2010 Centrum Summer Season at Fort Worden State Park Voiceworks
Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival
The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
Port Townsend Writers’ Conference
June 28 – July 3
July 4 – 9
July 15 – 17
July 18 – 24
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum perform at Voiceworks & Fiddle Tunes
Complimentary Program Guide
2010 Centrum Summer Season at Fort Worden State Park
The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes
Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival
June 28 – July 3
July 4 – 9
July 15 – 17
Port Townsend Writers’ Conference
Jazz Port Townsend*
Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival*
July 18 – 24
July 25 – 31
August 1 – 7
*Not included in this issue: Jazz Port Townsend (published July 21) and Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival (published July 28)
Centrum Festival Ticket Information By web: centrum.org By phone: 1-800-746-1982 In person: Centrum Office, Fort Worden State Park (noon-4 p.m., Monday-Friday) or at the venue box office one hour prior to show time. Special needs: For impaired hearing, vision or mobility issues, please call Centrum at 360-3853102 ext. 110.
A $1 per ticket processing fee is added to in-person and web orders; a $3 per ticket processing fee is added to phone orders. Under 18: tickets are free. Please no babes in arms or strollers for indoor performances. Programs and artists subject to change. All sales are final.
Venue Information McCurdy Pavilion – a 1,200-seat fully enclosed seasonal theater at Fort Worden State Park with excellent sightlines. For matinee performances, lawn seating may be available on Littlefield Green; these tickets may be available one hour prior to performance and have limited sight visibility. Joseph F. Wheeler Theater – a 280-seat indoor theater at Fort Worden State Park with excellent acoustics. Ideal for chamber music, readings and smaller presentations. Littlefield Green – abuts McCurdy Pavilion at
Fort Worden State Park. Gates open for picnicking for Pavilion and Littlefield Green performances one hour prior to show time. Beer and wine is available for purchase at Centrum’s beer garden. For dances at Littlefield Green, patrons are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs. Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – a 260-seat indoor sanctuary with excellent acoustics that was opened in 2010. Located at 2333 San Juan Avenue in Port Townsend. Building 204 – located at Fort Worden State Park with several large rooms, ideal for dances.
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Visitor Services The Port Townsend Visitor Information Center, located at the park-and-ride lot across from Safeway at 440 12th Street, can help visitors with directions, accommodations and other important information. You can also visit Port Townsend’s tourism website, enjoypt.com, or call 360-3852722 or 888-ENJOYPT (365-6978). Centrum Workshops Applications are still being accepted for weeklong workshops for Voiceworks, Fiddle Tunes, Jazz, and Blues, with day workshops available for Chamber Music and Writers’ Conference. Please call 800733-3608 or 360-385-3102 ext. 114 for more information.
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Voiceworks Wednesday, June 30 Building 204 7:30 p.m. Honky-Tonk Dance with Nadine Landry & The Black Pot Cookers and Wylie & The Wild West Friday, July 2 Building 204 7:30 p.m. Swing Dance with Pammy & Bruce Forman with The Boppers Saturday, July 3 McCurdy Pavilion 1:30 p.m. Mountain, Roots & Bluegrass Elizabeth LaPrelle Pharis & Jason Romero Blue Spruce with Jenny Lester Intermission The Kings of Mongrel Folk (Mark Graham & Orville Johnson) Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
Biographies Pamela Forman began her solo singing career at age 6 in a talent show in San Francisco and has worked with many bands and fabulous musicians including Mood Indigo, The Martini Brothers Big Band, Sweet Thursday Jazz Band, Cow Bop, Western Swing Band, Dan Hicks, Bruce Forman, Howard Alden and many others. Pamela will be accompanied by her husband, a frequent performing artist at Jazz Port Townsend, guitarist Bruce Forman, whose numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Joe Henderson and Barney Kessel. Mark Graham’s harmonica virtuosity on Irish and American fiddle tunes and his rich, woody sound on clarinet are well known to Northwest acoustic music mavens. His musical career includes stints with such stellar old-time string bands as The Hurricane Ridgerunners and The Chicken Chokers. Mark has recorded or performed with Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis, Danny Barnes and Irish fiddler Kevin Burke. His songs have been recorded by many, including the Austin Lounge Lizards, Bryan Bowers and the Limelighters. Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler, Wylie Gustafson leads the musical outfit known as The Wild West, which got its start at the Palomino Club in North Hollywood. He’s played thousands of gigs, delighting audiences around the world with his good-time cowboy music including performances at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The National Folk Festival, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and on A Prairie Home Companion as well as having made more than 50 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry.
