Welcome to the events page of the website. Please read what's coming and what we have had lately. We hope that you come to our concerts, as they are very entertaining. It is our supreme pleasure to offer beautiful New York City grade music in an intimate setting both for the audience and the performers!! Thanks to everyone from Jon and Vicki Cavendish!

   


The First concert of our 2019-2020 season is here!

OLIVER WORTHINGTON and JOHAN BOTES are back for another fab concert!!


About four years ago, Oliver Worthington gave a concert with Johan Botes, piano, to an enlightened audience who were enthralled with the spectacular musicianship of these two marvelous artists. They are back. As a baritone, I am often very critical of other baritones. This guy is quite possibly one of the best singers I have ever heard. His collaborative pianist, Johan Botes, is as good as it gets on the keyboard. Together, they are a terrific team and will amaze you with their beautiful music. 


The concert will be held Sunday, September 15 at 5:00 PM.  Please plan on coming! That is this coming Sunday.


JC

Oliver Worthington

Biographies

Oliver Worthington 

Oliver Worthington, baritone, has received international, regional and local acclaim for performances in a variety of musical and theatrical performances. He performed extensively as an opera singer, oratorio soloist and recitalist in Texas before moving to Indianapolis to join the faculty at Butler University. During his time in Texas, he appeared with regional companies like Indianapolis Opera, South Texas Lyric Opera, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Symphony, Hill Country Lyric, Austin Opera and Lone Star Lyric in roles ranging from Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus to The Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers. In his brief time in Indianapolis, he has already performed with the Indianapolis Opera, The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and several ensembles at Butler. As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared with orchestras and choral organizations throughout the United States performing oratorio roles as well as solo recitals. A champion of living composers, he frequently premieres new works on recitals in addition to the standard repertoire. Dr. Worthington is the Vocal Area Coordinator and the Director of Butler Opera Theater at Butler University in Indianapolis. His directing credits include musicals and operas from old favorites to world-premieres in venues throughout the United States. He maintains a full schedule as an educator and performer and serves as the President of The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation (www.jensenfoundation.org), a non-profit dedicated to supporting the arts through cash prizes to young singers.



Johan Botes

Dr. Johan Botes is known for his extraordinary versatility as a soloist, collaborative musician, and teacher; a career which has brought him recognition in concerts around the world.

A native of South Africa, Botes showed musical promise from an early age. Among many notable awards in his native country, he was the 2007 First Prize Winner of the Third UNISA/Vodacom National Piano Competition playing Rachmaninoff’s technically demanding Third Piano Concerto to a standing ovation; a performance for which he also won the Desmond Willson Memorial Prize for best concerto in the final round.

In 2008, Botes moved to Europe and continued his studies in London with British pianist Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. That year also resulted in master classes with Imogen Cooper, Alexander Rudin, Paul Lewis, Leslie Howard, Leon Fleisher and Richard Goode as well as regular coaching classes with pianist Graham Johnson and soprano Margaret Humpfrey-Clark.

As a soloist, Botes has performed in venues worldwide. He has appeared as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, Pro Musica Orchestra in Johannesburg, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra as well as the Texas Chamber Orchestra at UT Austin. He has also performed in Prague with the Hadrec Kralove Orchestra in 2003 and in 2005 he toured to Bulgaria where he played with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra in Varna.

In 2010, Botes won the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompaniment and in the same year began collaborative Piano Trio work with cellist Francesco Mastromatteo. Their first performance in October 2010 resulted in critical acclaim, winning them Prize for the best Chamber Music Recital at The University of Texas at Austin in 2011.

An equally accomplished organist, Botes won many awards in South Africa, including an Overseas Music Scholarship in Organ.

Dr. Botes holds a D.M.A in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.M from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He received another M.M. as well as his B.M. from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Marshall University in Huntington, WV where he teaches piano, conducts the Class Piano program, and teaches collaborative playing; in addition to being the collaborative artist for numerous recitals. Before Marshall, Botes was lecturing in Piano, Group and Collaborative Piano at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.


