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June 4-8: Sedona Bluegrass Festival – Two Days of Concert

The eighth Sedona Bluegrass Festival takes place June 3rd through June 8th with a multitude of activities and programs in addition to two days of concerts under the Cottonwood Canopy alongside the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona.

“Darol Anger accepted our invitation to join our efforts as Artistic Director and we couldn’t be more pleased,” said Festival Director Bert Harclerode. “Darol has invited many of the finest acoustic artists to be part of this year’s festival including Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis and Ben Sollee. This year’s program promises to be our finest to date.”

“The Festival site is one of the most idyllic I know of,” said Anger. “With the shade of the trees and Oak Creek flowing for all to enjoy, we’re gearing up to entertain, enlighten and engage our audience. I’ve been to Rockygrass, Telluride, MerleFest and many more – and Sedona takes the cake!”

Darol Anger is one of acoustic music’s most celebrated instrumentalists. He is an associate Professor of Music at the Berklee School in Boston and was an original member of the David Grisman Quintet. Anger is at home in a variety of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous path-breaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others. He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli. Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games. “I’ve invited some of my best musical friends to come to Sedona, and THEY ARE EXCITED!” said Anger.

Peter Rowan Peter Rowan is a Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee. A singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades, his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, has proven immensely vital. As a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring. Rowan brings with him for his Saturday performance special guest Yungchen Lhamo.

Laurie Lewis is an American icon who has also blazed the bluegrass and acoustic scene. She, joined by husband and mandolinist Tom Rozum will perform Saturday. “Laurie is one of the greatest Bluegrass artists, because of her consistency over decades, the depth and width of her subject matter, her commitment to the Bluegrass form, and her technical command. Oh yes, and her strength. Laurie’s strength manifests in many ways: her commanding presence on stage combined with an emotional vulnerability, the truths in her lyrics, her physical voice which transcends gender, her strong commitment to causes and issues in which she deeply believes, which all resonate with a respect for the land, the natural world, and human mercy and justice,” said Anger.

Cellist Ben Sollee performs Saturday and Sunday. He first gained attention with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year. Later, All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz-flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.” Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet alongside Grammy nominee Casey Driessen and multi-Grammy winner Bela Fleck. Sollee’s music drew the attention of My Morning Jacket front-man Yim Yames, who produced his second full-length album, a collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore. In 2010 they released Dear Companion, a stunning collection of songs meant to inspire environmental stewardship. In 2011 Sollee contributed his cello stylings to My Morning Jacket’s hit album Circuital and released Inclusions, a sonically awe-inspiring album about relationships that was called “structurally brilliant” by Slant and “stunning” by No Depression. He performs Saturday and Sunday.

The Sonoran Dogs are based in Tucson and have have exploded upon the Arizona bluegrass scene, performing at the Sedona, Wickenburg, Prescott, Tucson, and Tubac bluegrass festivals. The group is made up of seasoned veterans who have come together to enjoy bluegrass music and friendship. They play a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, and original compositions. Every concert is different, as they often improvise the set to follow the mood of their audience. “Guitarist Peter McLaughlin played for some time with Laurie Lewis as well as with Tom in ‘Flying South’ many years ago and we’re delighted to have the Dogs aboard Sunday,” said Anger.

Pick n HollarPick n Hollar is a Phoenix-based quartet that plays music from America’s past, keeping alive the sounds that have brought people together for centuries. It draws deep from old time string band tradition of Appalachian fiddle and banjo tunes. “I like that they’re not afraid to bring in Mother Maybelle as well as Hank William,” said Harclerode. “From their story telling and original music, Pick and Hollar was a festival favorite and we’re delighted to bring them back with us Sunday.”

The Festival schedule is:
Wednesday, June 4 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Bluegrass Film Documentary “The There’s Mike and Darol” hosted by Darol Anger at the Mary Fisher Theater in partnership with the Sedona Film Festival. $12/person

Thursday, June 5 @ 5:30pm
Bluegrass BBQ with Darol & The Furies performing at a private Oak Creek Canyon Ranch. Catered dinner including beef tri-tip, salmon and the fixings. $75/person reservations are required.

Friday, June 6 from 5:00 to 8:00pm
First Friday Gallery Walk concerts will feature Flagstaff’s own Diamond Down String Band performing at Goldenstein Gallery from 5-6:15pm, and then Sedona Arts Center from 6:545-8pm. FREE EVENT!

Saturday, June 7 from 9am to 11:00pm
Bluegrass Workshop 9-10:30am with Darol Anger and Furies, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, and Ben Sollee. Sedona and regional youth grades 8-12 are free of charge and registration is required. Interested parties may send inquires to The workshop is followed by a community jam free to the public from 10:30-11:30am. All participants will receive a $5 discount coupon for Saturday or Sunday’s Festival based on a cash purchase at the door.

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
160 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336

Saturday, June 7 ~ 11:30-6:30pm
Noon-1:25pm – Ben Sollee
1:45-3:00pm – Laurie and Tom
3:15-4:45pm – Darol and the Furies
5:15-6:30pm – Peter Rowan
Sunday, June 8 ~ 11:00am – 5:00pm
11:00am-12:15pm Pick n Hollar
12:30-1:30pm Ben Sollee
1:45-3:00pm Darol & Furies
3:30-5:00pm Sonoran Dogs

Tickets are now on sale at or by calling 928.204.2415.
Adult tickets are $40, and students 13 to 22 with full time ID $20. Youth 12 and under are free of charge with a paid adult – limit one child per adult. All youth 12 and under will also receive a Delta Dental ‘Smile Bag” encouraging youth to ‘Brush with Bluegrass’ containing tooth paste and brush, floss and other items for good dental care.
The Sedona Bluegrass Festival is a featured festival of Sedona Arts Week – May 29th to June 8th – fusing Innovative performances with film, music, dance, art and photography. Visit for details.

