| 13th Annual Festival Coming: June 12 - 28, 2015


The Festival

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  • Friday, June 13

    7:30 PM — The Old Church, Portland

    PORTLAND PREVIEW in THE OLD CHURCH

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    Oregon Symphony Concertmaster SARAH KWAK and cellist SERGEY ANTONOV, Gold Medal prizewinner of Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, join pianist CARY LEWIS and Festival artists for a very special opening matinee.

    Dohnanyi — CELLO SONATA IN B-FLAT MAJOR, Op. 8
    Grieg – VIOLIN SONATA IN C MINOR, OP. 45
    Brahms — PIANO TRIO No. 1 IN B MAJOR, Op. 8

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    7:30 PM — Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    PRE-FESTIVAL SHOWCASE: ASTORIA ON STAGE

    Our small coastal town boasts a thriving community of artists, poets and fine avocational ensembles. Don’t miss this pre-festival showcase of classical and pops music featuring local groups and soloists in a Benefit Concert to support the restoration of the historic Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center.

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    Saturday, June 14

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    4:00 PM  Liberty Theater

    CELEBRITY MATINEE RECITAL

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    Oregon Symphony Concertmaster SARAH KWAK and cellist SERGEY ANTONOV, Gold Medal prizewinner of Moscow’s prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, join pianist CARY LEWIS for a very special opening matinee.

    Program as June 13th Portland Preview

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    7:30 PM — Liberty Theater

    GALA OPENING OPERA IN CONCERT: VERDI’S “LA TRAVIATA” 
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    The Metropolitan Opera’s spectacular ANGELA MEADE and baritone RICHARD ZELLER return to the Astoria Festival for Verdi’s tuneful tragedy.

    Young American tenor JOHN MATTHEW MYERS makes his Astoria debut.

    “People in the opera world travel miles to hear a voice like Angela Meade’s… Spectacular.” —BALTIMORE SUN

    ANGELA MEADE — Violetta
    JOHN MATTHEW MYERS — Alfredo
    RICHARD ZELLER — Germont
    KEITH CLARK — Conductor

    Astoria Music Festival Vocal Apprentice Artists
    North Coast Chorale, Denise Reed, Director
    Astoria Music Festival Orchestra

     

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    Sunday, June 15

     

    Noon — Peace Lutheran Church

    CANTATAS, COFFEE AND CROISSANTS #1

    Young Artist Vocal and Instrumental Recital (Free Admission)

     

    4:00 PM — Liberty Theater

    SYMPHONIC SUNDAY: STRAUSS AT 150: MOZART and STRAUSS 

    Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Strauss’s birth with an afternoon of glorious music. Metropolitan Opera soprano AMBER WAGNER returns to her native state, where her rendition of FOUR LAST SONGS mesmerized Oregon Symphony audiences last season. SARAH KWAK plays a concerto by Strauss’s favorite composer.

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    AMBER WAGNER — Soprano
    SARAH KWAK — Violin
    KEITH CLARK — Conductor
    AMY HANSEN – Soprano
    ANGELA NIEDERLOH — Mezzo Soprano

    Wagner displayed the essence and command of an artist of twice her experience. Her voice poured forth rhapsodically in exquisitely phrased lines” THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES

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    PROGRAM:

    STRAUSS — DON JUAN, Op. 20
    MOZART — VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 4
    STRAUSS — FOUR LAST SONGS

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    Final Trio from DER ROSENKAVALIER
            AMBER WAGNER — Die Marschallin
            AMY HANSEN — Sophie
            ANGELA NIEDERLOH — Octavian

  • Tuesday, June 17

    7:30 PM — Liberty laTheater

    CLASSIC SILENT FILM WITH ORGAN
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    The Liberty Theater returns to its silent movie roots with Buster Keaton’s classic THE GENERAL (1926), complete with authentic accompaniment on the Mighty Rodgers Organ. Filmed in Cottage Grove, the film featured 500 extras from the Oregon National Guard, and ranks high on Roger Ebert’s list of history’s “Top Ten Greatest Movies.”

