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Strings Festival Orchestra: Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla
Strings Festival Orchestra: Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla

Strings Festival Orchestra: Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla
Strings Festival Orchestra
Andrés Cárdenes, conductor and violin
Saturday, June 28, 8:00pm
Tickets start at $55 / jrs $5

MOZART Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48
PIAZZOLLA Four Seasons in Buenos Aires (Cárdenes)

The Classical Season opens with familiar and fiery works for chamber orchestra, led from the baton and solo violin of Music Director, Andrés Cárdenes.

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Strings Festival Orchestra
Andrés Cárdenes, Claude Sim, Kathryn Hatmaker, Boram Kang, Carrie Krause, Yuki MacQueen, Greta Mutlu, Meredith Riley, Andie Springer, Stacey Storer, violin; Karen Dirks, Basil Vendryes, Anne Ainomäe, Katrina Rozmus, viola; Silver Ainomäe, John Eckstein, Alex Greenbaum, Catherine Lehr-Ramos, cello; Tom Zera, Jim Kerrer, bass




6/28/2014
American Songbook:      From Dvořák to Broadway
American Songbook: From Dvořák to Broadway

American Songbook: From Dvořák to Broadway
Wednesday, July 2, 6:00pm
Tickets start at $30 / $5 jrs

David Budway, jazz piano
Maureen Budway, jazz singer
Ross Snyder, Michelle Lie, violin
Megan Mason, viola
Catherine Lehr-Ramos, cello

DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, "American" (Snyder, Lie, Mason, Lehr-Ramos)
"American Songbook": Jazz, Broadway and African-American Spirituals (D. Budway, M. Budway)

Members of the Tesla Quartet, Gold Medal Winner at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, are featured in Dvořák's American String Quartet. Brother and sister jazz duo David and Maureen Budway are award-winning performers who have appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis and Liza Minnelli.

Post Concert Buffet Dinner
Wednesday, July 2, Post-Concert
$25 per person

With the early start time of 6:00pm, you will have plenty of time to enjoy dinner at the Strings Cafe after the concert. 

Menu Items
Salads: Caprese Salad, Citrus Arugula, Caesar Salad
Entrées: Rigatoni Bolognese, Chicken Risotto, Shrimp Puttanesca

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7/2/2014
Post Concert Buffet - July 2
Post Concert Buffet - July 2

Post Concert Buffet Dinner
Wednesday, July 2
$25 per person

With the early start time of 6:00pm, you will have plenty of time to enjoy dinner at the Strings Cafe after the concert. 

Menu Items
Salads: Caprese Salad, Citrus Arugula, Caesar Salad
Entrées: Rigatoni Bolognese, Chicken Risotto, Shrimp Puttanesca

7/2/2014
A Night of Gershwin, Ellington and Jazz with Perry-Mansfield
A Night of Gershwin, Ellington and Jazz with Perry-Mansfield

A Night of Gershwin, Ellington and Jazz with Perry-Mansfield
Saturday, July 5, 8:00pm
Tickets start at $37 / $5 jrs

C Street Brass:
Scott Nadelson, trumpet
Kyle Anderson, trumpet
Eric Damashek, horn
Gabriel Colby, trombone
Hakeem Bilal, bass trombone

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp Faculty:
Tammy Dyke Compton and Christopher Compton

David Budway, jazz piano
Maureen Budway, jazz singer
Michelle Lie, violin

GERSHWIN Five Songs (D. Budway, M. Budway)
VIEUXTEMPS Yankee Doodle Variations, Op. 17 (Lie, D. Budway)
JAN BACH Galop from Rounds and Dances (C Street Brass)
BART HOWARD Fly Me to the Moon (C Street Brass, Perry-Mansfield)
DUKE ELLINGTON In a Sentimental Mood (C Street Brass, Perry-Mansfield)
PORTER STEELE High Society (C Street Brass, Perry-Mansfield)
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue (D. Budway, C Street Brass)

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7/5/2014
An Evening with         Menahem Pressler
An Evening with Menahem Pressler

An Evening with Menahem Pressler
Wednesday, July 9, 6:00pm
Tickets start at $35 / $5 jrs

Menahem Pressler, piano
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Paul Coletti, viola
Desmond Hoebig, cello
Tom Zera, bass

MOZART Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 378 (Cárdenes, Pressler)
SCHUBERT Quintet in A Major, D. 387, Trout (Cárdenes, Coletti, Hoebig, Zera, Pressler)

Strings is honored to welcome back legendary pianist Menahem Pressler, who celebrated his 90th birthday in December. He performs with the youthful energy inherent in these masterpieces of two prodigiously gifted composers: Mozart and Schubert.

