FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 2, 2006
Contact person: Madeline Manogue, 707.462.9370
SPACE Winter Concert December 9
SPACE (Near & Arnold's School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education), Hoyman-Browe Studio, & Ukiah Brewing Company in cooperation with Mendocino College Community Extension present the 13th annual Winter Concert with Strings!, a celebration of New Directions in music for guitar, piano and strings on Saturday, December 9 at 8 p.m., at the Mendocino College Center Theater.
A great way to kick off the holiday season and support SPACE's scholarship program, this year's show brings together guitarist extraordinaire Alex de Grassi and pianist wizard Spencer Brewer with Quartet San Francisco, a sensual and sensational string quartet with the chops to take on any chamber music written in the last 300 years as well as tango, jazz, and funk. In addition to performing as a quartet, they will join Alex and Spencer in the performance of original compositions and arrangements for guitar, piano, and string quartet.
Widely acclaimed as a leading innovator and virtuoso of acoustic guitar, Alex de Grassi fuses a variety of guitar traditions into a highly orchestrated sound. From Gershwin to Hendrix, from folk and jazz standards to original compositions, Alex's performances and many recordings reveal a unique and powerful voice. He has performed at concert halls and festivals around the world, and, in 2006, was commissioned to compose a film score for the New York Guitar Festival. He will join Quartet San Francisco in a performance of a commissioned piece he co-composed with the quartet's violinist Jeremy Cohen. The composition was commissioned by String Letter Publishing to commemorate their 20th Anniversary celebration at Herbst Theater in San Francisco earlier this year.
For the last two decades, pianist Spencer Brewer has been a composer, pianist, and performer on the cutting edge of instrumental music, dazzling audiences worldwide with his impeccable piano skills and memorable melodies. He has 14 solo and duet albums to his credit. Nine years ago he started and still runs the highly successful "Sundays in the Park," a free summer concert series in Ukiah, which is also the only ongoing solar powered music series in the world.
Veterans of chamber groups, orchestras, operas, and movie soundtracks around the globe, Quartet San Francisco was founded in 2001 by renowned jazz and classical violinist Jeremy Cohen and includes Kayo Miki (violin), Emily Onderdonk (viola), and Joel Cohen (cello). This quartet represents the cream of American and European training and experience, but there's nothing old-fashioned about their sound. Their mission is to bring diverse, exciting, and eclectic music to audiences in informal, lively and humor-filled programs that will leave concertgoers with a whole new appreciation for what can be accomplished with eight hands and sixteen strings. The world famous mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade says, “I add my name with great joy to their list of fans.”
In February 2006 Quartet San Francisco unleashed their sensual side with wall-to-wall tangos and Latin-inflected compositions and mood pieces in “Latigo.” The ultimate soundtrack for both a night of cheek-to-cheek dancing and reflective romanticism, this long-awaited project is their first musical release after earning both the Grand Prize and a Special Prize in the International Tango Competition in May 2004.
Reserved seating tickets for this incredible night of emotional and eclectic music will be available at Mendocino Book Company, and are $22 in advance and $25 at the door for adults and $15 for children 18 and under. All proceeds will benefit SPACE's scholarship program. For more information please call (707) 462-9370 or visit www.spaceperformingarts.org .
Created: November 09, 2006 @ 09:33 AM
Last Modified: November 09, 2006 @ 09:33 AM