    BOB SALISBURY – Theater Organist (Los Angeles)
    World-renowned Theater Organist, Bob Salisbury played on a nightly basis before each movie at the Avalon Theater on Catalina Island before launching an international award-winning career.

    A Special Rodgers Organ Concert to benefit the Astoria Music Festival
    Underwritten by Rodgers Instruments

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    Wednesday, June 18

    7:30 PM — Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    BASICALLY BAROQUE: THE LEGEND OF ARIADNE

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    Coast Community Radio’s Joanne Rideout tells the legend of the Goddess (or was she a Mortal?), who knew the mysteries of the Labyrinth, was abandoned on the island Naxos by her lover, and ultimately rescued and wed by Dionysus (a.k.a. “Bacchus”), God of Pleasure and Wine. Featuring vocal and instrumental music inspired by this ancient tale.

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    PROGRAM:

    Monteverdi — The Lament of Ariadne (from L’ARIANNA)
    .          AMY HANSEN – Soprano

    Lawes — Ariadne’s Lament: “Theseus, Oh Theseus!”
    .          AMY HANSEN – Soprano

    Locatelli — Concerto Grosso, Op.VII No.6
    .          On Monteverdi’s “Ariadne’s Lament”

    .          NOAH STRICK – Violin Solo

    Sondheim — “Ariadne” from the musical THE FROGS 
    .          DEAC GUIDI — Baritone

    Haydn — Solo Cantata: ARIANNA A NAXOS, H. XXVIb No. 2
    .          ANGELA NIEDERLOH — Mezzo-soprano

    Johann Georg Conradi — Music and Dances from
    .          DIE SCHÖNE UND GETREUE ARIADNE (1691) West Coast Premiere

    APPRENTICE ARTISTS with BAROQUE INSTRUMENTS and DANCE

    The opera “The Beautiful and True Ariadne” is a masterpiece of German High Baroque, combining florid Italian vocal style with lavish dances of the French Court and brilliant orchestral music. A hit at its Hamburg premiere (the young Handel played second violin in later performances), the opera was lost and forgotten for 300 years until its recent rediscovery.

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    Thursday, June 19

    7:30 PM — Liberty Theater

    3 LEG TORSO
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    Portland’s hippest eclectic chamber band, 3 Leg Torso creates charming, elegant and daring modern chamber pop music infused with equal parts tradition and innovation. Evoking tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful arrangements.

    “Astonishing musicianship, timeless yet wholly original songcraft…”

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  • Friday, June 20

    7:30 PM — Liberty Theater

    ASTORIA MUSIC FESTIVAL ALL-STARS

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    ASTORIA FESTIVAL CHAMBER PLAYERS

    CARY LEWIS – Director and Piano
    INÉS VOGLAR BELGIQUE – Violin
    NELLY KOVALEV – Violin
    ANTHEA KRESTON – Violin
    JOËL BELGIQUE – Viola
    CHARLES NOBLE – Viola
    SERGEY ANTONOV – Cello
    JASON DUCKLES – Cello
    MELISSA PENA – Oboe
    MARK DUBAC – Clarinet
    ADAM TRUSSEL – Bassoon
    MIKE HETTWER – Horn

    PROGRAM:

    Mozart — QUINTET IN E-FLAT MAJOR, K 452, for Piano and Winds
    Korngold — PIANO QUINTET IN E MAJOR, Op 15
    Schubert — STRING QUINTET IN C MAJOR, D. 956

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    Saturday, June 21

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    11:00 AM — Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    CLASSICS 4 KIDS #1
    UNCLE CARY’S MUSIC CIRCUS

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    .Concert for Families and Children
    (Free Admission)

    NANCY MONTGOMERY tells the story of
    Babar The Elephant with pianist
    CARY LEWIS and Musical Friends.

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    4:00 PM — Liberty Theater

    THE KING OF INSTRUMENTS: AN ORGAN MATINEE

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    HECTOR OLIVERA — Organist.

    A thrilling afternoon of musical fireworks featuring one of the world’s greatest organists performing on a mighty concert organ generously provided by Rodgers Instruments Corporation for this event.

