2013 Concert Schedule:
The 33rd Anniversary Yachats Music Festaval will take place July 12 - 14 at Yachats , Oregon . The Yachats Music Festival is the summer festival of California-based Four Seasons Concerts. Music Festival concerts are scheduled at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 West 7th Street in Yachats.
Friday July 12th – 8:00pm
Saturday July 13th – 8:00pm
Sunday July 14th – 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Highlights of each concert are:
Friday, July 12 - 8:00 PM
This evening opens with the “presto” movement of Haydn’s String Trio in G (violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violist Ayn Balija, cellist Elaine Kreston), followed by a set of Handel arias: Alma mia by baritone Anthony Turner, Piangero la sorte mia by soprano Alison Buchanan and Si tra I ceppi by baritone Robert Sims (pianists David Sigal, Gerry Hecht, Paul Hamilton). The guzheng will add its unique tones with David Wong playing the ancient melody “Wild Geese Descending upon the Sandbank” followed by baritone Autris Paige (pianist Dennis Helmrich) singing Dvorak’s beautiful “God is my Shepherd,” based on the 23rd Psalm. Baritone Thomas Buckner (pianist Joseph Kubera) will then sing Charles’ Ives rendering of the traditional hymn “Abide With Me.” The first half closes with violist Ayn Balija (pianist Jeongeun Yom) playing Johann Hummel’s Fantasia for Viola and Piano, Op. 94.
The second half opens with Celtic harpist Portia Diwa playing her own “Moon Shadows” followed by Rafael LeBron (pianist Dennis Helmrich) singing the haunting “L’Invitation au voyage” by Duparc and tenor Cornelius Johnson (pianist Paul Hamilton) singing the well-known “Widmung” by Robert Schumann. Jeanne Stark offers the beautiful Chopin Ballade No. 1. A set of Spanish inspired songs follows with flutist Marco Granados(pianist Dennis Helmrich) playing one of three tangos by Exequiel Mantenga, Rafael LeBron (violinist David Burnett and pianist Gerry Hecht) singing the favorite “Serenata” by Toselli, soprano Ilya Martinez (pianist Gerry Hecht) offers a zarzuela aria from Fernandez Caballero’s Chateau Margaux, and flamenco guitarist Rene Heredia performs his arrangement of Granadinas. The evening closes with Leon Bates playing the second movement of Beethoven’s “Pathetique” Sonata following by the annual Time of Dedication, honoring past Music Festival participants with Anthony Turner singing the Spiritual “Oh, Glory” and Marco Granados adding the plaintive “Going Home” from Dvorak’s “From the New World” Symphony.
Saturday July 13 - 8:00 PM
Violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport (pianist Jeongeun Yom) opens the evening with the second movement of Strauss’s Violin Sonata Op. 18. Soprano Ilya Martinez (pianist Gerry Hecht) follows with the beautiful Salome’s aria “Il est Doux, il est bon” from Massenet’s Herodiade and tenor Cornelius Johnson (pianist David Sigal) sings the favorite “La Donna e’mobile” from Verdi’s Rigoletto. Flutist Marco Granados (pianist Dennis Helmrich) follows with the heart-rending “Mon Coeur s’ouvre à voix” from Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah. Rafael LeBron (pianist David Sigal) then offers the powerful “Nemico della patria” from Giordano’s Andrea Chenier and soprano Alison Buchanan (pianist Gerry Hecht) sings “Addio, mio dolce Amor” from Puccini’s Edgar. A change of pace takes us to the guzheng solo of the folk melody “Dance of the Yi Tribe” played by David Wong. The first half ends with Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 3 played by Leon Bates.
Flamenco guitarist René Heredia opens the second half with his “Farruca” and violinists Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and David Burnett are joined by pianist David Sigal playing the “Waltz” from Shostakovich’s 5 Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano. Anthony Turner (pianist Joseph Kubera) follows with the lively “Zaza, piccolo zingara” from Leoncavallo’s Zaza, followed by violist Ayn Bulija (pianist Dennis Helmrich) playing the second movement of Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata. Celtic harpist adds “Immeasurable Space” and baritone Autris Paige (pianist Paul Hamilton) sings Burleigh’s “Oh, Didn’t It Rain” followed by Lena McLin’s duet arrangement of “Hold Out Your Light” with soprano Alison Buchanan and baritone Robert Sims (pianist Paul Hamilton). The evening closes with the beautiful Chopin Ballade No. 2 performed by pianist Jeanne Stark.
Sunday July 14 - 2:00 PM
Celtic harpist Portia Diwa opens the afternoon with “Sunrise” followed by two songs by African composer Fred Onovwerosuoke – Ngulu (Kamba Lullaby) and Healing Dance sung by soprano Alison Buchanan (pianist Paul Hamilton). Pianist Joseph Kubera then offers “Fences, in Three Tragedies” by contemporary composer Stuart Saunders Smith following by tenor Cornelius Johnson (pianist Paul Hamilton) singing H. Leslie Adams’ “Creole Girl.” Flamenco guitarist Rene Heredia plays the haunting “Inca Fantasy” and soprano Ilya Martinez and baritone Rafael LeBron (pianist David Sigal) sing the well-known “Jurame” by Mexican composer Maria Grever. Baritone Rafael LeBron will return with Rene Heredia to perform Lorca’s “Sevillanas de siglio XVIII.” Robert Sims (pianist Paul Hamilton) will sing Ravel’s “Chanson Romanesque” and “Chanson a boire” followed by violist Ayn Balija (pianist Jeongeun Yom) playing a tango by Enrique Delfino and violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport (pianist Jeongeun Yom) playing Dvorak’s Romantic Piece, Op. 75, No. 3.
