8/19/2013 2:03:00 PM Red Rocks Music Festival: Four-concert series begins Saturday with 'From Bach to Blues'
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What: Red Rocks Music Festival
When: Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 1 and 8
Where: Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Road and Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
Cost: $18-$28 Festival special: $65 for 3 Sedona Creative Life Center concerts.
More info: www.redrocksmusicfestival.com 877-733-7257
Red Rocks Music Festival presents four sizzling summer concerts Aug. 24 and 31 and Sept. 1 and 8.
The festival will kick-off Saturday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at the Sedona Creative Life Center with the program "From Bach to Blues" with concert violinist Elmira Darvarova.
Ms. Darvarova was the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Orchestra of New York and currently is President and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival.
The program will include works by Bach and Piazzolla, six Arizona, three world and one American premiere.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m., at the Sedona Creative Life Center, legendary violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi will lead festival artists in "Souvenir de Florence," a sextet by Tchaikovsky. Mr. Ashkenasi, formerly of the famed Vermeer Quartet, performs and teaches worldwide and is on the faculty of the Curtis Music Institute and Bard College.
The program starts with the Piano Quartet no.1 by Mozart performed by husband and wife, Teresa and David Ehrlich. Mr. Ehrlich was first violinist of the Audubon String Quartet and currently is a Fine-Arts outreach fellow at Virginia Tech.
He and his wife, Teresa, teach and perform in Virginia and worldwide. Father and son, violist Rami Solomonow and cellist Ben Solomonow will join in the Mozart performance.
Mr. Solomonow is a viola professor at De Paul University in Chicago and Ben won numerous music competitions. Shmuel Ashkenasi and Teresa Ehrlich will perform romantic pieces by A. Dvorak, for violin and piano.
On Sunday, Sept. 1, 3 p.m., at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, festival artists will collaborate with Desert Dance Theatre in a performance of "Transfigured Night" by A. Schoenberg. This romantic work is based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, which will be read by popular entertainer and actress Shondra Jepperson.
Jazz Suite by C. Bolling will create a contrast in this very special presentation. Other musicians in the program include: cellists, Thomas Landschoot, - ASU professor and Jan Simiz - assistant principal, Phoenix Symphony, Concert Violist, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, who performed solo with the Phoenix Symphony, Andria Fennig - piano and Christina Steffen - flute, faculty of Mesa Community College, Fred Marderness - percussion, Phoenix Symphony and Steve Anderson - bass, Symphony of the Southwest.
The festival will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m., Sedona Creative Life Center with a performance of sisters and Steinway artists Yuki & Tomoko Mack.
The program includes, "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin and selections by S. Barber, A. Piazzolla and Japanese children songs.