Orville Johnson was born in Edwardsville, Illinois and in the early 1970s, spent several seasons playing bluegrass on a Mississippi river steamboat with the Steamboat Ramblers. He moved to Seattle in 1978, where he was a founding member of the much-loved folk/ rock group the Dynamic Logs. Other musical associates include Laura Love, Ranch Romance and the File Gumbo Zydeco Band. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Doc Watson, Bonnie Raitt and the late John Lee Hooker. Orville’s guitar, Dobro and quavering, honeyed vocals have seasoned more than a hundred recordings and soundtracks, and countless TV and radio commercials.
Laurie Lewis is the real stuff of legend, at least in the quiet corners where American roots music still thrives. One of the preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time, Laurie has been described by the Sacramento News as “as fine a singer as anyone on the acoustic music circuit, anywhere in the world.” Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, Lewis also won a Grammy for “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe.” Her 30-year career as fiddler, singer and songwriter began in her early 20s when she discovered the Bay Area bluegrass scene, with its powerful mix of the region’s historic progressivism and ardent devotion to musical tradition.
Nadine Landry was born and raised in a musical family on the Gaspe Peninsula on the east coast of Quebec. She’s spent a significant portion of her musical life playing upright bass in the Yukon, courtesy of the Canadian bluegrass band Hungry Hill. She also has lent her talents to various bands, ranging from old-time to honkytonk to swing and Cajun. Described as deeply passionate and powerful, her voice has been capturing the hearts of fans across North America, Ireland, England and Australia. Nadine spends most of her time on the road. She calls the Yukon home, but frequently visits Portland, where she plays with the Foghorn Stringband/Trio.
Jason Romero is well known for building some of the finest old-time and bluegrass banjos available, and has produced instruments that are being played on recordings by Dirk Powell, Ricky Skaggs, The Foghorn Stringband, Ivan Rosenberg and others. He is a versatile clawhammer (and bluegrass) banjo player, singer and guitarist, who performed regularly with fixtures of the old-time and bluegrass music scene in Northern California for many years before relocating to Canada in 2007. Jason also performs with his wife Pharis in The Haints.
Twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth LaPrelle is exceptional in her devotion to and mastery of the ancient and deep art of Appalachian unaccompanied singing. She has been winning prizes for her singing at fiddlers’ conventions since she was 11, was featured on the national “Crooked Roads” tour (sponsored by the National Council for Traditional Arts) and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion. Raised in Rural Retreat, Virginia, she graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in traditional Appalachian performance. She has released two recordings, “Rain and Snow” and “Lizard in the Spring.” Jenny Lester, blessed with a voice that is imbued with sweetness, clarity and power, is a dynamic bluegrass performer and recording artist who has established herself as an important singer/songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. Jenny’s talent is superbly displayed on her shining debut CD, “Friends Like You.” She is a veteran stage performer, beginning on the fiddle at age 8 with her family’s Driftwood Canyon Family Band out of Smithers, B.C. Jenny has just returned from a European tour with the Yukon-based bluegrass band Hungry Hill.
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Pharis Romero is a singer, songwriter and rhythm guitar player. She has performed at many of the major North American festivals and venues, from Wintergrass to the Winnipeg and Calgary folk festivals. Growing up deep in the Cariboo interior of British Columbia, in her hometown of Horsefly, she first performed with her family’s band The Patenaudes. She is a prolific songwriter, influenced by early traditional music, but also looking to contemporary issues. She currently plays with old-time trio The Haints and directs vocals for the Old Time Vocal Choir in her hometown of Cobble Hill, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Tom Rozum, an ace mandolinist originally from New England, moved west to Arizona to play in the Summerdog Bluegrass Band and Mariachi Swing Ensemble, then with the Rhythm Rascals in San Diego, specializing in music from the 1920s and 1930s, and since 1986 has been a Bay Area fixture on the music scene joining forces with Laurie Lewis as her ideal harmony partner. He plays primarily mandolin, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola and guitar player. Tom is best known for the “The Oak and The Laurel,” his Grammy-nominated album of duets with Laurie.
