Dear friends of the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival,
Come please and join our 10th anniversary celebration of chamber music from the Renaissance through the mid 19th century: three concerts at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport, all on period instruments this year, which bring to the Quad Cities a number of well-known artists, including soprano Terri Richter from Nashville who appears fresh from a 12-concert tour around the country, Oleg Timofeyev on lute, guitar and viola da gamba, festival director Jeffrey Cohan on flutes from the 16th through the 19th centuries, and three University of Iowa professors who specialize in the performance of early music on period instruments: harpsichordist and organist Gregory Hand, violist Christine Rutledge, and Kristin Thelander on natural horn. Please alert your Iowa City friends, as we'll be performing there as well.
The 10th anniversary festival is dedicated to conductor, pianist, harpsichordist and frequent Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival artist George Shangrow, who died on July 31 when another car entered his lane in a storm in Eastern Washington. As a conductor, keyboardist and radio host he had immense influence in shaping the classical music scene in the Pacific Northwest over the past 40 years, and he touched the lives of many in the Quad Cities and Iowa City through concerts in the Quad Cities beginning in 1988. He was to perform in this year's festival. Please see www.osscs.org for more information about George.
~ The Artists ~
www.terririchter.com · Oleg Timofeyev · Gregory Hand
www.jeffreycohan.com · Kristin Thelander · www.christinerutledge.com
www.johnschneiderman.com · www.hidekiyamaha.com
Thursday, October 21 at 7:30 PM at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport:
· The INTIMATE LUTE & FLUTE:
Irish, Scottish and Continental Renaissance and Baroque
? October 20 (Wednesday) at 7:30 PM in Iowa City
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque and renaissance flutes
Oleg Timofeyev ~ lute
- From Ukraine to Iowa! Jeffrey Cohan and Oleg Timofeyev toured all over Ukraine earlier this year with a similar program, including Irish music from around 1700 by the blind Irish harper Turlough Carolan and Scottish favorites arranged for solo lute. In the early 1600's, Lutenist Nicolas Vallet and flutist Jacob Van Eyck wrote beautiful settings of Psalm tunes, and Oleg and Jeffrey recreate what a collaboration between the two might have been like. When Italian music was all the rage in France in the 1730's, a sneaky Frenchman named Esprit Philippe Chedeville faked a collection of flute sonatas entitled Il Pastor Fido ("The Faithful Pastor") that everyone thought was by Antonio Vivaldi until recently. You'll hear one of these.
Friday, October 22 at 7:30 PM at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport:
· The 19TH-CENTURY RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE:
Chamber Music for Flute, Viola And Horn with the Russian Guitar
? October 15 (Friday) at 7:00 PM in Iowa City (7:30 in Davenport on the 22nd)
Kristen Thelander ~ natural horn
Christine Rutledge ~ viola
Jeffrey Cohan ~ eight-keyed flute
Oleg Timofeyev ~ Russian 7-string guitar
- Hear most unusual and exciting trios for horn, flute and guitar by German composer C. Dickhut, and for flute, viola and guitar by the Bohemian composer Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, with duos and solo by Italian guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani and Russian composers. We'll recreate an 1820 performance of hot-off-the-press chamber music from Europe and Russia, as it would have been performed on the relatively new (in 1800) Russian 7-string guitar, with Oleg Timofeyev along with two specialists on period instruments and University of Iowa professors: Kristen Thelander on the natural horn and Christine Rutledge on viola, with Jeffrey Cohan playing an 8-keyed flute made in 1820 in London.
