Heifetz on Tour Hits The Road This Fall!
Madison Vest, violin; Carlos Avila, piano, Kevin Mills, cello
Heifetz on Tour, the touring and outreach arm of the Heifetz International Music Institute, hits the road this fall for a three-city concert series with a special appearance in Staunton, Virginia on Thursday, October 8 at Francis Auditorium on the campus of Mary Baldwin College. The Tour features two of the Institute’s outstanding 2015 alumni: violinist Madison Vest and cellist Kevin Mills, along with faculty pianist and audience favorite Carlos Avila in a concert program entitled “Baroque, Classical and Rococo.” The program includes Baroque-era favorites by Bach and Handel, Tchaikovsky’s virtuosic “Rococo Variations,” for cello and piano, and a complete performance of Beethoven’s masterful “Archduke” Piano Trio. (Click here for ticket information) .
First stop on the Heifetz on Tour program is Charlotte, NC where these brilliant, rising stars make their debut at the renowned Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, on Tuesday, October 6, as part of the Bechtler’s Music and Museum program that integrates image, music and conversation to foster a deeper understanding of particular works. After the Staunton residency, which will include school appearances and private performances, the touring troupe will perform at a by-invitation-only concert in Washington, DC, on October 10th.
Meanwhile, later in the month another group of Heifetz on Tour performers will return to Jamestown, RI for a weeklong residency starting Monday, October 19. In partnership with the Jamestown Arts Center, Heifetz ’15 alums Chloé Kiffer, violin; Erica Gailing, viola; Mo Mo,cello; and pianist Hsin-Chiao Liao will hone their communication and performance skills while performing in unconventional spaces, unique to the Ocean State, including lighthouses, bird sanctuaries and social media start-ups!
This Tour concludes with a performance in Dobbs Ferry, NY, in a presentation by the Performers of Westchester on Sunday, October 25. Joining Heifetz Institute Chamber Music faculty member Andy Simionescu, the Heifetz artists will take the stage showcasing their talents in an inspiring program of masterworks that includes Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44.
All proceeds from the October 8th concert will benefit the Institute’s 2016 Shenandoah Scholarship Campaign, an initiative to secure $200,000 in Scholarship funds for the Institute’s 20th anniversary.
Seats can be reserved for the October 8th concert, by making a tax-deductible donation, online at https://www.heifetzinstitute.org,
or by calling 540.907.4446.
Concert schedule as follows:
About the Artists
Kevin Mills, a 2015 Heifetz student, is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in cello performance at The Juilliard School. A top prizewinner of several prestigious competitions including the recent Rio Hondo Symphony’s Young Artist Competition, Kevin is also an emerging solo artist and has performed concertos with the Four Seasons and Pacific Youth symphonies, as well as the CSUF, where he was also principal cellist, and Saarburg International Symphony orchestras.
2013 and 2015 Heifetz alumna Madison Vest has a multifaceted career as a performer which spans from recital performances at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to Carnegie Hall, to appearances with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Music City Orchestra—just to name a few—to festival performances such as The Aspen Music Festival, The Summit Music Festival, among others.
Hailed for his “beautiful command of tone and mood…and unruffleable savoir-faire” (San Francisco Chronicle), his “layers of emotional expression” (The Examiner) and his “level of artistry that seem far beyond his years” (Contra Costa Times), Heifetz (and Juilliard School) pianist Carlos Avila is one of the most in-demand pianists in the classical music scene. His concerts have taken him across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
About The Heifetz International Music Institute
Founded in 1996, The Heifetz International Music Institute is held on the campus of Mary Baldwin College, located in Staunton, Va., for six weeks each summer. The Institute is highly selective, as hundreds of the most brilliant and deserving young string players (violin, viola, and cello) from all over the globe apply to the Institute for only 80 openings. In 2015, students from 21 states and 12 countries were admitted to the Institute for studies with world-renowned faculty, participation in the Institute’s “Celebrity Series,” “Stars of Tomorrow” “Heifetz Hootenannies,” and other festival performances, instruction in the Institute’s signature Heifetz Performance and Communication Training©, featuring classes in Voice, Public Speaking, Drama, Health & Wellness, Movement, and Freedom of Expression, in addition to intense private lessons and chamber music coaching.
In 2012, the Institute formed a partnership with Mary Baldwin College and moved to Staunton, VA. The Heifetz Institute National Program of Outreach and Career Development, Heifetz on Tour, consists of year-round concerts and residencies throughout the country, forming partnerships with cultural institutions in both major cites and rural areas, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Jamestown, RI Arts Center. For more information visit www.heifetzinstitute.org
About Daniel Heifetz
Violinist Daniel Heifetz is the Founder & Artistic Director of the Heifetz International Music Institute. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Heifetz is acclaimed on five continents for his extraordinary virtuosity, profound artistry, and charismatic stage presence. As an educator, Daniel Heifetz has dedicated himself to the art of communication in performance.
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