Upcoming concert of the week:
Saturday, March 1st, 7:30 p.m.
“The brilliant, young Armenian mezzo soprano, Garineh Avakian, sings music of Schumann and Poulenc, accompanied by the sensitive pianism of Vika Simonian.” Cost: $20.
Franz Schubert was born on January 31st, 1797. Because of this, Pasadena Schubertiade schedules their concerts in the months immediately following. On Valentine’s Day, the season opened with a romantic evening, A Voxfire Valentine. This Friday’s concert will feature Robert Thies, a local who is the first American (1995) to win first prize in the Prokofiev International Competition in St. Petersburg. He will be playing Schubert’s Sonata in B flat major, D. 960.
James Cushing of New Times SLO (San Luis Obispo) calls Thies “a gifted and humble virtuoso” with “an astonishing level of piano artistry.”
Escott Norton, Executive Director of Pasadena Schubertiade, remarked that, “This is our third annual festival, and while we are not yet well known, we are producing beautiful concerts with the best local musicians. Our goal is to provide the finest chamber music in a relaxed, informal environment. Our musicians are approachable and friendly, and we strike to make a personal connection with our audience.”
Co-founder and Artistic Director of Pasadena Schubertiade is Stephen Grimm.
Sunday, April 13th, 4 p.m.
Winners of the Collegiate Lieder and High School Lieder competitions will perform and receive their awards. Cost: $20.
Sunday, April 27th, 3 p.m. – fundraiser
Trout Quintet & Shepherd on the Rock will perform “two of Schubert’s sunniest works” at the private Altadena home of Fritzie Culick; with Elissa Johnston, soprano; Robert Edward Thies, pianist; and Gary Bovyer, clarinet. Admission is $100 per person with seating limited to sixty persons. Proceeds will benefit the Lieder competition winners.