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The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Dirk Powell, Artistic Director Sunday, July 4 McCurdy Pavilion 1:30 p.m. Fiddlin’ – Old World, New World Swedish Fiddling – Nils Olof Söderbäck & Peter Michaelson A Musical Tour of Mexico – Paul Anastasio & Juan Barco Traditional Music of Prince Edward Island – Peter & Jacques Arsenault Basque Dance Music – Joseba Tapia with Arkaitz Miner & Javier Leturia Intermission Bluegrass and Americana – Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum New England Traditions – David Kaynor & Betsy Branch Tennessee Old-Time – Mike Bryant & Joseph Decosimo
Biographies Paul Anastasio, a versatile violinist and fiddler, started classical training at age 9. His teachers later included Seattle Symphony assistant concertmaster Sergei Kardelian and renowned jazz violinist Joe Venuti. Playing and traveling with the country music legend Merle Haggard was the first of many gigs over a 10-year period with top country bands including Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Gatlin and Loretta Lynn. Part of Seattle’s beloved group Pearl Django, it was a chance encounter with Mexican violinist Juan Reynoso in 1992 that turned Paul’s life toward an intensive study of the remarkable fiddling style of southwestern Mexico known as Tierra Caliente. He will be accompanied by Juan Barco on bajo sexto. Peter Arsenault started out on percussions and harmonica, but eventually picked up a fiddle to follow in the footsteps of his father Eddie Arsenault, known as a major musical influence for many old-time fiddlers on Prince Edward Island. Eddie, born in 1921, was influenced by radio broadcasts and “successfully blended the modern Cape Breton style with the West Prince fiddling that together had the lyric ornateness of the East and syncopated drive of the West.” Son Peter’s distinct style is based on the influence of those older fiddlers who are rarely heard anymore. He plays both local repertoire and that of the Evangeline Coast and is a great accompaniment to Acadian style dancers. He will be accompanied by his neighbor Jacques Arsenault on guitar.
Western Swing – Kevin Healy & Keith Holter ••• McCurdy Pavilion 7 p.m. Fiddle Grand Finale John Carty Genticorum Intermission James Cheechoo Family Dirk Powell & Friends Fireworks follow on the bluffs of Fort Worden Friday, July 9 Fort Worden Chapel 11 a.m. Special Fiddle Tunes Kids’ Concert The Canote Brothers ••• Littlefield Green 7:30 p.m. La Fête de la Louisiane – A Cajun and Creole Dance Party Creole La-La with Nolton Semien and David Greely & Friends
Betsy Branch has been a mainstay of Portland’s contra dance community for 12 years and plays in several contra dance bands, including Wild Hair, Night Owl and as lead in the Portland Megaband. She is also very active in Portland’s Irish music community, playing for sessions, concerts and sean-nós dancing. She is the associate music director of Portland Revels theater company and its house fiddler. Her primary passion is teaching and mentoring fiddlers and dance musicians.
