Category Archives: Classical

Sun Aug 6 Pacific Crest Student Concert – Free

88f0da_7b07a199bba75cbfae728035c9672b3aStudent artists from across the US and as far away as Europe, Asia, and South America gather in Dunsmuir, CA for an incredibly fun and intensive chamber music experience. Working, rehearsing, and performing alongside the outstanding faculty, The Pacific Crest Music Festival is is truly a unique experience.

On Sunday, August 6th, the students will be performing a Pops!

This is a free public concert. Please arrive early, as the hall fills up quickly!

***Donations are greatly appreciated and go directly towards student artist scholarships.

Sun Mar 18, 2017 – Pianist Svitiana Smaga

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Pianist Svitlana Smaga, formerly of Siskiyou County, will perform Modest Mussorgsky’s famous piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition” on March 18 at POPS Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Dunsmuir.  She will play the ten movements inspired by the 1874 exhibit of paintings by renowned artist Viktor Hartmann. The concert will be enhanced by a slide exhibition of various Hartmann paintings.

Sat Sept 10, 6 pm – Fundraiser Gala Music on the Mountain

The Opening Gala is Music on the Mountain’s primary  fundraiser and will be happening Saturday, Sept 10, 6pm, POPS Cultural Center, 5819 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir. Live music, dinner, auction, no-host bar Tickets: $40 or 2 for $75 at Village Books, 320 N. Mt Shasta Blvd. Or call 530-926-4000Music by the Mountain

Music by the Mountain is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to bringing extraordinary classical musicians to our community and providing educational outreach for children and students of all ages.

Please invite friends and family to a fun evening of food, entertainment, and an auction with great items including tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, ski packages, music lessons, and more. The concert on Sunday will highlight our featured artists this year. And the Vocal Master Class is free on Monday night! Mark your Calendars!

12th Annual Festival September 10 – 12
OPENING GALA:
Saturday, Sept 10, 6pm, POPS Cultural Center, 5819 Dunsmuir Ave, Dunsmuir. Live music, dinner, auction, no-host bar Tickets: $40 or 2 for $75 at Village Books, 320 N. Mt Shasta Blvd. Or call 530-926-4000

CONCERT:
Sunday, Sept. 11, 4pm, Seventh Day Adventist Church, Hwy 89, Mt Shasta. Violinist Kate Stenberg and Pianist Sarah Cahill perform Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and more.
Tickets $20, students $5 at the door or Village Books.

VOCAL MASTER CLASS:
Monday Sept 12, 6-7pm, United Methodist Church, 312 W. Alma, Mt Shasta. Led by Sally Porter Munro. Free event.

Sun, Aug 7, 14, 21 Pacific Crest Classical Music Festival

The Pacific Crest Music Festival for 2016 is happening at Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center in picturesque Dunsmuir. It is a highly intensive international music program in which hand selected students are invited to work, rehearse, and perform alongside the outstanding professional faculty.

PCMF is typically comprised of approximately 10 to 15 students artists, and a faculty of six to eight.  It is this incredible ratio that leads to an extremely personalized and individualized experience for each member.  There will be an incredible group of kids coming this year.  One from Uruguay, three from Japan, and as well as Los Angeles and other young amazing musicians from around the US.

During their stay, the young musicians will work in smaller chamber groups as well as performing in the PCMF Chamber Orchestra.  Each group consists of both student artists and faculty, providing every student artist with an opportunity to experience rehearsals and performances at a professional standard.

This year’s performances will be as follows:

Sunday, August 7, 7 pm – Student Performance, Free Public Event
Sunday, August 14, 7 pm – Faculty Performance, $20
Sunday, August 21, 7 pm – Faculty Performance, $20

Violin Piano Duo, Concert on Jan. 12, 2016

pat-chiaruPacific Crest Chamber Players will be presenting a Violin-Piano Duo Concert “Musical Celebration of the New Year” with violinist Patrick Dalton-Holmes and pianist Chiharu Sai. The event is on January 12 at 7:30 pm. Advanced tickets will be available for $20 online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Door tickets will be $25 for adults and $10 for students under age 25 (at the door only.)

