Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival presents

2019 Midwinter Classics

           The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival presents 2019s Midwinter Classics, a concert series featuring music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, and a new work by composer-in-residence Max Stoffregen.

            Pianist and festival director Ian Scarfe will be joined by violinist Rachel Patrick and cellist Charles Akert for this set of concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Redding and Eureka in Northern California, and the Oregon towns of Bandon and Salem.

            A native of Fairbanks, Alaska, Charles Akert has an impressive resume in various musical genres. He has toured with the indie-rock band The Family Crest, including appearances on NPR's Tiny Desk concert, and he was a member of the Nexus Quartet, who have performed in Carnegie Hall and were the first prize winners of chamber music's Fischoff Competition. Violinist Rachel Patrick has an equally impressive career, with appearances with orchestras across the United States and Europe, and several acclaimed recordings under her belt.

            The trio will offer a program that showcases the different instruments throughout various eras, beginning with two collaborative Sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven. The early Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat is a brilliant example of the young Beethoven showing his flashy and virtuosic style, with generous melodies and a dash of drama. The much later Cello Sonata, No. 4 in C Major, shows Beethoven creating a spellbinding narrative by twisting the traditional forms to meet his needs, requiring a much more compact and psychologically intense struggle from the musicians.

            The musicians will come together to present two trios, the first a new work by the festival's composer-in-residence Max Stoffregen, inspired by time living and hiking in the scenic Trinity Alps, and the second the dramatic wartime epic by Dmitri Shostakovich.

            Shostakovich's Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 67 was written shortly after the Second World War, when the Soviet composer had seen horrific violence and lost some of his dearest friends and partners. The music holds closely to classical forms, but tells a painful tale through Russian and Jewish folk melodies, woven into a virtuoso texture. “This is one of the most memorable works of the 20th Century, every performance I have ever given or heard has been a powerful one,” says pianist Ian Scarfe.

            The concerts will begin on Saturday, January 19th at the Sound Room, a jazz club in Oakland California, and on Sunday, January 20th at a house concert in San Francisco.

            The festival will perform at Old City Hall in downtown Redding on Saturday, January 26th at 7:30pm, and at the Morris Graves Museum in downtown Eureka on Friday, February 8th at 7:00pm.

            Visiting the great state of Oregon, the musicians will visit the Sprague Theater in Bandon at 7:00pm on February 9th, and will perform at the Salem Public Library at 2:30pm on Sunday, January 10th.

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Schedule Events:

Saturday, January 19, doors 7:00pm, music 8:00pm

The Sound Room – Oakland, CA

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Sunday, January 20, doors 6:00pm, music 6:45pm

Marina Groupmuse – San Francisco, CA

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Saturday, January 26, 7:30pm

Old City Hall - Redding CA

Open to the public, Suggested Donation $20 per person

Friday, February 8, 7:00pm

Morris Graves Museum of Art - Eureka, CA

Open to the public, Suggested Donation $20 per person

Saturday, February 9, 7:00pm

Sprague Theater - Bandon, OR

Open to the public, Suggested Donation $20 per person

Sunday, February 10, 2:30pm

Salem Public Library – Salem, OR

Open to the public, Suggested Donation $20 per person

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