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Christine Balfa Powell, perhaps one of Cajun music’s most talented vocalists and guitar players, began playing music as a teenager with her father, Dewey Balfa, and has continued her family’s legacy. She plays the guitar in the rhythmic style of her uncle Rodney Balfa. Christine is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Louisiana Folkroots, an organization dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s valuable cultural landscape, and is a member of Balfa Toujours with her husband
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his guitar and leave at age 19 to travel and live far and wide. He has worked with artists such as Sonny Landreth, James Leva, the Wilders, Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy. Over the years, Sam developed a broad style of playing that mixes everything from the acoustic and electric repertoires, culminating in the alt-tunings and slide work of his solo record “Geeks,” winner of several awards from New Orleans’ prestigious Offbeat magazine. Mike Bryant was born in 1954 in Georgia, but has spent most of his adult life in upper East Tennessee. He’s perhaps most recognized for his work with his band, The New Dixie Entertainers, named after fiddler Earl Johnson’s 1930s-era outfit. Mike has twice won the prestigious fiddle competition at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia. He’s considered one of the preeminent old time fiddlers in the United States and will be accompanied by National Old Time Banjo Champion Joseph Decosimo. The Canote Brothers, Greg and Jere, consider themselves “proud links in the chain of musical brother duets” like the Stanley Brothers, Blue Sky Boys, Sam and Kirk Magee and the Everlys. You’ll find them firmly planted in the tradition of American roots music and playfully presenting a kids’ concert with a special appearance by The Spoonoplians. John Carty, an elite Irish fiddler who is equally gifted at banjo, flute and tenor guitar, is considered one of Ireland’s most highly regarded traditional musicians. As 2003 winner of TG4 Traditional Musician of the Year, he joined previously acclaimed musical giants Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples, Mary Bergin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Paddy Keenan. Born in London, at the age of 16 and already an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, John found himself playing with some of Irish music’s finest musicians and began entertaining the thought of relocating to Ireland. Soon after settling in Boyle, County Roscommon, his 1994 debut banjo album was released and was followed quickly in 1996 by a first fiddle album which was described as a milestone in recorded fiddle music. James Cheechoo is one of the few remaining traditional James Bay Cree fiddlers from Moose Factory. Mr. Cheechoo is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation, a native reserve community located in the island settlement dating back to the 1670s. Mr. Cheechoo grew up listening to his father and older brothers play the Orkney-based music, began playing at 12 and traded two fox pelts for his first fiddle. As one of the few remaining traditional James Bay Cree fiddlers, Mr. Cheechoo has a repertoire of about 60 traditional songs of the single fiddle tradition. He will be accompanied by his wife Daisy on spoons and his son Lawrence on the native drum.
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Sam Broussard is a splendid and unique guitarist. Be it acoustic, electric or slide, he carries the music of his ancestry farther than it’s ever gone. He grew up in a Cajun city in South Louisiana, only to pick up
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fiddle tunes Biographies cont. Genticorum is an energetic traditional Quebecois musical trio based in Montreal, Quebec. Winners of the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Album, “La Bibournoise,” and 2005 Best Ensemble, the group is made up of Pascal Gemme on fiddle, feet and vocals; Yann Falquet on guitar, jew’s harp and vocals; and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand on wooden flute, fiddle, electric bass and vocals. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous harmonies, energetic foot percussions, and guitar and bass accompaniment into a sound described as a big jubilant musical feast. Genticorum’s trademark sound combines rollicking interpretation of traditional Quebecois folk songs with original instrumentals written in traditional style, energetic and folky at the same time. David Greely’s Cajun heritage simmered on the back burner while he was growing up near Baton Rouge; but, after years of fiddling in other styles, he woke up to the music and language of his ancestors and became completely consumed. Apprenticed to Dewey Balfa, he received firsthand wisdom in Cajun music that has earned him acclaim as an eloquent Cajun French songwriter, fiddler, singer and researcher of nearly forgotten tunes, ballads and stories. He is also actively involved in community campaigns to preserve the Cajun French language and archival Cajun recordings. In 2004, he received an Artist Fellowship Award in Folklife by the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He’s founding fiddler of Mamou Playboys and one of Louisiana’s finest fiddlers. Kevin Healy caught the fiddle fever as a young boy in Pendleton, Oregon at age 10 and thinks he caught the western swing bug from a 78 of “Panhandle Shuffle” found at a junk store. In 1980 he tracked down Paul Anastasio for some lessons while Paul was between jobs with Merle Haggard and Asleep at the Wheel, and soon after met Portland fiddler Bus Boyk. Bus became a close friend and mentor, sharing his music and stories from vaudeville days, playing at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas with the Sons of the Golden West, and touring and recording with Ray Price. Prior to joining the Longhorn Western Swing Band in 2005, Kevin played with retro-swing band Retta and the Smart Fellas and with Portland bluegrass and country band the Muddy Bottom Boys. He’ll be accompanied by famed guitarist Keith Holter. Keith Holter, leader and guitarist of the popular Longhorn Western Swing Band, started playing western swing about the time the term was coined and has since been inducted into the Seattle Western Swing Society’s Hall of Fame. Keith draws from the cultural melting pot of the Southwest, the folk and fiddle music as played by Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, Hank Thompson and others who packed dance halls across the country in its heyday. He learned western swing in those very dance halls and has been sought out by country and western stars like Lefty Frizzell, Little Jimmy Dickens and T Texas Tyler on tour in the