  “I am excited to announce … that Patrick and I will be collaborating…. He is one of the most fantastic violinists I have ever heard and have ever worked with. Very heart-centered musician with formidable technique.” – Chiharu Sai

The evening’s program will be:
Vitali Chaconne
Prokofiev Sonata No. 2
Brahms Sonata No. 1

 

Biographies: 

Patrick Dalton-Holmes, violin

Marked by his expressive power and formidable technique in performance, Patrick Dalton-Holmes has been heard all over the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. He has worked with a number of distinguished conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas and performed with prominent orchestras such as Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as New World Symphony. Presently, Patrick serves as a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra while maintaining an active teaching studio in Indianapolis. He is a faculty member of Pacific Crest Music Festival in Dunsmuir CA where he spends his summer working  with gifted young students from all over the world and performing solo and chamber music.

Patrick has received his Bachelor’s of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and graduate performance degree from University of Michigan. For high school, Patrick was admitted to the highly competitive young artist program at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with William Preucil, the great concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, for a number of years. Patrick has received his Bachelor’s of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music and graduate performance degree from University of Michigan. His teachers include some of the best performers and pedagogues in the United States: Paul Kantor, William Preucil, David Cerone, David Updegraff, Kathleen Winkler, and Peter Salaff.

Chiharu Sai, piano
Selected by Japan’s major newspaper, Mainichi Shinbun, as “One of the 100 People in Tokyo to Represent the 21st Century,” pianist Chiharu Sai performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician, both in Japan and the United States.

Her performances have met wide acclaim for their “great verve and refreshing power” (Chopin Magazine). Ms. Sai’s performance highlights include four concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City including two solo recitals, one chamber music concert with New York Amadeus String Quartet, and one concerto performance with the Carolina Philharmonic conducted by David Michael Wolff.

The renowned critic Harris Goldsmith said of Ms. Sai’s performance of Mozart’s piano concertos, “Ms. Sai proved herself to be a Mozartean of refreshingly unusual potency. She is one of those rarities: an artist who is unafraid to explore the white-hot passion of the Salzburg genius”. Upon hearing Ms. Sai’s performance at Opera City Hall in Tokyo, the music critic Yukiko Hagiya wrote, “This critic wishes that she would cross the Pacific Ocean more often to enthrall the classical music fans of Japan”.

Ms. Sai balances her performance schedule with an active involvement in music education and pedagogy. Since she moved to Mount Shasta from New York City in 2013, she has been teaching piano both at College of the Siskiyous and Southern Oregon University. During the summer, she serves on the faculty at Pacific Crest Chamber Music Festival (www.pacificcrestmusic.com) and tours with Pacific Crest Chamber Players during the year. Another chamber music project she has is her collaboration with Michal Palzewicz as Duo Sapphire in exploring the music written for cello and piano.

Ms. Sai holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Her doctoral dissertation entitled “The Proportional Function of the Cadenza in the First Movements of Mozart’s Piano Concertos” was published by Lambert in Germany. Her debut CD of Chopin’s 4 Scherzi and 4 Ballades was released on King Records of Japan in the fall of 2008. Of this disc, the critic Yoshiko Ikuma noted Ms. Sai’s “deep identification with their celebrated creator’s genius”.

www.chiharu-sai.com

OCT. 21: Taiko Master Kenny Endo Performance

20140523Convergence_038For this special event at Pop’s in Dunsmuir, Kenny Endo will perform with New York based composer and musician, Kaoru Watanabe, who specializes in Japanese shinobue flutes (bamboo transverse flutes) and taiko and Hitoshi Hamada on vibraphone and percussion. See bios below.
Kenny Endo is an internationally recognized master of Japanese drumming and one of the foremost in the field to revolutionize the use of taiko in contemporary compositions.  He is the first American and foreigner to receive a “natori” or “stage name” and master’s license in Japanese classical music.  Master Endo has performed several times in Siskiyou county.  “The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble” last appeared as featured guests for ShastaYama 2014.  Master Endo trained and influenced a new American taiko generation including taiko artists Masato Baba and Shoji Kameda who started taiko as children with Mount Shasta’s Shasta Taiko.

 

Opening the show will be Shasta Taiko’s Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer who will perform original works for saxophone and taiko.  Along with Master Kenny Endo, Jeanne and Russel are recognized for introducing and pioneering American taiko and the performance at Pop’s will be a reunion for these accomplished artists.

