Sedona Winter MusicFest Inaugural Season

January 6 – 12 featuring Six of This Generation’s Most Brilliant Artists
Concerts, Salons, Special Events, In-school Concerts and more

clip_image008“January is one of the most beautiful times of year in Sedona and to complement the winter season we’ve got six of this generations most brilliant artists performing in a variety of community service programs – all leading up to the Friday and Sunday concerts hosted at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa,” said Chamber Music Sedona director Bert Harclerode.

Festival co-artistic directors Alexander Fiterstein and Nicholas Canellakis have invited four superlative young artists to join them including violinists Benjamin Beilman and Erin Keefe, violist Cindy Wu and pianist Orion Weiss – all superstars in the chamber music world as well as acclaimed orchestral soloists.

Monday, January 6 at 7pm the Festival kicks-off with the documentary “Talking in Strings” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in cooperation with the Sedona Film Festival. The 1999 documentary (premiered at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in 1999) is directed by Paola di Florio and received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary Film at the 72nd Academy Awards. The film is based on the life of Italian-born violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg who in 2002 performed for Chamber Music Sedona. Artistic and executive directors will talk about the film and Festival from 6:30-6:50.

Tuesday, January 7 from 6:30-8:30pm clarinetist Fiterstein, cellist Canellakis and Orion Weiss will perform a mini “Meet the Directors” concert at the home of Victoria and Dan Bresnan. Wine, cheese and desserts will be served in the intimate setting for a limited 40 guests. Reservations are $55/person or $100/couple.

Wednesday the Festival sextet will perform a series of four in-school concerts in Sedona and surrounding schools made possible by Arizona Tax Credit funds and support from Aspey Watkins & Diesel PLLC.

Thursday, January 9 from 6:30-9pm is the first Festival Salon & Gala at the Hilton featuring the Festival Sextet in a light and fun evening. A silent and live auction will take place (with the silent auction running through the Sunday concert), champagne and desserts will be served, and the concert featuring the Festival Sextet is in celebration of Chamber Music Sedona’s recent acquisition of the Steinway D previously owned by Ignat Solzhenitsyn during his tenure at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. “These artists represent some of the most dynamic young artists today,” said Harclerode. Fiterstein and Weiss are Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients, and along with Canellakis and Keefe are regulars at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Cindy Wu is the youngest Viola Professor ever at the University of Southern California. “The evening promises to be a lot of fun and we’ll celebrate all night long as the Hilton is offering discounted rooms for the evening’s guests,” said Harclerode.

Friday, 7:30pm at the Hilton, the Festival Sextet performs its first program “The Folk Spirit” featuring music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Bartok and Brahms. The concert will be preceded by an informal early-bird dinner at the Hilton from 5-6:15, followed by a panel discussion lead by Canellakis and Harclerode along with additional Festival artists from 6:30-7pm. The concert is made possible with support from Karen & John Dansby and Dr. Ronald Krug.

Saturday, January 11 at the Hilton from 9am to 4pm, Festival musicians will be featured in an open-rehearsal, followed by master classes for clarinet, piano and strings for local musicians grades 8-12, as well as hands on coaching by Festival artists. “This is a new and truly noteworthy program supported by the Sedona Community Foundation and we’re reaching-out primarily to Sedona as well as regional youth,” said Harclerode. The afternoon will come to a close with an afternoon concert featuring participants as chamber musicians and soloists from around northern Arizona.

Sunday, three Festival artists will perform at morning services including the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in VOC, St. Andrews Episcopal in West Sedona, and at Christ Lutheran.

Sunday, 2:30pm at the Hilton the Festival comes to a close with its program “Celebration” with music by von Weber, Dvo\0x0159ak and more. The Festival Sextet artists will greet patrons at a post-concert dessert party. The concert is made possible with support from the Chamber Music Sedona Advisory Council. “We’re excited to return to Sedona and bring our friends for their first experience. We’re looking forward to making new friends and plan for the Winter MusicFest 2015,” added Canellakis and Fiterstein.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 31st season is made possible in part with funding from the City of Sedona, The Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Sedona Community Foundation, The Verde Valley Medical Center, Aspey Watkins & Diesel PLLC., WESTAF and nearly 200 Sedona households.

For complete information including tickets and special events call 928.204.2415 or visit

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