Pacific Crest Music Festival Returns for Expanded Fourth Season

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From July 30 to August 21, Pacific Crest Music Festival will be in residence in Northern California, presenting one young artist concert and two faculty artist concerts for its fourth season.

The young artist concert will be on August 7 at the POPS Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Dunsmuir, CA, and it will feature students from Pacific Crest Music Festival, who will play alongside faculty artists in chamber music works by Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and more.

The faculty artist series will take place at St. Mark’s Preservation Square in Yreka, CA, the POPS Center in Dunsmuir, and the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding, CA on the weekends of August 12-14 and August 19-21. These performances feature Patrick Dalton-Holmes and George Figueroa, violins, Michael Whitson, viola, Laura Gaynon, cello, and Chiharu Sai, piano.

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The first faculty performance include works from the Classical Era: Franz Josef Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3 and W.A. Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor. The second performance will highlight Romantic Era masterworks: Antonín Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80.

“These pieces are some of the most beloved of the chamber music repertoire, and for good reason,” festival founder and director Michael Whitson said. “It will be an incredible journey of passion, drama, and beauty.”

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Pacific Crest Music Festival, now in its fourth season, began as a one-week educational seminar for high school music students. It has grown into a competitive international chamber music seminar, with 19 students this year hailing from the United States, Japan, and Uruguay.

This year’s inaugural faculty artist series follows the first annual Winter Tour, which took place in early January 2016. The faculty artists, known as the “Pacific Crest Chamber Players,” performed in four highly acclaimed chamber music concerts in Dunsmuir, Redding, Yreka, and Ashland, OR. Whitson expects the biannual performances to continue.

Young Artist Concert:

Sunday, August 7, 2016

POPS Performing Arts & Cultural Center

5819 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir CA

Tickets: Free performance

Faculty Artist Concerts:

Program One (all concerts at 7 pm)

Fri 8/12 – St. Mark’s Preservation Square, 304 Lane Street, Yreka CA

Sat 8/13 – Redding Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding CA

Sun 8/14 – POPS Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir CA

Haydn “Emperor”, Op 76 #3

Mozart G minor Piano Quartet

Program Two (all concerts at 7 pm)

Fri 8/19 – St. Mark’s Preservation Square, 304 Lane Street, Yreka CA

Sat 8/20 – Redding Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd, Redding CA

Sun 8/21 – POPS Performing Arts & Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir CA

Mendelssohn Op. 80

Dvorak Piano Quintet

Performers:

Patrick Dalton-Holmes and George Figueroa, violins,

Michael Whitson, viola,

Laura Gaynon, cello, and

Chiharu Sai, piano

Tickets: $20, at the door or online at www.pacificcrestmusic.com

More information at  www.pacificcrestmusic.com

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