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Schoolhouse Music Evenings


Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012

By: Laura Kath (Expired article)

Los Olivos, CA -

The public is invited to attend the concluding performance in the 31st annual “Schoolhouse Music Evenings” concert series at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8:00pm.

The featured performers are Helen Callus, Violist and Max Levinson, Pianist. “Music for the Ages” will be featured including J.S. Bach (1890-1847) Gamba Sonata in D; Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Sonata in C Minor, Frank Bridge'(1879-1942) Valse Russe & Romanze from Miniatures, and Hindemith (1895-1953) Sonata for Viola and Piano.

Plus, a special bonus concert with Pianist Max Levinson has been added this season. Mr. Levinson will be performing solo on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2:30pm; works include Beethoven's Sonata in G, two Chopin Nocturnes and a Ballade and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

On Friday, March 16, 2012, doors open at 7:30pm with the concert beginning at 8:00pm. Individual general admission concert tickets for Friday, March 16, 2012 are $20 each. On Sunday, March 18, 2012, doors open at 2:00pm for the concert beginning at 2:30pm with tickets specially priced at $15 each. Tickets will be sold at the door, subject to availability—advance purchases are recommended. Discounted student tickets are also available; all tickets are on sale now at The Book Loft, 1680 Mission Drive in Solvang or by contacting Music Director Rose Knoles directly at 805-688-4933 or at the Church office at (805) 688-4454 or info@smitv.org.

Priest and Rector Rev. Dr. Randall Day remarked, “St. Mark’s is delighted to bring world-class music to the Santa Ynez Valley. The phenomenal musicians that have already performed in this year’s series—The Pacific Trio and the Crown City Brass Quintet—offered audiences an extraordinary listening experience without a drive to Los Angeles or San Francisco. We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Callus and Mr. Levinson to conclude our 31st year of distinguished artists performing in the superior acoustics of our church.”

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Schoolhouse Music Evenings originated in the historic Los Olivos school building on the nearby Dunn School campus, thus giving the series its name. The church is located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue at the corner of Alamo Pintado Avenue in downtown Los Olivos. Series originator and St. Mark’s Church music director Rose Knoles comments, “We are grateful for the continuing support and increasing participation of music enthusiasts in our area. St. Mark’s is thrilled to continue offering a first-rate venue for musical excellence.”

About the Artists:

Violist Helen Callus, a recitalist, chamber music collaborator and concerto soloist, has delighted audiences in major cities around the world including those of Russia, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Canada and extensively throughout the USA. A native of Kent, England, Callus graduated from The Royal Academy of Music in London and currently serves as Professor of Viola at the University of California-Santa Barbara. American Record Guide stated, “She is one of the world’s greatest violists…her playing so deeply felt that the music’s message goes straight to the heart.” For a complete bio and images, visit www.helencallus.com.

Max Levinson was born in the Netherlands, raised in Los Angeles and began studying piano at age five. His first teachers were Bruce Sutherland and Aube Tzerko, and as a child he also studied cello, composition and conducting. He attended Harvard University, graduating cum laude with a degree in English Literature, and later completed his graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Boston Pops, Los Angeles and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland amongst others.

The Boston Globe proclaimed, “The questioning, conviction, and feeling in his playing invariably reminds us of the deep reasons why music is important to us, why we listen to it, why we care so much about it". See: Max Levinson Bio.





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