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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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