Tickets are on sale for the Sunriver Music Festival’s 37th season that features the theme A Season of Love. The music of love will be interwoven throughout each concert from Brahms to Mendelssohn to Beethoven to the unique charms and remarkable voice of Storm Large.
For his third full season with the Sunriver Music Festival, Artistic Director and Conductor George Hanson will lead the world class Festival Orchestra in four classical concerts and a pops concert. The season also includes a solo piano concert plus free orchestra rehearsals, a piano master class and the annual Festival Faire dinner and auction fundraiser.
The featured soloists will include the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Crystal Medalist Sean Chen. The first American to place as a finalist since 1997, Chen won fans with his “exceptional ability to connect with an audience combined with an easy virtuosity” (Huffington Post). Also in 2013, Chen won the American Pianists Association’s Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, one of the most lucrative and significant prizes available to an American pianist. The Pops Concert on Friday, August 8 will feature the sultry vocals of singer, actor, author and playwright Storm Large. Her solo program titled Crazy Arc of Love with the Festival Orchestra includes the classic love songs Someone to Watch Over Me, I’ve Got You Under My Skin and My Funny Valentine. Along with her solo career, Large frequently performs with Pink Martini.
The first classical concert on August 10 is a tribute to the Festival’s long-time Artistic Director Lawrence Leighton Smith who passed away in October 2013. Larry served as the Festival’s artistic director for 24 years helping to shape and form the Festival in 1977 with the Festival’s original founders. This concert includes Smith’s favorite piano concerto by Schumann performed by his previous student and long time friend Hunter Noack.
Noack lived in Sunriver throughout his childhood studying piano with Jodie Bischof and Patti Petersen. He was awarded eight scholarships from the Sunriver Music Festival’s Young Artists Scholarship program. These scholarships helped him continue his education at Interlochen Arts Academy, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. Noack recently completed his masters degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
On August 12 at the Great Hall, the concert will include a full Brahms program featuring virtuoso violinist Steven Moeckel performing the beautiful Brahms Violin Concerto in D major. The concert opens with the Brahms Symphony #3. Moeckel performs as a soloist with orchestras and festivals in the U.S. and Europe and he is the Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony. He currently serves as the Concertmaster of the Sunriver Music Festival Orchestra.
The Central Oregon Mastersingers will join the Festival Orchestra on August 15 at the Tower Theatre performing a concert of music inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. Under Clyde Thompson’s direction, the Mastersingers have earned the well-deserved reputation of being Central Oregon’s premier chorus.
Sunriver Music Festival
Summer Concert Schedule
August 8 – 20
Pops Concert at Summit High – August 8
Crazy Arc Of Love
Storm Large and the Festival Orchestra
Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 10
A Loving Tribute To – Lawrence Leighton Smith
KERNIS, AARON JAY Musica Celestis (Heavenly Music)
SCHUMANN Concerto for Piano in A minor, op. 54
Featuring: Hunter Noack, piano
HAYDN Symphony no. 104 in D major (London)
Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 12
My Dearest Clara…Love, Brahms
BRAHMS Symphony no. 3 in F major, op. 90
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major, op. 77
Featuring: Steven Moeckel, violin
Tower Theatre in Bend – August 15
If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On – Shakespeare
Featuring: Central Oregon Mastersingers
BERLIOZ Queen Mab scherzo from Romeo and Juliet
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
PURCELL Suite from The Fairy Queen
MENDELSSOHN Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 18
Solo Piano Concert
Featuring Sean Chen - 2013 Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition Crystal Medalist
Sunriver Resort Great Hall – August 20
Love Transcends Time
THEOFANIDIS Visions and Miracles
SAINT SAËNS Concerto no. 2 in G minor for Piano
Featuring: Sean Chen, piano
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67
Portland based Blitzen Trapper comes to Black Butte Ranch on Sunday, July 6 for an eclectic journey through American roots music with ramshackle rhythms, luminous guitars and a heavy dose of full throttle west coast country rock.
Blitzen Trapper was founded in 2000 by a group of native Pacific Northwesterners, who played around town endlessly to skeleton crowds and gave away an impressive stream of garage recordings on CDR for years. Then came the Blitzen Trapper record in 2003 and Field Rexx in 2005. But it wasn’t until 2007’s self-released Wild Mountain Nation made a big splash that they finally hit the road, setting the stage for the release of Furr the following year.
This release was a high-water mark for the group as their eclectic new songs received a two-page feature in Rolling Stone. The album was ranked number 13 on Rolling Stone’s Best Albums of 2008 while the title track was ranked number four on the magazine’s Best Singles of 2008.
After this, the group suddenly found itself on network television and in glossy magazines and astride colossal festival stages. So they released more music, toured the Western world incessantly, got to work with the likes of Wilco, Stephen Malkmus, Guided By Voices and Belle & Sebastian and slowly became the band they’d always dreamed they would be. Blitzen Trapper is a five member band comprised of frontman and songwriter Eric Earley, Marty Marquis, Brian Adrian Koch, Michael Van Pelt and Erik Menteer.
The band’s most recent album, VII, was released in October, 2013, and their first release for Vagrant Records.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 -12. www.bendticket.com
SOJA, who has sold more than 200,000 albums and headlined shows in more than 20 countries, will be coming to Bend on June 28 at Les Schwab Amphitheater as part of the Soulshine tour with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall.
They recently released their new single I Believe featuring Michael Franti and Nahko. The track is off the band’s fifth full-length album set for release this summer on ATO Records. I Believe was produced by multiple Grammy award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend).
“’I Believe’ is about life; being kind to others and making the most out of the time we have with those that surround us,” says lead singer / guitarist Jacob Hemphill. “Whether we are family, friends or strangers, how we treat one another and energy we share dictates our existence.”
Hemphill and Bobby Lee (bass) met in the first grade in Virginia. The two instantly became best friends, finding common ground through their love of hip hop, rock and reggae, which they performed together at middle school talent shows. Throughout high school, they met Ryan Berty (drums), Kenneth Brownell (percussion) and Patrick O’Shea (keyboards) and formed SOJA. Rafael Rodriguez (trumpet), Hellman Escorcia (saxophone) & Trevor Young (lead guitar) joined the band when things started to heat up.
The Soulshine Tour Feat Michael Franti & Spearhead with SOJA, Brett Dennen, Trevor Hall, Saturday June 28, $20 - $52, www.ticketfly.com.