    A Special Rodgers Organ Concert to benefit the Astoria Music Festival – Underwritten by Rodgers Instruments

    “It is totally impossible, in print, to adequately describe and do justice to the brilliance of his technique.”
    — Organ Society Magazine

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    7:30 PM — Liberty Theater

    OPERA IN CONCERT: STRAUSS at 150: “ARIADNE AUF NAXOS”

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    Not heard in Oregon for nearly fifty years, Strauss’s operatic mash-up juxtaposes high-minded opera with ribald comedy. The richest man in Vienna has invited you to a party, for which he’s commissioned a new opera – a tragedy of the jilted Ariadne – and a comic farce, “The Fickle Zerbinetta and her Four Lovers,” But dinner’s running late, so we’ll save time and present them simultaneously, resulting in some of history’s most glorious music, brilliant coloratura, arching melodies, and a kaleidoscope of lush orchestral color.

    Portland-born, London-based pianist Andrew Brownell opens the festivities with a concerto by Strauss’s favorite composer.

    Mozart — PIANO CONCERTO No. 21
    Strauss — ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
    PART TWO: THE OPERA
    Semi-staged, sung in German

    ANDREW BROWNELL — Piano
    MARIE PLETTE — Soprano (Ariadne)
    ALLAN GLASSMAN — Tenor (Bacchus)
    MARIA ALEIDA — Soprano (Zerbinetta)
    MATHEW HAYWARD — Baritone (Harlequin)
    JAMES WALTERS — Tenor (Brigella)
    DEAC GUIDI — Baritone (Truffaldino)
    DAWN WOLSKI — Soprano (Naiad)
    KELLEY BRANDT — Soprano (Echo)
    ANGELA NIEDERLOH — Mezzo—Soprano (Dryad)

    Astoria Music Festival Orchestra
    KEITH CLARK, CONDUCTOR

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    Sunday, June 22

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    Noon — First Presbyterian Church

    CANTATAS, COFFEE AND CROISSANTS #2

    Young Artist Vocal and Instrumental Recital (Free Admission)

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    4:00 PM — Liberty Theater

    SYMPHONY SUNDAY: A SONIC SPECTACULAR: ORGAN SYMPHONY
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    SERGEY ANTONOV — Cello
    HECTOR OLIVERA — Organ
    KEITH CLARK — Conductor

    Spectacular sonorities fill the hall when acclaimed Argentinian organist Hector Olivera joins Keith Clark for a Romantic French masterpiece. Russian Gold Medal cellist Sergey Antonov plays the world’s favorite cello concerto.

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    PROGRAM:

    Dvorak — CELLO CONCERTO, Op. 104
    Guilmant — SYMPHONY NO. 1 (For Organ and Large Orchestra)

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    SPECIAL EVENTS and ADULT CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP

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    Monday, June 23

    7:00 PM — Grace Episcopal Church

    Music Around Town (free)

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    Tuesday, June 24

    5:00 PM — Lum’s Auto Center

    Music Around Town (Free)

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    Wednesday, June 25

    7:30 PM — Banker’s Suite

    Donor and Sponsor Recognition Night
    SCHUBERTIADE AT THE BANKER’S SUITE

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    An intimate evening of Viennese chamber music
    and song in the style of a Romantic Era salon,
    featuring soprano AMY HANSEN and Festival Artists
    in music by Schubert and a bouquet of Strausses:
    Johann Father, Son and distantly related Richard.

    Post-concert Strudel and Coffee mit Schlag!

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    By Invitation: Donors of $1,000 and above.

    For information on supporting the Festival, phone 503.325.9896

  • Friday, June 27

    7:30 PM — Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    STARS OF TOMORROW: YOUNG ARTISTS OPERA
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    Fully Staged Production of

    MOZART’S COSÌ FAN TUTTI

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    Since 2003, our Apprentice Vocal Artist Program has provided training to outstanding young opera singers, and our alumni now pursue impressive careers. Hear tomorrow’s stars in a opera to be selected following national auditions, continuing a tradition that includes The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and Gianni Schicchi.