Concert Program

 

Oliver Worthington, baritone

Johan Botes, pianist

Selected Songs Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Ganymede, Op. 19 No. 3 – D 544 

Die Forelle, Op. 32, D 550

Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 – D 328

Chansons gaillardes Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

  1. La Maîtresse volage – Rondement 
  2. Chanson à boire – Adagio
  3. Madrigal – Très décidé
  4. Invocation aux Parques – Grave
  5. Couplets bachiques – Très animé
  6. L'Offrande – Modéré
  7. La Belle Jeunesse – Très animé
  8. Sérénade – Modéré

Intermission

Selected songs in Afrikaans

Die Donkerstroom Sydney Richfield (1882-1967)

Heimwee S. Le Roux Marais (1896-1976)

As ek moet sterwe, Liefste Marais

My siel is siek van haimwee P. J. Lemmer (1896-1989)

Sewe Boerneef-liedjies Pieter De Villiers (1924-2015)

  1. Blaas op die pampoenstingel
  2. Klein piedeplooi
  3. Die berggans het 'n veer laat val
  4. Waarom is die duiwel vir die slypsteen bang
  5. Aandblom is 'n witblom
  6. My koekiesveerhen jou verkereveer
  7. Doer bo teen die rant

In die stilte van my tuin Arnold Van Wyk (1916-1983)

Wynverse Hendrik Hofmeyr (b 1957) 

  1. Tango I: Die maker het die rante afgeblaai
  2. Tango II: Wanneer die korrels skugter groei
  3. Tango III: Son en water, gebede, dop en druif

Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House Tom Cipullo (b 1956)

  1. Desire
  2. Embrace
  3. Cancer
  4. Flames
  5. Putting Down the Cat
  6. Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House

A WONDERFUL FESTIVALL CONCErt OCCURED HERE ON SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019 AT 4:00 PM AND WAS FOLLOWED BY A LEGENDARY (WE WROTE THE BOOK) RECEPTION. ThERE WERE 90 PEOPLE THAT SHOWED UP, AND EVERYONE SEEMED TO HAVE A 'GRAND OLD TIME,' AS THE LAST FOLKS LEFT AT 8 pm! The gals sang flawlessly and the other musicians were seamlessly integrated into the music.

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Charleston Chamber Musicians presented “The Pleasure of Your Company” - A Vocal Chamber Concert. Taking advantage of exceptional local talent, this was a program of vocal works in chamber music settings; exquisite repertoire spanning the major tongues of Europe from the early Romantic to modern era. Sopranos Ashley Dannewitz and Elisabeth Baer paired up again and were joined by WVSO musicians Marsha Palmer, Horn; Hannah Pressley, Cello; Bob Turizziani, Clarinet; and Sandra Groce, Viola. All with Vicki Cavendish at the piano. Performed in the ideal setting for listening to any concert, the incomparable Cavendish Hall. This FestivALL concert along with all the rest of the FestivALL activities are just that many more reasons that Charleston is a much better to live place than it is painted. Our cultural scene rivals cities many times the size of this community.

ABOUT THE CONCERT!!

Quote from the PGA..."These guys are good!!"

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Charleston has some NYC quality talent that has elected to be here rather than go on to larger careers. The West Virginia Symphony is loaded with terrific players. Four of them are in this concert,  along with two world-class sopranos that will light you up! The program is intimate, light, refreshing, and sure to please.


This gal is Ashley Dannewitz.  She is a marvelous soprano with national and international credits.

The stable base is the piano...

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The key to all this music is the performers' piano collaborator.  Vicki Cavendish has over 50 years of providing solid piano skills to make the music come alive. Whether it is Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, Gershwin or really modern composers, she has the chops and the ability to make everybody sound good. And, as you will see or already know, she makes the difficult seem easy...

The Program's the Thing!

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The program features a Mendelssohn duet for two sopranos; 'The Shepherd on the Rock" by Schubert for soprano, clarinet and piano; Three Songs by Frank Bridge for soprano, viola and piano; "Elegie" by Massenet for soprano, cello and piano, "The Alphorn" by Richard Strauss for soprano, horn and piano; "Eternamante" by Ponchielli for soprano, cello and piano; and "Nocturnes" by Richard Cooke for soprano, horn and piano. A special rendition of Rossini's very famous "Duetto per due Gatti" arranged for all the instruments and singers present will surely delight the audience.


This is Elizabeth Baer.  She, too, is a marvelous soprano with national and international credits.


the players

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Marsha Palmer has spent her whole life teaching and playing the French horn. You will see and hear how good she is and how wonderful her music integrates with all the other facets when you come!

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Bob Turizziani is the principal clarinet player in the West Virginia Symphony and plays with a sweet, dulcet tone that is as lovely as anyone's, anywhere. Come and see how he adds such beauty to the pieces that he is playing.

