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4/23/2012 9:03:00 AM
Sinfonietta closes out season with Emerging Artist concert
Keith Buncke
Keith Buncke

The Verde Valley Sinfonietta will celebrate the close of its current season with their perennially favorite Emerging Artist concert showcasing the talents of an up and coming young artist on April 28-29. This year's artist is bassoonist Keith Buncke hailing from Lake Oswego, Ore.

Both concerts take place at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church on Dry Creek Road in Sedona located off of Highway 89A. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Saturday evening or 2:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon concert are $15 for adults and students aged 18 and under are free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Bashas' in Sedona, Weber's IGA in the Village of Oak Creek or Planet Video in Cottonwood.

The concert program will start with Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings that demonstrates the strength of the Sinfonietta's string sections. This serenade amply showcases Tchaikovsky's gift of melody and includes a famous waltz that concert-goers will easily recognize and enjoy.

Emerging artist Buncke will solo in the Mozart Bassoon Concerto. Mozart delighted in writing for every instrument of the orchestra and the bassoon concerto perfectly captures the spirit of fun associated with the instrument. This particular piece of music also has a beautiful slow movement that demonstrates the bassoon's ability to play lyrical passages.

The final piece in the concert will be Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, one of his most powerful works. Originally named for Napoleon Bonaparte whom Beethoven admired greatly for a time, Beethoven withdrew the title and renamed the work Eroica when Napoleon declared himself Emperor. The symphony has many facets and covers a huge range of emotions, including a Funeral March for a slow movement, and a hunting-style Trio for French Horns. The last movement is a set of variations. The symphony is justly popular and the Sinfonietta is looking forward to presenting this large-scale work to close the concert.

The April concerts feature two of the Sinfonietta's most popular Outreach Programs for children and their families. On Thursday, April 26th, the Kids Concert Club is available to school age children and their parents. As part of this program, a free light supper is included as well as talks and a question and answer period with Emerging Artist Keith

Buncke and Music Director, David Cripps. Cripps will then conduct the Sinfonietta in rehearsal and families may stay and enjoy the music in an informal atmosphere, as long as young attention spans permit. Contact info@VerdeValleySinfonietta.org for reservations as space is limited and reservations are required.

During the April 28 evening performance, Sinfonietta again hosts the honor string students from the Sedona Charter School in a short performance within the orchestra. This unique opportunity gives young musicians an empowering experience performing alongside professional musicians, which enables them to better understand the importance of practice, timing and performing live with an audience.

Emerging Artist, Keith Buncke currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia studying with Daniel Matsukawa. He attended the Interlochen Arts Academy High School from 2009 - 2011, where he performed Vivaldi's Concerto in E minor with the Interlochen orchestra as a winner of the concerto competition. He also competed in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in May 2011 with his chamber music trio from Interlochen Arts Academy. He was selected to participate in the prestigious Young Arts Week in Miami in January 2011 and was a semifinalist for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts award. While a high school sophomore in Portland, Oregon, Buncke performed Weber's Andante and Hungarian Rondo in May 2009 as a winner of the MetroArts Young Artists Debut Concerto Competition. Buncke has attended many summer music festivals, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute from 2008 to 2010 and the Aspen Music Festival in 2009. He will attend the Sarasota Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center as a bassoonist this summer. Buncke has enjoyed collaborating with Chamber Music Northwest, in trios with David Shifrin and David Hattner, bassoon quartets with Milan Turkovic, Julie Feves, and Mark Eubanks, and as a Young Artists Fellow. His major teachers have been Eric Stomberg, Mark Eubanks, and Lyle Dockendorf.

Sunday's concert will be followed by the annual fundraising Soiree for the Sinfonietta that includes a buffet supper at the signature Sedona home of Walter and Sandy Krywucki. An integral part of the Soiree will be a musical interlude performed by Keith Buncke in this intimate setting. Reservations for the Soiree are limited and for the second year in a row, the Soiree has sold out within two weeks of invitations being mailed. For advance notice of this and other future Sinfonietta events, please e-mail info@VerdeValleySinfonietta.org to be put on their mailing list.

For more information, please visit the Sinfonietta website at www.Verdevalleysinfonietta.org. Visit the Sinfonietta's Facebook page and become a friend.

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