“Sweater weather” is finally here, which means it’s time to fire up the Heifetz On Tour bus and hit the road for our “Fall Colors” tour of New England!
Our new Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen will be leading the charge of our Heifetz brigade, featuring Heifetz alums Julian Rhee and Yebin Yoo,(violin); Noémie Raymond-Friset (cello); Jingxuan Zhang, (piano); and faculty pianist Dina Vainshtein. Once again our brilliant young Heifetz stars will present programs of solos, sonatas, and showpieces, as well as some great chamber masterworks.
After a “Heifetz Open House” kickoff Friday night (Oct. 18) at the New England Conservatory in Boston, the Fall Colors tour formally kicks off on on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Heifetz Institute’s “Old New Hampshire Home” – Wolfeboro, NH, where our troupe will perform its annual “homecoming concert “presented by the Wolfeboro Friends of Music. Before coming to Virginia in 2012, the Heifetz Institute established deep roots and experienced exponential growth in the picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee community, with its summer program located on the Brewster Academy campus from 2002 to 2011.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the troupe will perform a free afternoon concert for seniors at the Oceanside Center in Hampton, NH, and then head Down East for a week-long residency. With support from the Georgetown Island Educational Foundation, the young performers will present a number of school, civic, and outreach events around the MidCoast, including an extended stay on Monday, Oct. 21 with the string students in the Lewiston Public Schools. The young Heifetz artists will also make school and community appearances in Georgetown, Nobleboro, and Bath, ME during their stay.
Then on Tuesday, Oct. 22 Heifetz on Tour will debuts in the Damariscotta-Newcastle area, with a concert in the magnificent acoustics of the architecturally-renowned St. Andrew’s Church in Newcastle. Built in 1883, it was the first example of cottage Gothic Revival church in the country, and the first US design of English architect Henry Vaughan, a major proponent of the style. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
The Maine residency will culminate with a performance on Thursday October 24 in the historic and welcoming Robinhood Free Meetinghouse (b1856), a MidCoast Maine landmark also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. the Meetinghouse. Concertgoers will also have the opportunity to enjoy one of the Meetinghouse’s renowned three-course dinner extravaganza at 6 pm before the 7:30 pm concert.
Performances during the concert (and the whole Tour) will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Pablo de Sarasate, as well as Antonín Dvořák’s magnificent Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 81. Check out some videos below by some of our Heifetz On Tour performers!