Northwest when they needed a good lead man with a mellow, twang-less tone and deft improvisation. David Kaynor, a caller and New England style fiddler, began playing fiddle in 1974 and started calling contra dances in western Massachusetts shortly thereafter. Serving on staff at Northern Week at Ashokan 22 times and Contra Dance Musicians’ Week at the John C. Campbell Folk School eight times, David has played for and taught dancing at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, Mendocino, the Lady of the Lake, Ogontz, Summer Acoustic Music Week, Suttle Lake, Wannadance Uptown and a myriad of other camps, workshops and music events around the country. Jesse Lege defines traditional Louisiana dance hall music. His unmistakable hard-driving style of accordion play and his powerful voice will get even the most staid listener up on the dance floor. Whether he is performing with Bayou Brew or his many friends, Jesse can crank up any old tune to something new and very different than you have ever heard before. Awarded Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year for “Mémoires Dans Mon Coeur,” in nearly 40 years of playing, singing and living Cajun music, Jesse Lege has seen and done it all. In 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame. Laurie Lewis (see Voiceworks bio) Dirk Powell has expanded on generations of the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the preeminent traditional American musicians of this generation. From learning banjo and fiddle at the feet of his grandfather in Kentucky to founding the Cajun group Balfa Toujours in Louisiana where he makes his home, Dirk has been described as someone who has “created a place all his own where tradition, inspiration and innovation meet.” In addition to acclaimed releases on Rounder Records, he has recorded and performed with artists such as Joan Baez, Loretta Lynn, Sting, Jack White, Levon Helm, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Ralph Stanley and Linda Ronstadt, among others. This is his fifth year as artistic director of The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. Steve Riley was a 19-year-old accordion prodigy unknown outside of South Louisiana when he and Dewey Balfa came to Fiddle Tunes in 1990. Since then, he has gone on to garner three Grammy Award nominations for traditional music. Steve grew up in the prairie town of Mamou where French is spoken on the street, the national holiday is Mardi Gras and a poor family is one without a fiddler or accordion player. As a boy, Steve took up the accordion, a single-row diatonic instrument made by Marc Savoy, and concentrated on learning Savoy’s fiery, intricate style. Under Balfa’s guidance, he learned hundreds of French songs and how to sing them in Balfa’s singular hurtsso-good style. In the late ’80s he and David Greely formed the Mamou Playboys, which rapidly gained international prominence without sacrificing the allegiance of Louisiana fans.
Joel Savoy, son of Cajun musicians Marc and Ann Savoy, was raised among all of the greats in Cajun music. As a baby, he sat in Dewey Balfa’s lap as he played the fiddle and played with legendary fiddlers Dennis McGee and Wade Fruge. The finest musicians of most folk cultures were frequent visitors to his childhood home. At this point, Joel has played fiddle and bass for many years throughout the world in the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band with his parents and Michael Doucet, as well as in Jeunes Gens de la Prairie and Cajun/gypsy group The Red Stick Ramblers, his fiddle style reflecting the great artist friends with whom he has been raised. Joel performs with longtime friend, Jesse Lege as Bayou Brew. Joseba Tapia is one of the world’s leading diatonic accordion players, who performs traditional Basque dance music from Spain, known as Trikitixa. The rhythms of its key instruments – accordion and tambourine – are identifiable as the music of the Basque country and language. For many years Tapia, who was self-taught, formed one half of the Basque accordion and tambourine duo known as Tapia ta Leturia. The duo focused mainly on folk, dance and popular procession music and created a new school with an endless list of followers. For Fiddle Tunes this summer, Tapia brings his favorite fiddler, Arkaitz Miner, as well as longtime musical partner on percussions, Javier Leturia. Nolton Semien is a venerable Creole accordionist who exudes the early days of La-La and is making his first trip to Port Townsend this summer. Born in 1939, he comes from St. Landry Parish, an area that has produced many Creole players – Goldman Thibodeaux, Lil’ John Simien, Bebe and Eraste ‘Dolon’ Carriere and Delton Broussard and the Lawtell Playboys. The fiddler in that band, Calvin Carriere, played for many years with Nolton as the St. Landry Playboys. This is a rare opportunity to spend some time with him, as he rarely leaves home. Nils Olof Söderbäck, born in 1954 and raised in Sweden, is one of the finest traditional Swedish fiddlers on the West Coast. By the age of 17, Olof had turned from classical piano to Swedish folk music, playing fiddle and accordion and traveling with Vilstrak (Wild Stroke) to music festivals throughout the country. It was during these years that he learned from the great fiddlers Laggar Anders and Rojas Jonas from Boda and Pahl Olle from Ostbjorka. Olof currently makes his home in Talent, Oregon. He plays Bulgarian style accordion, violin and Klezmer accordion, studies raga with a sitar maestro in India and leads a Swedish fiddle group in California. He will be accompanied by Peter Michaelsen who is based in Seattle.
