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.
Summit High School Friends of Music announce the fifth annual benefit concert For The Love of Music, featuring Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer & Band on Saturday, February 8 at 7pm in the Summit High School Auditorium.
As a classically trained violinist, Meyer’s unique brand of music bridges progressive rock, the jazz world and classical music. A prior member of Pink Martini, Meyer started experimenting and blending the rock sounds with classical foundations. His latest album Two-Sides to This Story was co-written and performed with guitarist Tim Ellis. These two artists created a unique high energy sound and reworked familiar tunes from the iconic rock group Led Zeppelin and many other contemporary artists.
The concert performance will include the Summit High School Band, Orchestra and Choir as the warm up group and later in the evening include a performance piece with Aaron Meyer and his six piece band. The music directors at Summit High School are excited to perform with the professional artist.
Dan Judd, Summit High School band music director said, “I always look forward to any opportunity for our students to perform with a professional artist. It is exciting for them, and always challenges their ability to rise to their highest possible level of performing. It is almost always combined with a large, enthusiastic audience, another real plus in their musical year of performances.”
This year’s Friends of Music fundraising campaign will focus on funding the purchase of a new sound board for the Summit High School Auditorium. The Friends of Music are passionate about keeping music education alive at Summit High School and believe that investing in the arts not only improves community quality of life, but further empowers, energizes and educates the students in the enjoyment of the arts.
Doors will open at 6pm for silent auction bidding and raffle. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. www.friendsofmusic-shs.org.