· Sunday afternoon, October 24 at 3:00 PM at Trinity Cathedral in Davenport:
LOVE TO GEORGE! - FROM JOHANN & GEORGE:
A Bach and Handel Tribute to George Shangrow
? October 23 (Saturday) at 7:30 PM in Iowa City
Terri Richter ~ soprano
Gregory Hand ~ harpsichord
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute
Oleg Timofeyev ~ lute and viola da gamba
- Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friderick Handel, whose music our friend George Shangrow championed, will be interpreted by the fabulous soprano Terri Richter, who often worked with George and Jeffrey and is flying in from Nashville following an intensive October tour around the country. Terri will be joined by harpsichordist Gregory Hand, professor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Iowa. Oleg Timofeyev will play lute and viola da gamba, and Jeffrey Cohan will play baroque flute with Terri and Gregory in excerpts from Handel's gorgeous Nine German Arias and Sweet Bird, That Shunn'st The Noise Of Folly, and Bach arias including Ich folge dir gleichfalls from the St. John Passion and excerpts from Bach's Coffee Cantata. Terri will also sing 17th-century Italian lute songs by Mazzocchi, Monteverdi and Rossi. For George.
· THE BAROQUE AND THE ORIGINS OF THE RUSSIAN GUITAR
? October 17 (Sunday afternoon) at 3:00 PM in Iowa City only:
John Schneiderman ~ lute, baroque guitar and Russian guitar
Hideki Yamaya ~ theorbo, baroque guitar and Russian guitar
Oleg Timofeyev ~ lute, viola da gamba and Russian guitar
Kristen Thelander ~ natural horn
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute
- This extravaganza of plucked ancestors of the Russian 7-string guitar features baroque and renaissance lutes, theorbo (a long-necked lute) and baroque guitar, with John Schneiderman (Irving, California), Hideki Yamaya (Portland, Oregon), Oleg Timofeyev and flutist Jeffrey Cohan, performing music that Louis XIV (a guitarist!) gave to the Duke of Bavaria in 1695, a lute concerto by Karl Kohaut, a trio sonata with natural horn and flute by Georg Philipp Telemann, and a trio from around 1800 for Russian guitars.
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
121 West 12th Street in Davenport
$12, and $10 for students and seniors
for TICKETS please see:
Multi-Passes available through Brown Paper Tickets
Tickets available at the door
Please see firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at (563) 323-9989 for information.
For IOWA CITY performances on October 15, 17, 20 and 23 at the
Congregational Church at 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City
Please see email@example.com or call the church at (319) 337-4301 for information.
Special guest soprano Terri Richter has enthralled audiences with her captivating energy and refined artistry onstage. Acclaimed as a "rising star" by the Seattle Times, Ms. Richter regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras and early music ensembles throughout the U.S. This accomplished graduate of Seattle Opera's Young Artist Program went on to perform many roles with Seattle Opera, and to receive national acclaim for her portrayals of Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Oscar in Verdi's Masked Ball. Her guest appearances with Seattle Symphony include the nationally televised 2001 commemorative Rolling Requiem, (Mozart's Requiem), Mahler's Symphony no. 4, Handel's Messiah, and she is featured with Seattle Symphony in Taylor's Peter Ibbetson, recently released on the Naxos label. Other favorite recent roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Clorinda in Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Pacific Operaworks, and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Idaho. Her voice also marks several movie and game soundtracks, including Steve Martin's film Novocaine and the X-box game Halo 2.
Ms. Richter's upcoming solo engagements include Handels' Messiah with Nashville Symphony, and the roles of Euridice in Seattle Opera's Orfeo ed Euridice and Sophie in Opera Cleveland's Werther. She will be a featured guest artist this season with the Odeon Quartet, ALIAS Ensemble, and the Nashville Early Music Project. Immediately prior to her Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival performances she will complete a nation-wide 12-city tour of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with Apollo's Fire.
As did George, the Black Hawk Chamber Music Festival aspires to uplift the spirit and provide new perspective through music. Our passion is exploring new musical territory: bringing old gems to life in the modern context, delighting in the unique characteristics of period instruments but also reveling in the capabilities of their modern relatives, and premiering new works. As one of George's fans, Jim van Zee, remarked: "We live in a shallow, noisy world, filled with screams and lies and deceptions. George knew how to keep the demons at bay, and allow our souls to briefly experience beauty and truth." We hope to do the same. These concerts are a tribute with love to George.