn Cilek
Howard Johnson
Carolanne Steinebach
Advisory Board
Karen Edwards
Sue Betts
Sonya Campion
David Ebenger
Dick and Nancy Gode
Gerry Sparling
Lynette Westendorf
Irmgard and Herbert Wimberger
Executive Director
Jennifer Epps

Donors

We would like to acknowledge and thank all the donors to the festival, without whose support we would not be able to continue the tradition of world-class music in this most beautiful place we all love. It is never too late – or too early – to support the arts! Support our festival

Rocking Horse Bakery of Winthrop, WA Icicle Fund Lost River Winery in Winthrop, WA Methow Valley Fund Twisp River Pub Methow Valley News Michael Brady, (509) 996 5002 North Cascades National Bank in Twisp, WA National Endowment for the Arts Okanogan County Perkins Coie of Seattle, WA The NEW Twisp River Suites Hotel Washington State Arts Commission Betti Foundation Bart Bradshaw, CPA The Floyd Company of Twisp, WA KTRT The Root Radio in Winthrop, WA

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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