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Pacific Crest Music Festival Returns for Expanded Fourth Season

Faculty Artists Tour Redding, Yreka, and Dunsmuir

From July 30 to August 21, Pacific Crest Music Festival is in residence in Northern California, presenting one young artist concert and two faculty artist concerts for its fourth season. The young artist concert was held on August 7 at the POPS Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Dunsmuir, CA, and it featured students from the highly-selective Pacific Crest Music Festival, who played alongside faculty artists in chamber music works by Schubert, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and more. Prior to the young artist concert, all the students of the Pacific Crest Music Festival participated in the outreach program in Mount Shasta on August 5 and introduced local children to sounds of orchestra, string instruments, and variety of rhythms. The faculty artist series will take place at St. Mark’s Preservation Square in Yreka, CA, the POPS Center in Dunsmuir, and the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding, CA on the weekends of August 12-14 and August 19-21. These performances feature Patrick Dalton-Holmes and George Figueroa, violins, Michael Whitson, viola, Laura Gaynon, cello, and Chiharu Sai, piano. The first faculty performance include works from the Classical Era: Franz Josef Haydn’s String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3 and W.A. Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor. The second performance will highlight Romantic Era masterworks: Antonín Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80. “These pieces are some of the most beloved of the chamber music repertoire, and for good reason,” festival founder and director Michael Whitson said. “It will be an incredible journey of passion, drama, and beauty.” Pacific Crest Music Festival, now in its fourth season, began as a one-week educational seminar for high school music students. It has grown into a competitive international chamber music seminar, with 19 students this year hailing from the United States, Japan, and Uruguay. This year’s inaugural faculty artist series follows the first annual Winter Tour, which took place in early January 2016. The faculty artists, known as the “Pacific Crest Chamber Players,” performed in four highly acclaimed chamber music concerts in Dunsmuir, Redding, Yreka, and Ashland. Whitson expects the biannual performances to continue.

Date & Time

Weekly on Sunday and Saturday

08/12/2016 through 08/21/2016

7:00PM - 9:00PM