Mingle with Menahem at the House Party fundraising event on July 7.

Post Concert Buffet Dinner
Wednesday, July 9, Post-Concert 
$25 per person

With the early start time of 6:00pm, you will have plenty of time to enjoy dinner at the Strings Cafe after the concert. 

Menu Items
Salads: Niçoise Salad, Micro Green Salade with Champagne Vinaigrette, Provencal Tomato
Entrées: Snapper Parisian, Poulet Coco, Potatoes Boulangère

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7/9/2014
Post Concert Buffet - July 9
Post Concert Buffet - July 9

Post Concert Buffet Dinner
Wednesday, July 9
$25 per person

With the early start time of 6:00pm, you will have plenty of time to enjoy dinner at the Strings Cafe after the concert. 

Menu Items
Salads: Niçoise Salad, Micro Green Salade with Champagne Vinaigrette, Provencal Tomato
Entrées: Snapper Parisian, Poulet Coco, Potatoes Boulangère

7/9/2014
Pressler and Friends: Mozart and Dvořák
Pressler and Friends: Mozart and Dvořák

Pressler and Friends: Mozart and Dvořák
Saturday, July 12, 8:00pm
Tickets start at $40 / $5 jrs

Menahem Pressler, piano
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Monique Mead, violin
Paul Coletti, viola
Desmond Hoebig, cello

MOZART Quartet in G minor, K. 478 (Cárdenes, Coletti, Hoebig, Pressler)
STRAUSS Variations on a Bavarian Folk Song for Strings Trio, TrV 109 (Cárdenes, Coletti, Hoebig)
DVOŘÁK Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 (Cárdenes, Mead, Coletti, Hoebig, Pressler)

Menahem Pressler has played with many of the greatest artists in the world during his 70-year concert career. The works performed this evening are among his favorites. The Mozart is perhaps the most famous piano quartet in history. The Dvorak quintet is known for its famous second movement "Dumka," a Czech folk dance.

Mingle with Menahem at the House Party fundraising event on July 7.

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7/12/2014
Wendy Chen on         Steinway D
Wendy Chen on Steinway D

Wendy Chen on Steinway D
Wednesday, July 16, 6:00pm
Tickets start at $33 / $5 jrs

Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Wendy Chen, piano
Sandor Ostlund, bass
Ping:
Chloe Holgate, soprano
Adrienne Lotto, soprano
Bridget McCoy, alto
Garrett Eucker, tenor
Sean Salamon, bass

SCHUBERT Sonatina No. 3 in G minor, Op. posthumous 137, D. 408 (Cárdenes, Chen)
TOM JOHNSON Failing (Ostlund, Chen)
SARASATE (arr. Ostlund) Zigeunerweisen (Ostlund, Chen)
CLÉMENT JANEQUIN La Guerre (Ping, Chen)
COPLAND Old American Songs, Set #1 (Ping, Chen)

Strings new Steinway D concert grand piano is showcased on this program.

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7/16/2014
Turtle Island Quartet
Turtle Island Quartet

Turtle Island Quartet: The Art of the Groove
Saturday, July 19, 8:00pm
Tickets start at $32 / $5 jrs

The Art of the Groove In The Art of the Groove, the Turtle Island Quartet fusesclassical string quartet aesthetic with contemporary American musical styles. This is an evening filled with celebrated jazz compositions by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck, Thelonius Monk, and more, plus some memorable surprises. On a dime they can pivot from classical quartet to jazz combo, complete with a rhythm section. Watch the Grammy-winning members of the Turtle Island Quartet swing and groove at the NPR Music offices in the video below.

 “It’s group string jazz at its finest, not only brilliantly conceived but brilliantly played as well, by master-musicians having a wonderful time with their own wit and humor and imagination.”
~ Sacramento Bee.

