Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival Announces August Concerts

Trinity County’s quickly growing arts organization, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, will be continuing its expanded third season, with seven public concerts during the month of August. All performances are free and open to the public – no reservations required. Come join us for dramatic classics by masters such as Mozart and Beethoven, outdoor celebrations in the woods and by the river, and special events for kids and families featuring Peter and the Wolf.

Classical Masterpieces: Mozart and More
Thursday, August 1, 7:00pm
Hyampom Community Hall, Hyampom, CA
Classcial Program: Mozart – String Quartet K. 590 | Granados – Piano Quintet | Barber – Summer Music, Op. 31 | Mozart – Adagio and Fugue in C Minor | Copland – Hoe-Down from Rodeo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart only lived to the age of 35, but in that short lifetime created a stunning amount of music, nearly all of it is among the world’s best. During his lifetime he was most famous for his operas and symphonies, but he wrote dozens of exciting and intimate pieces of chamber music for trios, quartets, and quintets of all kinds of musicians.  This program will feature his String Quartet K. 590 in D Major, the last of his many quartets, and among the most playful and virtuosic works he wrote.  This is paired with Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, a work that suggests all the drama and seriousness of Mozart’s greatest operas.

This program will showcase the new piano in the Hyampom Community Hall, with Spanish composer Enrique Granados’ exciting and passionate Piano Quintet in G minor.  Samuel Barber’s Quintet “Summer Music, Op. 31” will feature the festival wind players. Written in 1953, it is a work that evokes at times the hot languid summer days in the mountains, and at times the excitement of summer fun in the outdoors.

The program will end with a timeless classic – American composer Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from his wild and footloose ballet “Rodeo”.

Peter and the Wolf
Friday, August 2, 7:00pm
Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, Weaverville, CA
Kids and Family Concert: Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

The story of Peter and the Wolf has delighted children for ages, and the musical setting by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev truly brings it to life.  Each character in the story is played by one of the instruments of the orchestra – Peter by the violins, his Grandfather by the bassoon, the Bird by the flute, the Cat by the clarinet, the Duck by the oboe, and the fearsome Wolf by the horn. This performance will feature a special arrangement of Prokofiev’s masterpiece commissioned by the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival from composer Stephen Kahn, whose work “Redbud Peeks” was premiered in Trinity County in the spring of 2012.  Originally for a full orchestra, this arrangement for five string instruments and five wind instruments brings this magical work to an intimate chamber ensemble.

Classical Masterpieces
Saturday, August 3, 7:00pm
Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, Weaverville, CA
Classical Program: Mozart – String Quartet K. 590 | Granados – Piano Quintet | Barber – Summer Music, Op. 31 | Mozart – Adagio and Fugue in C Minor | Copland – Hoe-Down from Rodeo

Join us for a repeat performance of these classical masterpieces.

Peter and the Wolf – Outdoor Concert
Sunday, August 4, 4:00pm
Indian Creek Lodge, Douglas City on Highway 299 east of Weaverville
Kids and Family Concert: Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

Bring your own chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to the second of this summer’s outdoor Concerts by the River.  This special event will be fun for the whole family, with a special performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, other musical storytelling, an instrumental “Petting Zoo”, and classical performances.  Food and drink will be available for purchase from local vendors.

Beethoven and Brews
Friday, August 9, 7:00pm
Trailhead Pizza Cafe, Coffee Creek, CA
Classical Program: Beethoven – String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3 | Dvorak – “American” String Quartet, Op. 96

A favorite of locals as well as traveling hikers and backpackers, the Trailhead Pizza Cafe has a beautiful deck and a brand new stage in the backyard, looking into the pine forests.  It is an ideal place to enjoy a pitcher of beer, a handcrafted pizza, and the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. The program will feature string quartets and trios by Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvorak.

Special appearance: Trinity County Fair, Hayfork, CA
Saturday, August 10
Admission is included with fair admission?
Classical Dance Hits by Beethoven, Dvorak, Copland, and more!

The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival’s first appearance at the Trinity County Fair!  If you never thought that classical music would join forces with the rough and tumble world of livestock shows, quilting, country western music, and the annual destruction derby, this will be a surprise for you. Our musicians will be rocking out to popular, foot-tapping classics.

Grand Finale Concert
Sunday, August 11, 7:00pm
Hyampom Community Hall, Hyampom, CA

A special program highlighting each instrument and each musician, with music from around the  world.Why choose such a remote village for a “grand finale”?  The answer is obvious for us –  Hyampom has opened its arms and made us feel at home here. Since the beginning we have  come to Hyampom for delicious meals straight from the garden, comfortable beds for tired  musicians, break time in the South Fork Trinity River, and of course wonderful concerts at the   Hyampom Community Hall.  Our way of giving back to this community is to add this special  event to the end of our third season.

Petr Masek, violin
Philip Brezina, violin
Ellen McGehee, violin
James Keene, violin
Edwin Huizinga, violin
Ellen Flanagan, violin and viola
Stephen Fine, viola
Juan David Mejia, cello
Charles Akert, cello
Andrei Gorbatenko, double-bass
Ian Scarfe, piano
Gina Gulyas, flute
Sydne Sullivan, oboe
Anna-Christina Phillips, clarinet
Alexis Luque, bassoon
Wayne Van Lieu, horn

The Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival is dedicated to bringing professional classical music and musicians to the communities in and around Trinity County, California, with an emphasis on free public performances, educational outreach, and special outdoor events.

More information can be found at: www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org.

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