Welcome to (early) Spring, and our “Bach and Shamrocks” edition of Heifetz On Tour, featuring four artists connected to the world-renowned Heifetz Institute: Alumni standouts Rachell Wong, violin, Ben Fried, cello; pianist Carlos Avila, and guest soprano Angel Azzarra. All four musicians were standout performers at the 2016 Heifetz Institute.
The “Bach and Shamrocks” tour began with a “DoppelBach,” – both played and imbibed! Wednesday night, Our tour began Wednesday at the Three Notch’d Brewing Company in Charlottesville to perform at the release party for “HeifetzBach” – a brand-new, springtime Kölsch-style beer from the same brewers that produced last summer’s hit “HeifetzWeizen” beer.
After a special visit on Friday, March 17th to the Bessie Weller Elementary School in Staunton, the four artists will make a return visit to the picturesque Heartstone Lodge & Retreat Center on the outskirts of Lexington, VA, for an evening reception and concert, the Institute’s fourth annual visit to the former dairy barn stunningly re-imagined as an inviting lodge and retreat center.
Saturday night, March 18th, will be a very special event: the first-ever Heifetz Spring Hootenanny, an early-season sampler of the multi-genre magic that happens every summer under the big Heifetz tent at Mary Baldwin University.
It’ll still be a little too cool for a tent, so our Spring Hoot is going to be in the historic and funky American Hotel Banquet Room in the heart of Staunton, just across from the Amtrak Staunton station. In true “Heifetz Hootenanny” style, there will be some very special surprise guests joining in the fun onstage, and plenty of great food and beverages to go with it, including both the brand-new Three Notch’d “Heifetz Bach,” as well as a new custom blend from the Monterey-based Big Fish Cider Company. Both fresh concoctions will be flowing from the taps manned by the folks at Shenandoah Hops.
The green-themed “Bach and Shamrocks” tour concludes on Sunday, March 19th surrounded by the greens of the Club at Ironwood, as our Heifetz quartet presents a special Sunday afternoon of timeless music chosen for their brilliance and beauty, and presented in the unique Heifetz style.
To accompany the music and views (It’s the first weekend of Daylight Savings Time!) there will be great food and brand-new brews, including the freshly-released “HeifetzBach” custom-crafted by Three Notch’d Brewing of Charlottesville, and a new “Elevation Cider” from the award-winning Big Fish Cider company, both again provided by Shenandoah Hops of Staunton.
Tickets can be obtained for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts by visiting https://www.heifetzinstitute.org/Live, by calling (540) 907-4446, or by visiting the Heifetz Institute Headquarters, Box Office and Gift Shop, located at 107 E. Beverley Street in historic downtown Staunton.
Tax-deductible donations received by the Heifetz Institute during the Tour will benefit the Institute’s 2017 Shenandoah Scholarship Campaign, a matching-grant initiative to raise $200,000 in scholarship funds to bring students to Staunton, VA for the Institute’s 2017 summer program, which will run from June 22 – August 4, 2017.