Many of your favorite stars are returning for 2013—Mara Gearman, Jing Wang, Paul Wiancko, Kevin Krentz, Serena McKinney, Yuri Namkung, and Craig Sheppard, plus many artists new to the Festival. All the artists appreciate the warm reception afforded their performances at Signal Hill Ranch, as well as the hospitality of our local housing volunteers who open their homes to the artists during their stay.
We hope you drop by to experience the incredible acoustics, breathtaking outdoor scenery, and good spirits of the audience and players.
Kevin Krentz, artistic director
Thank you to everyone involved in this year's fabulous festival. Particularly gratifying for me is the continuing development of our community atmosphere. The musicians tell me our festival has an energy that none can match.
The summer of 2012 brought us the world premiere of the first work commissioned specifically for the Festival, a contemporary string quartet titled, "Toy Bricks," by Paul Wiancko. When I asked Paul to write this piece I had hoped it would be fun and a bit of a cross-over genre piece for the festival. When we played it live, the music went off like a firework. The audience gave the six-minute work an instant standing ovation. Paul has agreed to extend his work into a three-movement piece that we will premiere next summer. A rehearsal of this performance was recorded and is available here: http://youtu.be/TxGxJwHHbEA
Please share it with your friends! See you again this summer.
About our Artists
Dave Beck of KUOW News and Information Radio in Seattle lights up when he talks about his passion for music. I met with Dave to explore his musical origins and learn how he came to host our concerts July 27-28, 2012. read more...
Professor Craig Sheppard enchanted the audience Oct. 23 with an evocative and passionate rendition of Debussy's "24 Preludes". The performance was followed by a private reception at the home of John and Kathy Ehrenberg. read more...
Verne Windham of KPBX Public Radio in Spokane is a phenomenally active musician, and host of our concerts. I recently spoke with Verne about how he came to visit our festival, why he keeps coming back, and what importance he places on the festival itself. read more...
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