 

The show is scheduled for 7 pmWednesday, October 21, 2015. The door charge for this special event is $10.

Biographies of Musicians:

Kenny Endo is a leading artist in contemporary percussion and rhythm. At the vanguard of the taiko genre, he continues paving new paths in this Japanese style of drumming even after forty years as a career taiko player. A performer, composer, and teacher of taiko with numerous awards and accolades, Kenny Endo is a consummate artist, blending Japanese taiko with rhythms influenced from around the world into original melodies and improvisation.

Originally trained as a jazz musician in the Asian American cultural renaissance of 1970s California, Endo began his taiko career in 1975 – first with Kinnara Taiko (Los Angeles) and then with Seiichi Tanaka and the renowned San Francisco Taiko Dojo, the first taiko group outside of Japan. In 1980, Endo embarked on a decade-long odyssey in Japan studying with the masters of hogaku hayashi (classical), matsuri bayashi (festival), and kumi daiko drumming. Endo has the honor of being the first non-Japanese national to be honored with a natori (stage name and master’s license) in hogaku hayashi, and has an M.A. in Music concentrating in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai‘i. Endo’s albums include: ‘Eternal Energy’ (1995), ‘Hibiki’ (1998), ‘Jugoya’ (2000), ‘On the Way’ (2007), ‘Rhythm Summit’ (2010), ‘Honua’ (2010), ‘Convergence’ (2013), ‘Island Breeze’ (2014), and Uncommon Time (2016 release date). Endo has performed as a taiko soloist with the Honolulu Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, percussionist Kiyohiko Semba, the Hawaii Opera Theater, Orquestra Experimental (Brazil), and with American singer Bobby McFerrin, broadening the audience base for taiko. He has performed in Egypt, England, France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, England, Australia, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Bahamas, Bhutan, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, China, Malaysia, India, USSR, and throughout Japan and the United States. Endo maintains an active schedule performing, collaborating, composing, and teaching while also serving as Artistic Director of Taiko Center of the Pacific, a school of traditional Japanese drumming in Honolulu. Working with artists in various genre, Endo has brought a refreshing and creative approach to music through his background in western, ethnic, and traditional Japanese drumming.
www.kennyendo.com

Kenny Endo uses taiko drums provided by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten of Tokyo.

Hitoshi Hamada (vibraphone, percussion)
Born in Hokkaido, Hiroshi Hamada began his life as a performer with the Waseda University Jazz Workshops. An accomplished jazz vibraphonist, Hamada has a Master’s degree in percussion from Tokyo Art University, having studied under Michiko Takahashi and Makoto Ariga. He received much acclaim from his professional debut with the group Takeshi Inomata & Force. As leader of an FM broadcast personalities program, he expanded his network of musicians, opening the door to collaborations. A close friend of Kenny Endo, they have been on several US tours together on top of collaborating some of Endo’s albums. Hamada’s notable records include Fox Dance and Quiet Triangle, and his compositions have received high reviews in Japan. His latest works include Metalution and Minor Resolution, collaborative albums including saxophonist Tatsuya Sato.

Kaoru Watanabe (fue, taiko)
Kaoru Watanabe specializes in the Japanese bamboo and Western flutes, as well as taiko. His music can be best described as an ever-shifting blend of Japanese folk and classical traditions with contemporary improvisational and experimental music. A St. Louis native, Kaoru eventually moved to Japan to pursue his passion. As artistic director for the world-renowned Kodo, Kaoru focused on their world music festival, Earth Celebration, where he directed shows that combined music, dance, and visual arts. Through Kodo, Kaoru worked closely with legendary Kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo. Upon leaving Kodo in 2006, he returned to NY to teach and perform and continue his innovative work by blending conventional Japanese sounds with such instruments as the hurdy-gurdy, tabla, and ngoni.

Friday, 8/7 at 7 pm, Pacific Crest Music Festival Faculty: Free Event

PCM-photo3Performance: Friday, 8/7/15 – 7pm

As a part of Dunsmuir’s Pacific Crest Music Festival, the faculty will provide a performance with Mt. Shasta’s pianist Chiharu Sai. The amazing faculty artists of PCMF will be performing works of Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and more. Read more about the artists here.

