full on CMS’ classical calendar
by The Red Rock Review
Music Sedona, now in its 18th season, will continue its outstanding
performances with three concerts in the month of February.
“It is rare that we present such a full plate in one
month,” said Chamber Music Sedona President James V. Pease.
3, CMS presents the V to I Quintet, one of the most distinguished
ensembles on the concert scene today. "These are good
friends who love to make music together," said Pease.
On Sunday, February
17, CMS presents cellist David Finckel (Emerson String Quartet)
and pianist Wu Han in an all-Russian program, beginning at
3 pm. Wednesday, February 20, the extraordinarily popular
George Winston, a solo pianist, makes his Sedona debut in
an 8 pm program.
“Our artistic committee, executive director and board
have set the bar high,” Pease said.
The February 3rd,
V to I Quintet program, will include Quintet in A Major for
Strings and Piano, Opus 81 by Dvorak, Sonata No. 1 in G Major
for Violin and Piano, Opus 78 by Brahms, and a String Trio
by Beethoven to be announced. The concert is sponsored by
St. John Vianney Church and the Danson Family in loving memory
of Ned Danson.
V to I (Five to One) features violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
and Benny Kim, CMS artistic advisor and violist Evan Wilson,
cellist Eric Kim, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.
Salerno-Sonnenberg is among the most dynamic, original
and daring artists on the concert stage today. Her playing
combines brilliant technique, passionate emotions and a perceptive
knowledge of the music, resulting in performances that the
press have heralded as “unexcelled in the concert hall today.”
She has been featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” “60 Minutes II,”
“Nightwatch,” and “Sunday Morning;” NBC’s “Nightly News” along
with several appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny
Carson;” as A&E’s Artist of the Week on “Breakfast with
the Arts with Elliot Forrest;” Bravo’s “Arts & Minds;”
and PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Backstage/Lincoln Center,”
“Charlie Rose,” and “City Arts,” as well as on the PBS/BBC
series “The Mind,” and on the Children’s Television Workshop’s
award-winning “Sesame Street” (PBS).
Benny Kim is an avid chamber musician who devotes much
of his time to performing in numerous festivals around the
world. He has performed at, among others, the festivals of
Aspen, Bravo! Colorado, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from
Angel Fire, Vancouver, Santa Fe, SummerFest La Jolla, Grand
Canyon Music Festival and the Marlboro Music Festival including
performances with Pinchas Zukerman at the Santa Fe Festival.
The Washington Post said, “Kim’s technique was dazzling, but
his emotional depth and music carriage are his real drawing
cards. His is a style that touches the peak of romantic violin
Evan Wilson was appointed principal violist of the Los
Angeles Philharmonic in November 1991, after having served
as a member of the orchestra since 1984. He attended The Juilliard
School of Music, where he played principal viola and also
served as principal with the National Orchestra of New York.
Wilson most recently served as guest principal with the Boston
Symphony Orchestra in the 1994/95 and 1995/96 seasons, during
which time he participated in recordings of music by Bernstein,
Foss, and Ravel for Deutsche Grammophon and Philips with conductors
Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink.
Eric Kim made his solo debut at age 15 with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. He appeared as a soloist with the Juilliard
Orchestra under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on its critically
acclaimed tour of the Far East. He has appeared as soloist
with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Denver, and San
Diego and has collaborated with conductors Zubin Mehta, Jesus
Lopez-Cobos, Lawrence Foster and Sixten Ehrling. As a recitalist
he has been heard in the cities of New York, Chicago, Los
Angeles, and San Francisco. An avid chamber musician, he has
performed with artist including Emanuel Ax, Misha Dichter,
Lynn Harrell, Kathleen Battle, and Philippe Entremont.
Anne-Marie McDermott is known for her “luminous, spontaneous
playing” and her spirited, energetic performances as a soloist
and chamber musician. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at
age 12 and, like many a young professional, has several times
substituted on short notice for ailing musicians, usually
to rave reviews. Her 1997 debut with the New York Philharmonic
also was hailed as an artistic triumph. McDermott has appeared
as piano soloist with the Dallas, St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh,
Atlanta, Phoenix, Seattle, San Diego, New Mexico, Tucson,
Rochester, Chattanooga and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras.
“This program will be a classic,” said Bert Harclerode,
CMS executive director. “The program selections represent
a sense of understanding and appreciation that comes from
the seasoned artist.”
All the programs
will take place at St. John Vianney Church, at 180 Soldier
Pass Road. St. John Vianney Church offers comfortable seating,
free parking, views from its large bay windows - and world-class
chamber music performances - a combination unique in all the
General admission tickets are $18 and reserved $25 and
may be purchased in advance in Sedona at Bashas’, the Worm
Book and Music Store, and in the Village at Rycus’ Corners.
Tickets are also available in Flagstaff at Cedar Music and
in Cottonwood at Planet Video.
information contact Chamber Music Sedona at (928) 204-2415.
Additional information can be found at its Web site (www.chambermusicsedona.org).