| Reserve the Dates! June 13 - 29, 2014


The Festival

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  • Friday, June 13

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    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.

     
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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.

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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 — Church Location TBA

    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
    SARAK KWAK — Violin
    KEITH CLARK — Conductor
    ANGELA MEADE — Soprano
    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 Theater

    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 — Liberty Theater

    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

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

    .          Baroque Violin Soloist TBA

    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

    Festival Chamber Players, Cary Lewis, Piano and Director

    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

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    Concert for Families and Children

    (Free Admission)

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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)
    JACQUELINE SHODA-IWASAKI — 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 — Church Location TBA

    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: CHURCH WINDOWS.

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    SERGEY ANTONOV — Cello
    HECTOR OLIVERA — Organ
    KEITH CLARK — Conductor

    STEREOPHILE MAGAZINE called Keith Clark’s CD of Respghi’s Church Windows ”The best symphonic recording I have heard, bar none…a stupendous recording of a probably-definitive performance.” Hear this brilliant score in the Liberty Theater’s vibrant acoustic, along with Sergey Antonov’s rendition of the world’s favorite cello concerto, and the sonic spectacular of organist Hector Olivera & the mighty Rodgers Organ.

    PROGRAM:

    Richard Strauss — SOLEMN PROCESSION OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. JOHN  (For Organ, Brass, and Percussion With members of the Festival Brass Workshop)

    Dvorak — Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

    Respighi — CHURCH WINDOWS (For Organ and Large Orchestra)

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    SPECIAL EVENTS and ADULT CHAMBER MUSIC CAMP

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    Tuesday, June 24

    7:30 PM — TBA

    PROGRAMS AND LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

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    Wednesday, June 25

    7:30 PM — TBA

    PROGRAMS AND LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

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    Thursday, June 26

    7:30 PM — TBA

    PROGRAMS AND LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

     

  • Friday, June 27

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

    YOUNG ARTIST OPERA: THE MAGIC FLUTE PART II: “DAS LABYRINTH”
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    A “Heroic-Comic” Opera in Two Acts (1798)
    Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
    Music by Peter von Winter
    Sung in German with English dialogue and Super Text

    WEST COAST PREMIERE

    The familiar plot thickens in this long-lost sequel to DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE: Prince Tamino and Pamina face new trials; the Queen of the Night (“Luna”) plots revenge against Sarastro; Papageno and Papagena have a nest full of kids. Revived by the Salzburg Festival in 2012, you can hear it now, featuring some of America’s finest emerging talents.

    Stage Director — NATHAN HULL
    Conductors — OLIVIA TSUI and KEITH CLARK
    Choreography — AGNIESZKA LASKA
    Vocal Coaching — RUTH ANN SWENSON
    Music Preparation — PAUL FLOYD, JOSÉ MELÉNDEZ, MARK ROBSON
    German Instructor — WILLIAM FISCHER

    ASTORIA MUSIC FESTIVAL APPRENTICE
    VOCAL ARTISTS AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
    Maddox Dance Studio Little Ballet Theatre,
              Jeanne Peterson, Director
    Astoria Music Festival Children’s Chorus
              Lisa Nelson, Director

    Presented in collaboration with Amore Opera, New York.

    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: OPERA FOR KIDS – IT’S GRAND! 

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    Concert for Families and Children

    (Free Admission)

     

    KMUN Troll Radio Review Presents Apprentice Vocal Artists in entertaining scenes from the World of Opera.

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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.

    Program To Be Announced

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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.

    APPRENTICE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
    OLIVIA TSUI — Violinist and Conductor

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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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    Sunday, June 29

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

    YOUNG ARTIST OPERA (Performance #2) 

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    A “Heroic-Comic” Opera in Two Acts (1798)
    Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
    Music by Peter von Winter
    Sung in German with English dialogue and Super Text

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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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