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7/19/2014
Seven Composers,      Seven Styles
Seven Composers, Seven Styles

Seven Composers, Seven Styles
Wednesday, July 23, 6:00pm
Tickets start at $33 / $5 jrs

Courtney Hershey Bress, harp
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
David Deveau, piano
Karen Dirks, viola
David Hardy, cello
Kathryn Hatmaker, violin
Daredjan Kakouberi, piano
Gary Levinson, violin
Demarre McGill, flute
Monique Mead, violin
Kimberly Patterson, cello
Ron Samuels, clarinet
Claude Sim, violin and viola
Patrick Sutton, guitar

RAVEL Introduction and Allegro (Bress, Sim, Mead, Dirks, Hardy, McGill, Samuels)
DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT Baroque Flamenco (Bress)
NOVACEK Four Rags (Levinson, Kakouberi)
VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Aria (Patterson, Sutton)
STEPHEN GOSS Jump Start (Patterson, Sutton)
STEPHEN GOSS Fractured Loop from Park of Idols (Patterson, Sutton)
CHOPIN Mazurkas, Op. 68, Nos. 1-3 (Deveau)
CHOPIN Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1, Military (Deveau)
GLIÈRE Octet in D Major, Op. 5: IV. Allegro (Cárdenes, Levinson, Hatmaker, Mead, Dirks, Sim, Hardy, Patterson

This concert features selections by seven unique composers and 14 talented musicians, all in 70 minutes.

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7/23/2014
Strings Festival Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker
Strings Festival Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker

Strings Festival Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker
Strings Festival Orchestra
Andrés Cárdenes, conductor and violin
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
Saturday, July 26, 8:00pm
Tickets start at $70 / $5 jrs

WEBER Overture to Oberon
GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (Parker)
DVORAK Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From the New World

Strings Festival Orchestra
Gary Levinson, Charles Stegeman, Kathryn Hatmaker, Boram Kang, Carrie Krause, Yuki MacQueen, Greta Mutlu, Sarah OBoyle, Meredith Riley, Claude Sim, Rachel Stegeman, Stacey Storer, violin; Karen Dirks, Aloysia Friedmann, Katerina Istomin, Katrina Rozmus, viola; David Hardy, John Eckstein, Catherine Lehr-Ramos, Kimberly Patterson, cello; Tom Zera, Joel Reist, bass; Demarre McGill, Cathy Peterson, flute; Cathy Weinfield, Jim Gorton, oboe; Ron Samuels, Abby Raymond, clarinet; Elise Wagner, Karl Vilcins, bassoon; Peter Rubins, Jena Gardner, Audrey Good, Joseph Rounds, horn; Dan Kuehn, Brian Brown, trumpet; Bron Wright, Gregory Harper, trombone; Paul Naslund, bass trombone; Gary Ofenloch, tuba; Leonardo Soto, timpani, Sergio Carreño, percussion

Please join us after the concert for a farewell party in honor of Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead at the Strings Café.


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7/26/2014
Calder Quartet
Calder Quartet

Calder Quartet
Wednesday, July 30, 6:00pm
Starts at $32 / $5 Jrs

The Calder Quartet’s repertoire showcases their musical curiosity and dedication to expressing a composer’s true intention. Recently called “the representative quartet for the 21st century” (Santa Barbara Independent), the Calder’s devotion to tradition is flavored with a fascination for the new. Their program, specially designed for us at Strings, will showcase their most beloved, traditional repertoire.

“Tuesday’s concert by the superb Calder Quartet showed that the time-honored string quartet format still provides fertile ground for innovation and surprise in the hands of imaginative, skillful creators.”~
The New York Times

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7/30/2014
Cliburn Piano Medalist: Sean Chen
Cliburn Piano Medalist: Sean Chen

Cliburn Piano Medalist: Sean Chen
Wednesday, August 6, 6:00pm
Tickets start at $40 / $5 jrs

Sean Chen is the 2013 Cliburn Crystal Medalist and the first American to win a prize in that competition since 1997. Winning over fans at the Cliburn competition with his “exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post), Mr. Chen brings to the stage a dynamic combination of exceptional technical prowess, delicate expression and powerful emotion.

“The young Mr. Chen has it all: power, nuance, character and poetry.”~ 
  Peninsula Reviews

“Chen put on quite a pyrotechnical display, blazing through this fiendishly difficult music with technical precision and fiery emotion.””~ ArtsNash

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8/6/2014
Quincy Jones Presents: The Emily Bear Jazz Trio
Quincy Jones Presents: The Emily Bear Jazz Trio

Quincy Jones Presents: The Emily Bear Jazz Trio
Saturday, August 9, 8:00pm
Tickets start at $32 / $5 jrs

A gifted pianist and composer, Emily Bear has written more than 350 pieces for the piano. She’s recorded six albums, performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall, and is mentored by music legend Quincy Jones. And she’s 12.
The Emily Bear Jazz Trio’s repertoire highlights Ms. Bear’s remarkable command of the keys. Moving seamlessly from jazz to classical to salsa, the trio weaves her original compositions with widely-known works for a spell-binding evening.

 “I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights that she can reach.”
~ Quincy Jones


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8/9/2014
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