June 7,8,9, 15,16 2019
Ticket cost: Free – open seating
Since 1992, the Bergonzi String Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where all four performers are faculty members: Scott Flavin (violin), Evija Ozolias (violin), Chauncey Patterson (viola) and Ross Harbaugh (cello). Prior to joining the Quartet, the four members were part of the New World, Pro Arte, Miami, and Ellis String Quartets, and have collective performing experience with concerts through-out Europe, U.K., North and South America, New Zealand, and Asia. The quartet performs masterworks, premieres, new compositions, and presents original repertoire, in programming that delight audiences around the globe. It has released seven recordings.
Over this weekend they will perform An American Story. An American Story follows couples through time, all connected to this beautiful nation we all call home. Our story starts with Mike and Karen, a young couple living in modern day Appalachia. When they stumble across a chest filled with letters from Karen’s great-great grandfather from the 1800’s, they begin a delve into her family history, and uncover timeless tales of romance and wanderlust, stories of insurmountable challenges and unstoppable determination, but most importantly, the story of America and her proud, free people. Through a series of vignettes between beautiful compositions, we follow Karen’s ancestry first hand as these letters lost to the ages come to life before the audience.
Rafael Padron,Classical Guitarist, from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music)
The Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival will present six free concerts in Blue Ridge in June. Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 PM at Blue Ridge Community Theater (2591 E. 1st Street), will feature Classical Guitarist, Rafael Padron, the Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Miami’s Frost School of music.
Cuban-born guitarist, Rafael Padrón, brings an extensive and diverse career as both an artist and educator to his role as Program Director of Classical Guitar at the Frost School of Music. An innovative and passionate performer, he has been featured both solo and with orchestra in numerous cities throughout the world. His credits include work with such stellar ensembles as the Symphony Orchestra of Matanzas, Cuba, the Ayacucho Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and The Panamerican Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C.
As an artist who is constantly in demand, he has headlined the International Festival of the Guitar in Havana, Cuba, the Festival Iberoamericano de Guitarra in Tenerife in Spain, and Brno International Guitar Festival in the Czech Republic. Among his many accolades, Mr. Padrón has received major honors from numerous national and international competitions, including the Best Interpretation of Latin American Music in Havana, Cuba, and top prizes from the National Guitar Competition in Havana and the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center Recital Series Competitions in the United States.
Rafael Padron will perform one day only, Sunday June 9, at 2:00 PM at the Blue Ridge Community Theater (2591 East First Street). All Blue Ridge Chamber Music Festival Concerts are Free to the Public with no reserved seating, and are co-marketed with the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce. For more information check BRCMF.org
First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge Youth Center (3101 E. 1st Street)
Thursday June 6, at 2:00 Children’s Concert for Fannin Public Library, Telemann: Gulliver’s Suite with Reading
At Your Blue Ridge Community Theater (2591 E. 1st Street)
Friday June 7 & Saturday June 8, at 7:30 Bergonzi String Quartet, Appalachian inspired music. Dvorak, Glass, Copland, & Pieter with premiere of An American Story, a play set to music by Scott Flavin
Sunday June 9, at 2:00 Rafael Padron, Pasión: Romantic Classical Guitar Music from Latin America
At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (7 Ewing Street, Blue Ridge, GA)
Saturday June 15, at 7:00 Pulse Trio, compositions from Stravinsky, Milhaud, Debussy, & Telemann
Sunday June 16, 3:00 Chamber Concert, Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, & Piano performances of Reade, Liszt, Taktakishvili, & Franck