The Brookings Harbor Friends of Music opens its 35th season featuring a variety of performers from around the world.
The season begins Oct. 6 with a performance by mezzosoprano HANNAH PENN, and pianist DAVID SAFFERT providing a special program of “light cabaret” music.
Penn enjoys a diverse career as a performer of opera, oratorio and recital literature. She has sung more than 20 roles with a variety of operatic companies.
Saffert is a classically trained pianist from Wisconsin. He has been seen on stage in sketch comedy, improv, solo piano concerts, and in his own music and comedy variety shows. Saffert has worked as a pianist with such organizations as the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony and the Interlochen Arts Camp.
For its second concert of the season, Friends of Music welcomes the ATOS TRIO, a celebrated piano group from Germany, who will perform Nov. 3. Founded in 2003, the trio features Annette von Hehn on violin, Stefan Heinemeyer on cello, and Thomas Hoppe on piano.
The ‘Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award’ recognized the ATOS Trio in 2007. It offers the winners 20 important U.S. concerts, including a debut concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall plus performances in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Detroit, Kansas City and Tucson.
Pianist MICHAEL BROWN will return to Brookings for a performance Jan. 5, 2020. Brown performed in Brookings last season with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and this season will offer a solo performance.
Brown was first-prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, a recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School.
On Feb. 9, 2020, the ST. PETERSBURG PIANO QUARTET will be in Brookings. The quartet made its debut in 2014 in New York City with a pair of successful concerts, then continued with performing from coast to coast.
The quartet received a Grammy nomination and best-record honors in Gramophone Magazine, held a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory, and gave hundreds of concerts in many of North America, Europe and Asia’s series and festivals.
The fifth concert of the season will feature the return of the JASPER STRING QUARTET on March 15, 2020. The quartet, formed in 2006, is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, and features J Freivogel and Karen Kim on violin, Sam Quintal on viola, and Rachel Henderson Freivogel on cello.
The New York Times named their album “Unbound” one of the 25 best classical recordings of 2017.
The RASTRELLI CELLO QUARTET, from Russia, will perform April 5, 2020. The quartet has pleased audiences with renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002. The ensemble’s mission is to perform music “between the genres,” and their widely varied programs mix works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with that of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Leroy Anderson.
The Friends of Music concert April 26, 2020, will feature Japanese virtuoso violinist MAYUKO KAMIO. Kamio made her concert debut in Tokyo at age 10 and is the youngest winner ever of the 1998 Menuhin International Violin Competition.
She has performed with the Boston Pops, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, and the Israel Philharmonic with conductor Zubin Mehta. In 2000, she took first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and in 2004 won the first Monte Carlo Violin Masters Competition.
Wrapping up the 2019-20 season May 17, 2020, will be the Friends of Music Scholarship Concert, free to all attendees. Each year, the Friends teams with ALEXANDER TUTNOV, professor of piano at Southern Oregon University, to feature and award young artists selected as scholarship winners.
The concert will include performances by the young artists as well as by Tutunov, who is recognized as one of the virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. He is a first-prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and a winner of the Russian National Piano Competition,
All performances occur on Sundays at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave. in Brookings. Tickets are now available at Wright’s Custom Framing and at the door. Season tickets for the eight concerts cost $120; tickets for individual concerts are $20. Students under 18 are admitted free.
For more information, visit brookingsharborfriendsofmusic.org, or call 541-469-7625.