Recordings

All samples are taken live from the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.

Dvořák, String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 (American). July 28, 2015 at the Festival. (25 min.)      mp3     
Andante movement from the Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, by Serge Rachmaninov (1873 - 1943). Recorded live at our 2015 Valentine Concert. Performed by Kevin Krentz, cello, and Allan Dameron, piano. (5-½ min.)      mp3     
A taste of Spanish Romanticism. Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 67, by Joaquin Turina (1882 - 1949). Recorded live at our 2015 Valentine Concert. Performed by Jasper Wood, Tim Christie, Kevin Krentz, and Allan Dameron. (Three movements, 18-½ min.)      mp3     
There Will Be Music, a poem composed as an introduction to the 2013 Summer Festival with words by Weston Gaylord. Filmed live at the Festival by Steven Foreman. (4-½ min.) YouTube
Toy Bricks, a work composed for the 2012 Summer Festival by Paul Wiancko. Recorded live during Festival rehearsal. (8 min.) YouTube
Busy Signals, A composition for ten pianos by Paul Wiancko. July 26, 2015 at The Piano Garden(tm). The Garden is a collection of ten pianos buried partway in the ground, slowly decomposing in the middle of a pine forest. (9 min.)      mp3     

Artists

Paul  Wiancko, cello

Cellist and composer Paul Wiancko has performed all over the world, from concertos in Warsaw's National Philharmonic and Brazil's Teatro Nacional to chamber music in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to jazz at the Hollywood Bowl and the Blue Note. At 29, he has already collaborated with many of today's iconic performers, from Midori, Yo-Yo Ma and Richard Goode, to jazz greats Etta James, Chick Corea and Gary Burton, to rock legends Dave Stewart and Joe Cocker. Paul's vast and eclectic performance experience feeds directly into the heart of his composing. Leaf through his portfolio and you may land on anything from an electronica animation soundtrack to an experimental suite for strings to a Hip Hop Cello Concerto, the New York premiere of which was described by Sequenza as “surprising, fun, fresh, and even innovative.” In 2013, Paul Wiancko's classical commissions will include new works for the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet and the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival.

Craig  Sheppard, piano

Canadian violinist Jasper Wood has performed with many of North America's finest orchestras including Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Buffalo, and throughout Europe. He has performed under the batons of Gregory Novak, George Cleve, Georg Tintner, Bramwell Tovey, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Jasper has also garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and chamber musician which took him to major cities worldwide in venues such as Dame Myra Hess (Chicago), Carnegie Weill Recital Hall (New York) and the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tim Christie, violin

Tim Christie, affiliate artist faculty at the University of Puget Sound, is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and is active as a chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. In addition to his engagements in the Northwest, Mr. Christie performs as a chamber musician throughout the United States. He is the solo violist of the contemporary ensemble Brave New Works, violinist with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN and is on the violin faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, where he serves as Principal Second Violin of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Before moving to Tacoma, Tim was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla.

Craig  Sheppard, piano

Kevin Krentz is a cellist, teacher, and inventor. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he briefly began his musical life as a cellist at 12, only to foolishly stop playing until college, eventually going on to earn his doctorate.

A devoted chamber musician, Kevin is Artistic Director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. He has been a winner in the Fischoff National, Zinetti International, and Greenlake National Chamber Music Competitions. His piano trio, Finisterra Trio, has performed throughout North America and Europe and awarded a place in the top five classical recordings of 2010 with their album of the piano trios of Daron Hagen. Dr. Krentz also has many inventions to his credit involving string instruments and their accessories. His private and Seattle University students are frequent award winners.

Craig  Sheppard, piano

Allan Dameron is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts where he fell in love with chamber music, vocal accompanying, and ballet, and it is these collaborative disciplines which have inspired him ever since.

Ten years later, when working as a vocal coach at Chicago Lyric Opera, he was assigned to play a dance scene in Gounod's Faust under Maestro Georges Pretre's direction and thus renewed his affinity for the choreography of Balanchine. Shortly after, he became solo pianist for Maria Tallchief's Chicago City Ballet, where he was later appointed music director. He came to the attention of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell at Pacific Northwest Ballet, who engaged him as pianist and conductor, in which position he has performed most of the active Balanchine repertory on four continents.

Weston Gaylord, host of the 2015 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival

Weston Gaylord is an actor, director, musician, writer and lyricist from Seattle, WA, currently attending Stanford University. As an actor, he has performed with Seattle Children's Theater, CalShakes, San Jose Repertory Theater, ArtsWest Playhouse and numerous student organizations. Recent appearances include My Fair Lady (Col. Pickering), The Fantasticks (Hucklebee) and An Inspector Calls (Inspector Goole). He is currently a professional member of Stanford Repertory Theater. Weston has directed American Buffalo (2014) and projects with the ReDesigning Theater program at Stanford's Institute of Design. Favorite past roles include Fagin, Macbeth, and Tevye, but he hopes he will never actually become a pickpocket, or a murderer, or a milkman.