Spring has sprung, and to celebrate, a trio of Heifetz Institute performers will be back in the Blue Ridge April 27-29 for a variety of concerts appearances and other events that will celebrate the splendors of spring in both the mountains and the Shenandoah Valley, from the epicenter of Staunton, a flourishing center of culture and beauty – especially in music, theater, dining, architecture, and…gardens! (More on that in a moment…).
The performances will feature three of the Institute’s most brilliant students from our summer 2018 program: Violinist Ria Honda, cellist Dominic Lee, and pianist Jingxuan Zhang, returning to Staunton after his breathtaking performances in last month’s Bach Around The Clock event.
This supremely gifted ensemble will perform a program that will display their individual virtuosity in the first half, including more beloved Bach (arranged for strings by the Heifetz Institute’s new Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen), some fiery De Falla, a masterful Mendelssohn Trio, a breathtaking “Carmen Fantasy,” and even some fiddle tunes by Mark O’Connor!
The ensemble will perform first on Saturday, April 27 as part of the Staunton-Augusta Garden Club’s segment of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. Our Heifetz Trio will present a couple of “pop-up” performances as part of the day’s activities at 11 am and 1 pm in the spectacularly-restored and rarely-opened Waverly Hill, designed by the architect William Bottomley and featured on the cover of the 2019 Historic Garden Week Guidebook. Tickets can be purchased in advance in our downtown Heifetz gift shop and box office on East Beverley Street, at several other downtown Staunton locations, or for $25 online at vagardenweek.org. Tickets will also be available on the day of the tour for $35. See the Staunton Garden Tour Details
Saturday night, the scene will shift to the the unique and picturesque Heartstone Lodge and South River Highlands, located just outside of Lexington, VA. The concert starts at 7 PM, and will be preceded by a wine/beverage & light fare social hour at 6PM. You can reserve your tickets here or by calling the Heifetz Institute box office at 540.907.4446.
Then on Sunday afternoon, April 28th the Heifetz troupe will head up the mountains for our first-ever performance in Highland County. The concert will take place in the freshly-refurbished auditorium of the Highland Center in Monterey, Virginia. The program will be a fresh array of inspiring works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Mark O’Connor, and more, again featuring three dazzling 2018 alumni from the Heifetz Institute: Violinist Ria Honda, cellist Dominic Lee, and pianist Jingxuan Zhang. Tickets are just $10 and will be available at the door at the Highland Center.
Proceeds from these concerts will benefit the scholarship fund of the nonprofit Heifetz International Music Institute, located on the campus of Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA. The Institute’s Summer Program and Festival of Concerts will run from June 29 to August 10, 2019.