Tom Rozum (see Voiceworks bio)
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Thursday, July 15 Joseph F. Wheeler Theater 7:30 p.m. Mid-Summer Mozart & Schumann Calder Quartet with Lucinda Carver, piano Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor Fred Frith: “Lelekovice” Intermission Schumann: Piano Quintet Friday, July 16 Joseph F. Wheeler Theater 7:30 p.m. Humorous Haydn & Serious Beethoven Calder Quartet Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat major Op. 33 No. 2 “The Joke” Janácek: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters” Intermission Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 “Serioso” Saturday, July 17 Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 7:30 p.m. Masters of the Baroque Lucinda Carver, harpsichord; Courtney Huffman, soprano; Susan Feldman, baroque violin; Leif Woodward, baroque cello Handel: Selections from Nine German Arias Corelli: Sonata for Violin and Continuo in B-flat major, Op. 5 No. 2 Castello: Sonata Settima a Due Bach: Selections from Cantatas 202 (“Wedding”) and 205 Intermission Bach: Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G major Vivaldi: Cantata “Lungi dal Vago Volto”
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Inspired by the innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet continues to expand its unique array of projects by performing traditional quartet repertoire as well as partnering with modern composers, emerging musicians and performers across genres. In 2009 the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) awarded the group the Adventurous Programming Award in recognition of its exciting programming and collaboration. Made up of Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook (violin), Jonathan Moerschel (viola) and Eric Byers (cello), all graduates of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, the New York Times recently claimed, “the superb Calder Quartet showed that the time-honored string quartet format still provides fertile ground for innovation and surprise in the hands of imaginative, skillful creators”. Following a recent concert at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC, the Greenville News wrote: “Looking like a sort of classical early Beatles, with their dark suits and skinny ties, the youthful Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet offered a concert notable for technical confidence and a keen musical sensibility shared by all four performers. Their performance truly was a conversation among equals.” Past performances include teaming up with the indie rock band Airborne Toxic Event at the LA Philharmonic’s West Coast Left Coast Festival, appearances on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and at Coachella Music and Arts Festival. Carnegie Hall, New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival have co-commissioned composer Christopher Rouse to write a new quartet for the Calder, premiering in June 2010. Lucinda Carver, as music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra from 1992 to 2001, garnered critical praise for her stylistic interpretations. Noted as a “first-rate conductor” by Bernard Holland of the New York Times and as “an important emerging conductor” by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times, Carver’s symphonic credits include appearances with the National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Richmond Symphony. Carver also has been featured in solo and chamber music recitals and her performances have been broadcast across the United States on National Public Radio. Lucinda Carver currently serves on the faculty of the University of Southern California where she teaches keyboard, conducting and early music studies.
Susan Feldman, violinist and music educator, has devoted much of her career to the study of historically informed performance on period instruments from the Middle Ages through the Baroque, particularly the Baroque violin and the vielle, the 5-stringed Medieval bowed instrument. She performs regularly with Los Angeles’ Musica Angelica, and has appeared with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, New York’s Soave Diletti and Seattle Baroque Orchestra. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Music as well as a Doctorate in Early Music Performance, both from the University of Southern California where she met and gathered the other members of La Monica. She is currently on the faculty of Stephen S. Wise Music Academy and the Ocean Charter School, both in Los Angeles. Courtney Huffman is recognized as a singer of exceptional artistry and versatility. This soprano is a captivating and inspiring young artist who is already making waves in the professional musical world. After taking first place in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) 2008 Artist Award Competition in Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Huffman made her New York solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall in June 2009. Also scheduled this summer is a winner’s recital performance at the NATS National Convention in July 2010. Ms. Huffman has appeared in over two dozen operas and opera scenes with the New Hampshire Opera Theatre, Aspen Opera Theater Center, and the USC Thornton School of Music Opera. Leif Woodward is an alumnus of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was granted the Colburn Foundation Scholarship for studies in early music performance and graduated Pi Kappa Lambda. In addition to holding a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, he also holds a master’s of music degree and a bachelor’s of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A native of Long Beach, California, Leif performs with groups such as Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Angeles Consort and La Barca.