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Sandra Armstrong-Groce has played and been dedicated to the viola all her life, and its rich tone adds immeasurably to the music. Come listen!

Interesting tidbits...

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They say that the cello is the closest thing to the human voice, and we believe it.  Especially the way that Hannah Pressley plays the instrument.  When you come, you will hear how  those sonorous notes add so much to the ambiance of the music.

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Gorgeous musical works by Brahms, Schubert, Richard Strauss, Rossini, Ponchielli, Massenet, Frank Bridge, and Richard Cooke are on the program. There is “nothing not to like!”

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Vicki plays on a 1994 Steinway Model 'B' that is 7'-0" long and weighs 750 pounds!

Last march...THOSE THAT WERE HERE, LOVED IT. IF YOU WEREN'T

Johan Botes

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Johan is scheduled to be the piano soloist with the Auburn Symphony Orchestra in Auburn, Washington in April, playing Tchaikovsky's famous piano concerto #1 in B-flat Major. This concert will feature that concerto.

Vicki Cavendish

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Every concerto performer needs an orchestra.  When there is no orchestra, it is a second piano.

In this concert, Vicki is the orchestra!

Peter I. Tchaikovsky

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One of the great composer of all times; he wrote what is considered by many to be the ULTIMATE piano concerto.

"This is," as Fred Sanford often said, "THE BIG ONE!!!" IT WAS SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019 @ 5PM. THOSE WHO CAME WERE not DISAPPOINTED!

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About The Artist

Dr. Johan Botes is known for his extraordinary versatility as a soloist, collaborative musician, and teacher; a career which has brought him recognition in concerts around the world.


A native of South Africa, Botes showed musical promise from an early age. Among many notable awards in his native country, he was the 2007 First Prize Winner of the Third UNISA/Vodacom National Piano Competition playing Rachmaninoff’s technically demanding Third Piano Concerto to a standing ovation; a performance for which he also won the Desmond Willson Memorial Prize for best concerto in the final round.


In 2008, Botes moved to Europe and continued his studies in London with British pianist Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. That year also resulted in master classes with Imogen Cooper, Alexander Rudin, Paul Lewis, Leslie Howard, Leon Fleisher and Richard Goode as well as regular coaching classes with pianist Graham Johnson and soprano Margaret Humpfrey-Clark.


As a soloist, Botes has performed in venues worldwide. He has appeared as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, Pro Musica Orchestra in Johannesburg, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra as well as the Texas Chamber Orchestra at UT Austin. He has also performed in Prague with the Hadrec Kralove Orchestra in 2003 and in 2005 he toured to Bulgaria where he played with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra in Varna.


In 2010, Botes won the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Scholarship Competition in Piano Accompaniment and in the same year began collaborative Piano Trio work with cellist Francesco Mastromatteo. Their first performance in October 2010 resulted in critical acclaim, winning them Prize for the best Chamber Music Recital at The University of Texas at Austin in 2011.


An equally accomplished organist, Botes won many awards in South Africa, including an Overseas Music Scholarship in Organ.


Dr. Botes holds a D.M.A in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.M from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He received another M.M. as well as his B.M. from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Marshall University in Huntington, WV where he teaches piano, conducts the Class Piano program, and teaches collaborative playing; in addition to being the collaborative artist for numerous recitals. Before Marshall, Botes was lecturing in Piano, Group and Collaborative Piano at The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.



Some artists who have performed recently...

Liederabend with Ashley Dannewitz, Elisabeth Baer and Vicki Berneking-Cavendish

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On Friday, Nov 9, 2018, these local Charleston musicians presented a beautiful evening of German songs and duets!  70 people had a wonderful time listening to two marvelous sopranos sing an evening of German lieder and, true to form, the reception with wine and cheese and various goodies lasted almost twice as long as the concert and everybody had a wonderful time. 

