On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Cavendish Hall, we welcome Marsha Palmer, Ian Jessee, Bob Turizziani and Sandra Groce, all members of the West Virginia Symphony orchestra; along with Adam Stranavsky, a concert touring pianist from the Czech Republic for an afternoon concert of chamber music for viola, clarinet, horn, violin and piano. Adam came here last about six years ago when he peformed with the Kanawha Valley Youth orchestra. He’s back, as we all enjoyed having him then, and invited him to return.
The music will be Brahms and Bruch sonatas and trios for those instruments, and will be very lovely.
As usual, we will have a reception following the 3PM concert and everyone is invited to stay. Punch and cookies, wine and cheese and assorted goodies!
This is a FestivAll sponsored event. There is no charge, however, donations are always accepted.
Hope that you can make it. No need to make a reservation, we’ve never turned away anybody, however at the last trio concert, six people stood, as we ran out of chairs!
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 we welcomed the newest member of the faculty at the College of Creative Arts at West Virginia University, Ching-Wen Hsiao for an evening of luscious piano music.
Ching-Wen received her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in applied piano from the Juilliard School in New York City. She won numerous awards there and elsewhere and has concertized extensively. She played the giant piano work, Pictures at an Exhibition by the Russian composer, Mussorgsky. This colossal piece is one of the staples of the concert piano repertoire.
As an added bonus to the evening, we heard from Charleston resident Jacob Bumgarner, who is her student and is studying for a bachelor’s degree in applied piano at the University. In addition to a beautiful Mozart Sonata, he played some other 20th-century music that was well received.
Patrick Carfizzi, Bass-Baritone, a regular performer of major roles with the Metropolitan Opera in New York since 1999, sang a spectacular program of opera, German lieder and Broadway favorites on November 21, 2017 at Cavendish Hall. He was accompanied by Vicki Cavendish, and also his step-father, Mark Caldwell, a Dunbar native and long time educator and performer of music in the New York area. The concert was well attended and well received. What a treat for everyone to hear a truly Met Opera star in our town!!
Paulo Steinberg, an international touring pianist, and professor of piano at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA played his third appearance at Cavendish Hall Sunday, October 22, 2017 with a brilliant concert of Brazilian music of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. He has performed this concert on three continents, and it was stunning.
Those of you who have been to our concerts may remember that we had Paulo and Eric Ruple, both on the JMU faculty, last year for Gershwin's American in Paris, and before that Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. This concert was no less dazzling that either of those two duo piano recitals.
Gerald Lee, who has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Michigan School of Music played his second annual (and we hope perennial!) piano concert on March 30, 2018. He earned three piano performance degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, respectively.
He currently is Professor of Piano at West Liberty University in WV's northern panhandle. His program of Debussy, Schubert and Ginastera was very well received by an enthusiastic crowd, who lingered for two hours at the reception Surprisingly, noboday left. I finally said, "Vicki, let's go to bed...these folks may want to go home!!"
On Saturday night, February 24, the Sianburg Trio opened the 2018 season of concerts at Cavendish Hall and thrilled the capacity audience of 85 by playing three beautiful piano trios-one each by Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms. The pianist, Gayle Blankenburg, and cellist, Susan Lamb Cook were from California, while the violinist was Charleston's own Ian Jessee, a regular performer with a number of local groups, including the WV Symphony. The concert was extremely well played, and the enthusiastic audience gave them a much deserved standing ovation. As usual, the reception lasted longer than the concert! A good time was had by all. These folks were rally fabulous. You would not have heard a better concert at Carnegie Hall in New York than this one!
What was amazing about this concert was the crowd to hear it. We had 70 chairs set up and every one of them was occupied. There were five people in the balcony, four sitting on the stairs leading up, and six standing. In addition to the two of us and the performers, that means that there were 90 people in the hall! That's our idea of a good crowd. Boy, they really liked the music, too!