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SYV Concert Series: An Evening of Chamber Music Featuring Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Members

Start Date:
November 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
End Date:
November 8, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Church
CA United States

World-class performances continue during the 40th anniversary season (2019-2020) of the Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series. Since its inception by founder Rose Knoles at nearby Dunn School in 1981, this series has brought widely acclaimed classical artists to perform in intimate spaces in the Santa Ynez Valley. Noted for its stunning acoustics and serene ambiance, St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue in Los Olivos, has been the home of this popular concert series since 2007. Linda Burrows, Series Coordinator shares, “The opportunity to experience great artists of passion and integrity performing masterworks is a tremendously moving and inspiring experience.”

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., pianist Dr. Robert Cassidy, the artistic director of the series, will perform An Evening of Chamber Music with members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra including violinist Jackie Brand, and cellist Trevor Handy violist Erik Rynearson. The evening will feature the Mozart Piano Quartets: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, KV 478 and Piano Quartet No. 2 in E Flat Major, KV 493. Mozart was one of the first composers to explore the genre of piano quartets. This concert will also feature a performance of Bohuslav Martinu’s String Trio No. 2. This compelling piece was written in 1934 and is noted for the composer’s use of Czech fold idiom, modernism and neo-classicist motor-rhythms.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is one of the premiere chamber ensembles in the United States. Founded in 1969 and known as LACO, the group has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Three of its outstanding musicians are bringing their brilliant technique and artistic sensibilities for the first time to the Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series – violinist Jackie Brand, violist Erik Rynearson and cellist Trevor Handy.

Jackie Brand at age 12 was accepted as a student of Jascha Heifetz, and, among other honors, as a member of the Arpa Trio, she received first place in the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. She joined LACO in 1985 and is a frequent soloist with LACO and with symphonies around the world. Erik Rynearson is the principal violist of LACO, the Santa Barbara Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His broad musical tastes from Berlioz to Daft Punk inform a varied career. Trevor Handy, a graduate of The Juilliard School, currently enjoys an active career in Los Angeles and as the principal cellist of the Santa Barbara Symphony orchestra. Handy also teaches at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

Pianist Robert Cassidy has received widespread acclaim for his performances and recordings of both solo piano repertoire and chamber music. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music; and Doctor of Arts in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying/Piano Performance from Ball State University. His recent recordings of the Debussy Preludes have received worldwide acclaim for their sensitivity and insightful interpretations. Cassidy has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to his performances, Cassidy continues his active teaching career and is currently Director of Piano Chamber Music for Santa Barbara Strings. Cassidy collaborates regularly with musicians from the Camerata Pacifica. Having a pulse on the current trends in the music business, Cassidy is drawing on his past work experiences at Lincoln Center, Inc., IMG Artists, and the American Pianists Association to develop innovative programming and cultivate future audiences for the Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series.

The Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series will also present these renowned artists in the 40th season:
 Friday, February 7, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.: Organist Thomas Joyce and trumpeter Bill Williams in concert featuring solos and duets from the last three centuries.
 Friday, March 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.: Grammy–award winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman of Brooklyn Rider, and the Silk Road Ensemble and a gifted solo artist will present three Bach cello suites on violin.
 ** NOTE DATE CHANGE** Saturday, April 25 2020, 7:00 p.m.(Originally was April 24th: The Radian String Quartet and pianist Robert Thies performing Mozart, Ravel & Franck: The Journey from Classicism to Impressionism. The Radian String Quartet consists of Mary Beth Woodruff, violin; Jane Chung, violin; Basil Vendryes, viola; and Andrew Smith, cello. The program will include the Mozart String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, Ravel String Quartet in F major and then Robert Thies, American first-prize winner of the Prokofiev Competition will join the Radians in a performance of the Franck Quintet for Piano and String Quartet in F minor.

Doors for each concert open 30 minutes prior to the start with tickets being sold at the door as well as online in advance at https://www.smitv.org/concert-series-tickets.html
Patron Tickets are $35 and general admission $20. Thanks to a grant from St. Mark’s Women’s Guild, concert admission is FREE for ALL students (with student ID). A complimentary reception with the artists follows each concert. For Patron seating or any questions, please call SYV Concert Series Coordinator Linda Burrows at 805-705-0938.

About St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church: Formed in 1926 and serving the Santa Ynez Valley at its present location in downtown Los Olivos since 1979, St. Mark’s practices a spacious Christianity and welcomes people of all faiths or none. St. Mark’s is a no-fee community center for non-profit groups and community meetings, an arts venue for musical and cultural events, a welcome center for residents and area visitors, and a home to an Episcopal parish. St. Mark’s is also grateful to be home to the area’s Jewish community. St. Mark’s top-flight, non-sectarian professional preschool serves Santa Ynez Valley families with quality early-childhood education. Open doors, restrooms, free Wi-Fi, a shady courtyard, gardens, a labyrinth and water for pets are available for visitors and area residents all day, every day. For more information, please visit www.SMITV.org

Robert Cassidy, Artistic Director

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