Free Friday concerts return to Fort Centrum brings a sampling of the festivals to the lawn of the Fort Worden Commons on six consecutive Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. The public is invited to bring a picnic lunch or purchase food at the Commons. Admission is free and blankets or low-back chairs are encouraged. July 2 – Singing Sampler from Voiceworks July 9 – Performance from Fiddle Tunes July 16 – Performance by Matt Sircely & Hot Club Sandwich July 23 – Readings from the Writers’ Conference July 30 – Jazz participants’ Big Band performance Aug. 6 – Performance from the Acoustic Blues Festival
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PorT Townsend wriTers’ conFerence Cristina García, Artistic Director readings and lectures Joseph F. Wheeler Theater sunday, July 18 7:30 p.m. reading: Martín Espada, Ana Menéndez monday, July 19 4 p.m. lecture: Chris Abani, “Rhythm and Ritual in Fiction” 7:30 p.m. reading: Dana Levin, Peter Orner tuesday, July 20 4 p.m. lecture: Denise Chávez, “Cross-Border Identity” 7:30 p.m. reading: Cristina García Wednesday, July 21 4 p.m. lecture: Martín Espada, “The Unacknowledged Legislator: A Rebuttal” 7:30 p.m. reading: conference participants thursday, July 22 4 p.m. lecture: Ana Menéndez, “How to Become a Writer in 10,000 Easy Steps” 7:30 p.m. reading: Bich Minh Nguyen, Denise Chávez Friday, July 23 4 p.m. lecture: Dana Levin, “The Poem and What I’ve Learned about the Line” 7:30 p.m. reading: conference participants saturday, July 24 4 p.m. lecture: Peter Orner, “The Problems (and Joys) of Narrative Time” 7:30 p.m. reading: Erin Belieu, Chris Abani
Biographies Chris abani is the author of, most recently, “Song for Night,” a novella about a child soldier in Africa. The Los Angeles Times called Abani’s novel “Graceland,” the story of a Nigerian Elvis impersonator, one of the best books of 2002. Other books include “The Virgin of Flames,” “Becoming Abigail” and “Hands Washing Water.” erin Belieu is the author of three poetry collections, all from Copper Canyon Press. “Infanta,” 1995, was a winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Hayden Carruth, and was chosen as a best book of the year by the Washington Post and the Library Journal. “One Above & One Below” was the winner of the Society of Midland Authors prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize; her most recent collection, “Black Box,” was a finalist in 2007 for the Los Angeles Times book prize. Belieu’s poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry, the Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares and AGNI. denise Chávez is widely regarded as one of the leading playwrights and novelists of the southwestern United States. She is also the artistic director of the Crossing Border Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her novels include “The Last of the Menu Girls,” “Face of an Angel” and “Loving Pedro Infante.” martín espada is the author of 16 books, including two recent collections of poems: “Crucifixion in the Plaza de Armas” and “La Tumba de Buenaventura Roig.” He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including two NEA fellowships. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including the New Yorker, Harper’s and the Nation.