The Pacific Crest Music Festival, located in the picturesque town of Dunsmuir, CA, is a highly intensive international music program in which hand selected students are invited to work, rehearse, and perform alongside the outstanding professional faculty.

PCMF is typically comprised of approximately 10 to 15 students artists, and a faculty of six to eight.  It is this incredible ratio that leads to an extremely personalized and individualized experience for each member.

During their stay, the young musicians will work in smaller chamber groups as well as performing in the PCMF Chamber Orchestra.  Each group consists of both student artists and faculty, providing every student artist with an opportunity to experience rehearsals and performances at a professional standard.

 

 

 

 

 

“Heart of Baroque, Soul of Classical” Performance July 22

Duo Sapphire with Cellist Michal Palzewicz and pianist Chiharu Sai
Cellist Michal Palzewicz and pianist Chiharu Sai

July 22  promises to offer an exciting evening of classical music at Pops. “Heart of Baroque, Soul of Classical” will be performed by DUO SAPPHIRE, which includes . Tickets will be $20. Performance will be at 7:30 pm.

Michal Palzewicz, Cello
Brilliant and versatile, Michal Palzewicz has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and in China, both as a soloist and ensemble player. He has performed to a great acclaim at prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC and Wigmore Hall in England. He was a member of the Elsner String Quartet and is currently the principal cellist for the Rogue Valley Symphony. His performance is marked by wide range of colors, strong sense of communication, and great depth of musical understanding.

Among many honors that Michal garnered as a member of the Elsner Quartet are the Saunderson Award at the 52nd Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and the Winner Award of the Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig. As a soloist, Michal has performed with the Juneau Symphony Orchestra, and the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in numerous productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Michal attended Warsaw Conservatory of Music in Poland and the Manhattan School of Music where his quartet was enthusiastically welcomed as artist-in-residence and on a full scholarship. His teachers and mentors include the members of the Amadeus String Quartet, David Soyer, Michael Tree, Hugh Maguire, Robert Mann, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Isidore Cohen.

Chiharu Sai, Piano
Selected by Japan’s major newspaper, Mainichi Shinbun, as “One of the 100 People in Tokyo to Represent the 21st Century,” pianist Chiharu Sai performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician, both in Japan and the United States.

Her performances have met wide acclaim for their “great verve and refreshing power” (Chopin Magazine). Ms. Sai’s performance highlights include four concerts in 2002-2010 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City including two solo recitals, one chamber music concert with New York Amadeus String Quartet, and one concerto performance with the Carolina Philharmonic conducted by David Michael Wolff.

The renowned critic Harris Goldsmith said of Ms. Sai’s performance of Mozart’s piano concertos, “Ms. Sai proved herself to be a Mozartean of refreshingly unusual potency. She is one of those rarities: an artist who is unafraid to explore the white-hot passion of the Salzburg genius”. Upon hearing Ms. Sai’s performance at Opera City Hall in Tokyo, the music critic Yukiko Hagiya wrote, “This critic wishes that she would cross the Pacific Ocean more often to enthrall the classical music fans of Japan”.

Ms. Sai balances her performance schedule with an active involvement in music education and pedagogy. Since she moved to Mount Shasta from New York City in 2013, she has been teaching both at College of the Siskiyous and Southern Oregon University.

Ms. Sai holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Her doctoral dissertation entitled “The Proportional Function of the Cadenza in the First Movements of Mozart’s Piano Concertos” was published by Lambert in Germany. Her debut CD of Chopin’s 4 Scherzi and 4 Ballades was released on King Records of Japan in the fall of 2008. Of this disc, the critic Yoshiko Ikuma noted Ms. Sai’s “deep identification with their celebrated creator’s genius”.

Program for the Evening:

Sonata No. 8 in A Minor RV44 Antonio Vivaldi

I. Largo
II. Allegro poco
III. Largo
IV. Allegro

Sonata No.1 in G Major BWV1027 J.S. Bach

I. Adagio

II. Allegro ma non tanto

III. Andante

IV. Allegro moderato

Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68 David Popper

INTERMISSION

Sonata No. 3 Opus 69 in A Major Ludwig van Beethoven

I. Allegro ma non tanto

II. Scherzo: Allegro molto

III. Andante cantabile

IV. Allegro vivace