Heifetz on Tour, the National Program of Outreach and Career Development from the Heifetz International Music Institute, today announced a series of residencies, master classes, and performances in Wakefield, Mass., as well as in Concord and Wolfeboro, NH, and Concord NH, as part of the Institute’s year-long observance of its 20th Anniversary season.
The April tour features five outstanding artists connected to the world-renowned Heifetz Institute: Alumni standouts Rachell Wong, violin; Daniel Aizenshtadt, violin; Matthew Cohen, viola; Clare Bradford, cello, along with faculty pianist Carlos Avila. Both individually and in combinations, the quintet of artists will present a varied and engaging program that will include solo works, by turns soulful and dazzling, and stirring performances of chamber music masterworks by Antonín Dvořák, Franz Schubert, and Samuel Barber.
The concert tour will kick off on Saturday, April 9th, at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH. This season, as the Heifetz International Music Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Wolfeboro Friends of Music celebrates its 80th anniversary, the 100-year combination will deliver a memorable concert including a tribute to pioneering New Hampshire composer Amy Cheney Beach. Mrs. Beach was the original inspiration for organizing WFOM, so it is very fitting to perform her work this year.
The next day the quintet will make their way to Wakefield, Mass. to make their Greater Boston debut, under the aegis of the Wakefield Public Schools Music Program, Wakefield Music Boosters, the Boys and Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield, and involved parents. Executive Director Benjamin K. Roe will present a short pre-concert talk about the Institute at 3:30 pm, with the concert will to follow at 4:00 pm. The Heifetz on Tour concert will take place in the acoustic splendor of the new Veterans Memorial Auditorium at the Galvin Middle School, in the heart of Wakefield, Mass. It’s the kickoff to a two-day residency to over 250 elementary through high school music students on April 11th– 12th, 2016, in the Wakefield Public Schools and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield.
The Tour will conclude with an intimate evening concert and reception on Wednesday, April 13th, at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH. There will be a short reception beginning at 6:00 pm, and the concert will start at 6:30 pm.
︎ ”At the Heifetz Institute, our goal is to develop the complete musician, breaking down the traditional barriers between the classical arts and contemporary audiences by giving performers the skills they need to communicate to a diverse audience on a variety of levels,” notes Executive Director Benjamin Roe. “This Heifetz On Tour visit to New England is chance for us both to create an immersive experience for our young artists in the public schools, as well as to reconnect with our old friends and supporters in New Hampshire, where the Institute was headquartered for more than a decade. With our performers appearing in such a broad range of settings, this Tour represents an ideal opportunity for these brilliant young musicians to combine their high-level artistry with our unique Heifetz Performance and Communication Training© methods, to enable them to engage and inspire audiences of many different ages and backgrounds.”
The April Heifetz On Tour concert and event schedule in New Hampshire and Massachusetts is as follows:
Wednesday, April 6th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Heifetz On Tour Meet and Greet, Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, MA
Saturday, April 9th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm: Heifetz On Tour Annual Concert with the Wolfeboro Friends of Music Anderson Hall, Brewster Academy, Wolfeboro, NH
Sunday, April 10th, 3:30 – 5:30 pm: Heifetz on Tour at the New Veterans Auditorium: Galvin Middle School, Wakefield, MA
Wednesday, April 13th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Heifetz on Tour, Reception & Concert Concord Community Music School, Concord, NH