Here is a look at their program:

 

Maiglöckchen und die Blümelien, Op. 63, No. 6


Du bist die Ruh, Op. 59, No. 3 

Gretchen am Spinnrade, Op. 2  

An die Musik, Op. 88, No. 4


Wie Melodien zieht es, Op. 105, No. 1  

Der Tod das is die Kuhle Nacht, Op. 96, No. 1    

Von ewiger Liebe, Op. 43, No. 1


Frauenliebe und leben, Op. 42  

Seit ich ihn gesehen    

Er, der Herrlichste von allen

Ich kann’s nicht fassen

Du Ring an meinem Finger

Helft mir, ihr Schwestern

Süßer Freund, ju Blickest

An meinem Herzen

Nun hast du mir der ersten Schmerz getan


Vier Duette, Op. 61

Die Schwestern

Klosterfräulein

Phänomen

Die Boten der Liebe

Chamber Music Concert

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On Sunday October 7, 2018, we kicked off the 2018-2019 musical season with a chamber music concert featuring Charleston's own Ian Jessee, violin, along with two other string players, Susan Lamb Cook, cello and Istvan Polonyi, viola, of Budapest, Hungary.  Susan is from southern California. Also on the program is Vicki Berneking-Cavendish, piano, co-proprietor of Cavendish Hall, and Isabella Lee, violin, one of Ian's students. They performed three chamber works from Austrian and Hungarian composers to a standing-room audience of 90!.

Here was the program:


Kismarton String Trio with Guests

“The Empire Strikes Back”

Music of composers from the Austro-Hungarian Empire area

Ian Jessee, violin

István Polónyi, viola

Susan Lamb Cook, cello

With special guest Vicki Berneking-Cavendish, piano & Isabella Yee, violin


Serenade in C major, Op. 10 by Ernö Dohnányi (1877-1960)

         I. Marcia: Allegro

         II.Romanza: Adagio non troppo

         III.Scherzo: Vivace

         IV. Tema con variazioni: Andante con mot

         V. Rondo (Finale): Allegro vivace


Quartet for Strings and Piano by Rezsö Sugár (1919-1998)

         I. Allegro

         II. Andante

         III. Vivo


String Trio in E-flat major, Op. 3 by Ludwig Von Beethoven (1770-1827)

         I. Allegro con brio

         II. Andante

         III. Menuetto: Allegretto

         IV. Adagio

         V. Menuetto: Moderato

         VI. Finale: Allegro

Ching-Wen Hsiao Piano Recital

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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.


Partrick Carfizzi, Bass-Baritone

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 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, Piano

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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, Piano

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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!!"

Sianburg Trio Thrills Audience!

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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!


 

ANOTHER BARN BURNER!!!


On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at Cavendish Hall, we welcomed 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 came back, as we all enjoyed having him then, and invited him to return.

The music was Brahms and Bruch sonatas and trios for those instruments, and was well enjoyed by the crowd.

As usual, we had a reception following the 3PM concert and everyone is invited to stay. Punch and cookies, wine and cheese and assorted goodies!

This was  a FestivAll sponsored event. There was no charge, however, donations are always accepted.


OUR MOST RECENT CONCERT LAST NOVEMBER!

This one was terrific!

 

IF YOU WEREN'T THERE, YOU MISSED Henning Vauth, a German pianist and WVMTA Teacher of the Year 2017 in Concert November 16, 2018. He played a wonderful 75 minute piano recital featuring the works of Schubert, Schumann, Pfitzner, Liszt, Petit and Debussy.  The crowd of 65 people loved it, and as always, the reception carried on for TWO HOURS!


 Henning Vauth serves as Associate Professor of Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Co-Director of the Center for Wellness in the Arts, and Program Director of the School of Music (Interim, 2018/19) at Marshall University in West Virginia. He is President-Elect of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (U.S. National Music Honor Society).

 

A laureate of international piano competitions in Italy and Norway, IBLA and Concours Grieg, Henning Vauth has performed in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. His professional engagements in 2018 include the National Taiwan University of the Arts in Taiwan, the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, the International Summer Academy of Music “Lüneburger Heide” in Germany, the Global Summer Institute of Music in Richmond, Virginia, the Festival of the American Liszt Society in Greenville, South Carolina, the True Unity Concert Series in Chicago, and competition adjudication for the Music Teachers National Association (Eastern and Southern Division). He also just finished a sabbatical project, part of which included the preparation of a performance edition of the piano reduction for two works for flute and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to be published in Taiwan with a preface by world-renowned flutist Pierre-Yves Artaud in winter 2018.  

Henning Vauth holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, USA), in addition to further degrees and certificates in piano performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (Hannover, Germany), the Ecole Normale de Musique "Alfred Cortot" (Paris, France), and Western Michigan University. He studied piano under Nelita True, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, and Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and harpsichord under William Porter. Master classes with Philippe Entremont.

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