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Cristina García was born in Havana, Cuba and is the author of four novels, “Dreaming in Cuban, “The Agüero Sisters,” “Monkey Hunting” and “A Handbook to Luck.” A fifth novel, “The Lady Matador’s Hotel,” will be published in 2010. She has edited two anthologies, “Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature” and “Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature,” and written two works for young readers, “The Dog Who Loved the Moon” and “I Wanna Be Your Shoebox” published in 2008. A collection of poetry, “The Lesser Tragedy of Death,” is scheduled for publication this year. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into a dozen languages. dana levin’s first book, “In the Surgical Theatre,” was published by the American Poetry Review in 1999; Copper Canyon Press brought out her second book, “Wedding Day,” in 2005. Levin’s work has appeared in many anthologies, including “The Poet’s Child,” “This Art,” and “American Poetry: The Next Generation,” and in many literary journals. ana menéndez was born to Cuban exile parents who fled to Los Angeles, California in 1964. She worked as a journalist in the 1990s before turning to fiction with the collection of short stories “In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd.” Menéndez published her first novel, “Loving Che,” in 2003. Her second, “The Last War,” appeared in 2009. Bich minh nguyen published her first novel, “Short Girls,” in 2009. Her memoir-in-essays, “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner,” was published by Viking Penguin in 2007 and received the PEN/ Jerard Award. Her work has also appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. peter orner, although perhaps best known for his novel “The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo,” is one of the finest teachers and short-story writers in the country. His story “The Raft” was selected for inclusion in “The Best American Short Stories of 2001” by Barbara Kingsolver, and work has appeared in the Atlantic and the Paris Review, among others. “The Raft” is being made into a movie starring Ed Asner.
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hotel opened in August 2009. When we first drove up and saw the old brick building, we were wary, but the inside of the hotel is a unique work of art, carefully restored with every attempt to reuse original building materials as well as the craftsmanship of contemporary local artisans. Each room is exquisitely appointed with subtle touches of handcrafted works. The mirrors are hand-etched, all the metal, from the shelving brackets to the handrails to the electrical cover plate at the end of the bar counter, are custom crafted by a local blacksmith. Clamshells from under the building have been incorporated into the concrete counter tops of the gourmet kitchens, old worm scarred reclaimed wood from the walls now adorn the cabinet door faces, and timbers from the cannery floor have been forged together to form large entry doors hung by iron hinges. The character of the hotel has been accented with extensive use of hammered copper, concrete floors and hand-blown glass fixtures. No longer wary, we were now charmed!
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The hub of activity is on Water Street and the downtown shopping district. The town is home to a large delegation of artists, writers and crafts people and has over 100 shops, galleries and restaurants.
in one hand, your overnight bag stowed in your trunk, and a dazzling skyline filling the horizon behind you. While the boat churns across the quiet ocean, the land disappears from view and a shoreline materializes in the distance. You’re bound for a getaway to Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula, a nationally recognized historic district with famous red brick and stone buildings. With the Olympic Mountains as backdrop and the doorway to Puget Sound opened wide, Port Townsend is beautifully situated on the northeastern corner of the Olympic Peninsula.
Port Townsend’s personality starts with the historic City Hall, which is on Water Street. City Hall is in a brick building that once housed the town’s fire station; part of the structure continues as the centre of local government, but the fire station has been converted to the three-story headquarters and museum of the Jefferson County Historic Society. It’s definitely worth exploring. Further south on the main drag are a wide variety of shops and restaurants.
Port Townsend is an architectural marvel that remained in a time freeze of sorts for nearly 100 years before being rediscovered and renovated. The town now boasts one of the largest collections of well-preserved Victorians in the United States, along with an equally impressive group of ornate office buildings in a Romanesque style. It is one of three seaports along the coastline of the US named to the National Register of Historic Places and stands today as evidence of another era.
Maybe after a great meal and a walk along the streets of the town, finish the evening with a show at the Rose Theatre. The culture of Port Townsend brings people from all over the world to enjoy the Blues and Jazz Festivals as well as the Wooden Boat Show in September. Port Townsend is proud of its waterfront connection and it shows in the number of seaside parks, docks and walkways next to the water. Spend some time discovering the island’s beauty in pristine woods, state parks and waterfront.
We stayed in an all-suite waterfront hotel, The Clam Cannery, located in an old brick cannery built in 1885 that sits out over the ocean, with views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, Whidbey Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from every suite. It is at the heart of the downtown area on Quincy Street, within walking distance of everything—dozens of art galleries, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, restaurants, theatres and pubs.
Seeing everything this unique place has to offer requires walking the streets and exploring with no time commitments. It will take several days to experience the atmosphere of local sidewalk cafes, art galleries, restaurants, pubs and shops where art and history come together. It would take too many pages of this magazine to tell you all the hidden charm and entertainment found in this small town. I loved it and will go back again to see more of what I know I missed.
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