    Vocal Faculty Includes:

    MARIE PLETTE — Metropolitan, San Francisco and Seattle Opera Soprano

    KAREN ESQUIVEL — Contralto, Past Director: Compañía Lírica Nacional de Costa Rica

    ALLAN GLASSMAN — Metropolitan Opera Tenor; Vocal Faculty, Music Conservatory, Roosevelt University, Chicago

    RICHARD ZELLER — Metropolitan Opera Baritone; Vocal Faculty, Biola University Conservatory, Los Angeles

    Coaching and Conducting Faculty Includes:

    PAUL FLOYD — Director of Musical Studies Assistant Conductor and Coach, Los Angeles Opera; UCLA

    MARK ROBSON — Concert pianist and coach, Los Angeles Opera

    GUSTAVO CASTRO — Co-Director and Principal Coach, Opera Nova, Costa Rica; Eugene Opera

    OLIVIA TSUI — Music Director, Los Angeles Virtuosi, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra

    KEITH CLARK — Artistic Director, Astoria Music Festival

    Stage Directors Include:

    KAREN ESQUIVEL — Director, Opera Nova, Costa Rica and University of Oregon Opera. Director: Così fan tutte

    NOEL KORAN — General Director: Tacoma Opera. Audition Workshop

    AGNIESKA LASKA — Angnieszka Laska Dancers: Choreographer

    Language Teachers Include:

    DR. WILLIAM FISCHER — Professor of German, Portland State University

    NOTE: Young Artist Repertoire is dependent on enrollment and is subject to change.

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    Saturday, June 28

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    11:00 AM — Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    CLASSICS 4 KIDS #2

    TROLL RADIO REVIEW & OPERA FOR FAMILIES

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    .Concert for Families and Children

    (Free Admission)

    KMUN’s Troll Radio Revue hosted by

    DEBBIE TWOMBLY and featuring the Troll,

    Stinky Toadwort, Troll Radio Theater,

    and Music Festival Apprentice Opera Stars

    in fun-filled opera scenes.

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    4:00 PM — Liberty Theater

    Last Chance Happy Hour! CELEBRITY CHAMBER MUSIC MATINEE

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    It’s a String Summit, featuring the return of violinists MARTIN CHALIFOUR, Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and JEFF THAYER, Concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony, with the Festivals Cello Hero SERGEY ANTONOV and pianist CARY LEWIS, Director of Chamber Music.

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    Korngold — SUITE for Two Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand, Op. 23

    Chausso — PIANO TRIO, Op. 3

    Milhaud — SONATA for Two Violins and Piano, Op.15

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    7:30 PM — Liberty Theater

    SPONTANEOUS FANTASIA and the AGNIESZKA LASKA DANCERS

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    By popular demand, two of the Festival’s most popular shows combine for a night of New Media Futuristic Art and Modern Dance, featuring Academy-Award winning technical wizard J-WALT and Portland’s award-winning Agnieszka Laska Dancers, whose RITE OF SPRING was a highlight last summer.

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    THE CHOPIN PROJECT — Preludes and a Nocturne for Solo Piano and Dancers

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    ALEXANDRE DOSSIN — Piano
    THE AGNIESZKA LASKA DANCERS
    THE AGNIESZKA LASKA — Concept and Choreography

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    A Multi-Generational Night

    Prepare to be amazed by J-WALT’s real-time animated movie improvised. If you’re old enough to remember Pink Floyd’s Laser Light Shows or young enough to master Grand Theft Auto V, this show’s for you. Bring the kids. Or your parents!

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    Program to include VIVALDI’s “The Four Seasons”

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    OLIVIA TSUI — Violinist and Conductor
    APPRENTICE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

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    Sunday, June 29

    2:00 PM — Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center (PAC)

    YOUNG ARTIST OPERA (Performance #2)

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    Fully Staged Production of

    MOZART’S COSÌ FAN TUTTI

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    SEE PROGRAM INFORMATION ABOVE, FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 27

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    NOTE: Young Artist Repertoire is dependent on enrollment and is subject to change.

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