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Trinity Alps Chamber Music launches a Winter Residency with the Friction Quartet

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Following up on its third successful summer season, the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival is extending its programming into the winter with the launch of a Winter Residency program to provide performance opportunities for California-based ensembles. This first residency will take place next month between January 3 and 10. It will involve community outreach activities and three public performances in the Trinity Alps area. The selected ensemble will be the Friction Quartet, consisting of violinists Kevin Rogers and Otis Harriel, violist Taija Warbelow, and cellist Doug Machiz.

A single program has been prepared for the three public performances, which will sample the string quartet repertoire from the nineteenth, twentieth, and current centuries. The oldest piece to be performed will be Claude Debussy’s only string quartet, composed in the key of G minor in 1893, making it one of his earlier works and one of his few chamber music compositions. The twentieth-century selection will be Dmitri Shostakovich’s Opus 57 piano quintet in G minor, composed in 1940, after Shostakovich had “redeemed” his standing with the Communist Party, following the composition of his fifth symphony in D minor (Opus 60) in 1937. The pianist for this performance will be Festival organizer Ian Scarfe. The newest work on the program will be Stephen Feigenbaum’s “Strange Dances,” given its first performance in its entirety on October 4, 2012 in the Morse Recital Hall at Yale University.

The schedule and venues for the public performances will be as follows:

  1. Wednesday, January 8, 7 p.m.: Hyampom Community Hall, Hyampom
  2. Thursday, January 9, 7 p.m.: Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center, Weaverville
  3. Friday, January 10, 7:30 p.m.: Old City Hall, Redding

Admission to all three concerts will be free and open to the general public. However, donations will be encouraged, all of which will benefit the 2014 of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival.

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