Pianist Milo Graamans opens the second half with his beautiful rendering of Scott Joplin’s “Gladiolus Rag” followed by Tom Buckner, flutist Marco Granados and pianist Joseph Kubera performing “Listen to the Mockingbird.” Baritone Autris Paige (pianist Gerry Hecht) follows with Copland’s “At the River” and guzheng player David Wong offers the folk song from southern China “Winter Ducks Playing in the Water.” Next the lively country dance/jig “Sir Roger De Coverly” written for string quartet by Frank Bridge (flutist Marco Granados, violinist David Burnett, violist Ayn Balija, cellist Elaine Kreston) will be followed by Celtic harpist Portia Diwa and baritone Anthony Turner performing the Robert Burns poem and traditional Scottish tune “Ca’ the Yowes.” Closing the afternoon is violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and pianist Leon Bates playing “Intoxication” from Four Rags for Violin and Piano by John Novacek.
Sunday July 14 - 8:00 PM
Sunday night opens with the mesmerizing “Piano Trio Variations, Op. 44” by Beethoven with pianist Dennis Helmrich, violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and cellist Elaine Kreston. Robert Sims follows with Handel’s beautiful “Ombra mai fu” and tenor Cornelius Johnson sings John W. Work’s “Soliloquy.” Soprano Alison Buchanan (pianist Jeongeun Yom) offers William Grant Still’s “Little Black Slave Child” from Troubled Island and baritone Anthony Turner (pianist Gerry Hecht) sings the sorrowful “Tixo, Tixo Help Me!” from the Kurt Weill/Maxwell Anderson musical Lost in the Stars. Celtic harpist plays “Love’s Lament” and pianist Jeanne Stark closes the first half of the evening with Chopin’s “Ballade No. 3.”
Baritone Autris Paige (pianist David Sigal) opens the second half with Vaughan-Williams’ beautiful love song “Silent Noon” followed by guzheng player David Wong playing “Dance of the Yao Tribe.” Thomas Buckner (pianist Joseph Kubera) sings contemporary composer Bun Ching Lam’s setting of poems by Percy Shelley entitled “Last Love Songs.” Flutist Marco Granados (pianist Jeongeun Yom) plays the third movement of Taktakishvili’s Sonata for Flute and Piano and cellist Elaine Kreston collaborates with pianist Leon Bates in the fourth movement of Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata. Soprano Ilya Martinez and baritone Rafael LeBron (pianist Gerry Hecht) sing the duet “Para comprar a un hombre” from Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda and flamenco guitarist plays Sabicas’ “Garratin.” The evening closes with the second movement of Taneyev’s Piano Quintet with pianist Leon Bates, violinists Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and David Burnett, violist Ayn Balija and cellist Elaine Kreston followed by the closing chorus – “Va pensiero” from Verdi’s Nabucco sung by all the artists and directed by Rafael LeBron.
Festival Patrons ($140. for the entire Festival) are invited to a Thursday evening reception with the artists, all four concerts, and four daytime seminars. A Membership package ($85.) includes the Thursday evening reception and all four concerts.
For information about the Festival Patron, please contact Joanne Kittel at 541-961-8374 or email@example.com.
The Yachats Music Festival is dedicated to the memory of its founder, Dr. W. Hazaiah Williams, who conceptualized and began the Festival in Yachats in 1981.
Individual, general admission tickets at $19.00 for each concert can be purchased at the Yachats Visitor’s Center (541-547-3530 or 800-929-047), the Adobe Resort (541-547-3141) -- all located in Yachats and tickets are available online. For further information, call Joanne Kittel at 541-961-8374 or Four Seasons Arts at 510-845-4444, and the Yachats Music Festival web site.
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Artists performing during the three-day Festival are:
Ayn Balija, Violinist
Leon Bates, Pianist
Alison Buchanan, Soprano
Thomas Buckner, Baritone
David Burnett, Violinist
Portia Diwa, Celtic Harp
Milo Graamans, Student Pianist*
Paul Hamilton, Pianist
Dennis Helmrich, Pianist
Gerry Hecht, Pianist
Rene Heredia, Flamenco Guitarist
Cornelius Johnson, Tenor
Elaine Kreston, Cellist
Joseph Kubera, Pianist
Rafael LeBron, Baritone
Ilya Martinez , Soprano
Autris Paige, Baritone
David Sigal, Pianist
Robert Sims, Baritone
Anthony Turner, Baritone
David Wong, Guzheng player
Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, Violinist
Jeongeun Yom, Pianist