The Sunriver Music Festival and the Tower Theatre Foundation are teaming up to bring the two time Grammy award winning Turtle Island Quartet to Central Oregon for an evening concert in downtown Bend and a music education program in La Pine.
The Turtle Island Quartet concert, Have You Ever Been…?, is Friday, April 11 at 7pm, and is part of the Tower’s LessonPlan Series, offering top quality live performances for families. Have You Ever Been…? includes a mix of jazz, classical, American vernacular and world music styles. Through their music, the Turtle Island Quartet will take the audience on a journey through many musical genres, eras and places.
Have You Ever Been…? ventures to Electric Ladyland, tackling works by legendary guitarist, songwriter and performer Jimi Hendrix, as well as other compositions reflective of and inspired by Hendrix’s music including Turtle Island’s founder David Balakrishnan’s new composition Tree of Life.
Also, during their visit to Central Oregon, the Turtle Island Quartet will perform for over 550 students from the two La Pine elementary schools at the La Pine High School. Known for their exciting school programs, the Turtle Island Quartet will present an engaging and accessible presentation for children in grades K – 5 titled A String Quartet is Like a Family.
The educational concert utilizes the model of the family to help students understand how a string quartet functions and thrives. Turtle Island draws comparisons between the interactions of the quartet and the audience’s families, giving children a personal reference point that greatly helps them to gain a simple but profound understanding of the complete dynamics that drive musical groups.
The Sunriver Music Festival is able to bring this music education program to La Pine through the generous support and grants from the Sunriver Rotary Club and the Sunriver Womens Club.
Sisters Folk Festival continues its tradition of brightening up cold winter nights with an eclectic lineup of performers in the Festival’s 2014 Winter Concert Series.
March 18 will bring the return of Welsh singer-songwriter Martyn Joseph. A favorite of both the festival and the 2012 winter concerts, Joseph is stateside and will return to Sisters with a collection of new songs. Considered a “courageous” live entertainer, Martyn follows in the tradition of social protest and commentary with intimate portrayals of the human condition. His songs reflect a 30-year career with 31 albums and thousands of live performances.
To conclude the series, on Saturday, March 29, the festival will present a multi-media performance by the Celtic super-group, Solas. “Irish-America’s most influential band,” according to NPR, will perform as they celebrate the release of Shamrock City, their 11th album and most ambitious project and live show to date. It is a family story of immigration, mining and murder, and the remarkable history of Michael Conway and Butte, Montana, what Kim Ruehl, of FolkAlley.com, calls “a deeply thoughtful, imaginative collection of songs which grapple with the wealth of ideas and emotions inherent in the immigrant journey.”
Individual tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door, except Solas, which is $30 advance/$35 at the door. www.sistersfolkfestival.org/tickets 541-549-4979. Tickets will also be for sale at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters and Redmond.
High Desert Chamber Music (HDCM) continues their sixth season with a special Valentine’s Day concert on Friday, February 14, at the Tower Theatre. The Los Angeles based Catgut Trio will perform a variety of music inspired by love and romance. Concert-goers will receive a complimentary rose and a custom treat from Goody’s Chocolates. The evening is brought to you by North Rim.
Frequently featured in the HDCM Series, the Catgut Trio has won over audiences with its inspired and moving musicianship, unusual communicative abilities and innovative and attractive programming. This dynanmic ensemble is dedicated to exploring both known and unknown masterpieces in the genre. The members of the trio hold title positions with world-renowned orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing at a number of venues in the greater Los Angeles area, they host their own series in Santa Monica, California, Catgut Mondays.