The Sedona Bluegrass Festival is part of the Chamber Music Sedona’s 31st Season is made possible with support 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. and WESTAF.

The Russians Are Coming! The Met Live in HD at the Sedona Performing Arts Center

prince-igor-ildar-abdrazakov-photo-by-micaela-rossatoMet: Live in HD Broadcast
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 10:00am – *Encore performance, original air-date: 03/01/14.
Approximate run time: 4 hours 40 minutes (On Air: 10:00am – 2:40pm), 1 intermission.
Pre-opera talk by Russell Fox beginning at 8:45am in the theater.
Box office opens at 8:30am.

Fear ye not! With so much in the news today about Russia we are pleased to present The Met: Live in HD with Alexander Borodin’s epic opera Prince Igor about the 12th-century ruler who defended Russia against invading Polovtsian forces. Famous for the “Polovtsian Dances” which were recently featured in the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony, Prince Igor returns to the Met for its first company performances since 1917. The second scene of the first act is set in a field of 12,500 red poppies that the Met’s scenic department made entirely by hand.

An extraordinary Russian cast led by Ildar Abdrazakov (Enrico VIII in 2011’s Anna Bolena) in the title role, opposite Oksana Dyka in her Met debut as his emotionally unstable wife, Yaroslavna; Anita Rachvelishvili is the fiery princess Konchakovna.

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

Dover Quartet performs for Chamber Music Sedona

Dover String Quartet
Joel Link, violin ~ Camden Shaw, cello ~ Bryan Lee, violin ~ Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola

Cellist Norman Fischer
Cellist Norman Fischer
Chamber Music Sedona proudly presents
The Dover String Quartet with cellist Norman Fischer
“Music making that can only be described as astonishing.” –The Birmingham News

Sunday, January 13, 2013 @ 2:30pm
“The Austro-German Masters”

St. John Vianney Church
180 St. John Vianney Lane, Sedona ,AZ

Quartet No. 4 in C Minor Opus 18, No. 4
by Ludwig van Beethoven;

Five Movements Opus 5
by Anton Webern; and

Quintet in C Major (D. 956, Opus posth. 163)
by Franz Schubert with cellist Norman Fischer

With Edward Ingraham

$40 reserved, $19 general admission
$10 students with full time ID

Available on line at

and in
Sedona at Bashas’ and Rycus’ Corners-VOC
Cottonwood at Planet Video & Music
Flagstaff at Arizona Music Pro and Cedar Music

For additional information call 928.204.2415 or visit

The Met: Live in HD in Sedona!

Verde's Aida
Verde’s Aida: December 15th
Arizona’s premier place to see The Met: Live in HD, the beautifully appointed Sedona Performing Arts Center, comes to life three Saturday mornings in December: the 1st, 8th and 15th all at 11am presented by Chamber Music Sedona.

December 1st is the timeless classic La Clemenza di Tito starring the virtuosic Elīna Garanča as she sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.

December 8th is Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera—in a new production by Director David Alden’s in his dreamlike setting providing a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.

December 15th The Met brings Aida to the big screen in its unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama starring Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.

“The Sedona Performing Arts Center opened its doors October 2010 and continues to develop as an important cultural center,” said Chamber Music Sedona’s Bert Harclerode. “We are pleased that the Metropolitan Opera’s technical specifications were installed into the audience chamber including the big screen and projector, and surround-sound system resulting in a magnificent sound and picture. Seats are brand new and each opera is preceded by a pre-opera “Curtain Raiser” lecture from 9:45-10:30am: December 1st with Edward Ingraham, December 8th with Russell Fox and December 15th with Thomas Cleman. Box lunches round-out the Sedona Met HD experience complemented by the spectacular panoramic red rocks visible from the lobby and patios.

Tickets, $23 for reserved and $19 for general admission may be purchased on line at or by calling 928.204.2415. Lunches must be purchased by 12:30pm Thursday prior to the Saturday opera. Student tickets are $10 at the door with ID. The 2013 Sedona Met Live in HD simulcasts continue January 5.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Margaret T. Morris Foundation, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.

For information call 928.204.2415 or visit

October 2012 ~ Magical Music in the Red Rocks

Chamber Music Sedona Opens 30th Anniversary Season with October Musical Harvest


L’Elisir d’Amore

Chamber Music Sedona kicks off its thirtieth season with two performances of The Met: Live in HD at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Saturday, October 13 with L’Elisir d’Amore by Gaetano Donizetti, and Saturday October 27 with Verdi’s Otello.

The Met: Live in HD has proven to be a wonderful addition to Sedona’s cultural landscape,” said Bert Harclerode, Chamber Music Sedona executive director. “The ambiance of the Sedona Performing Arts Center – it’s surround sound, the big screen installed to the Met’s specifications, the pre-opera talks and intermission gourmet lunches all combined make SPAC Arizona’s place to see The Met: Live in HD,” said Harclerode.

The Met: Live in HD, the world’s leading provider of alternative cinema content, is now shown in more than 1,900 theaters in 60 countries, making the Met the only arts institution with an ongoing global art series of this scale. The Met was the first arts company to experiment as an alternative content provider, beginning on a modest scale in 2006. Since then, its program has grown every season, with more than 9.6 million tickets sold to date. Close to 3 million tickets are expected to be sold in the current season alone. Met opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features; altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses.

The Live in HD season begins October 13 at 10am with a new production of Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini. Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Mariusz Kwiecien sings Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri will sing the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara. “L’Elisir d’Amore is kind of two operas at the same time,” Sher says. “It’s an opera that’s a great entertainment, and it’s an opera that has something else happening underneath. It’s informed by when in Italian history it was written—you can see the early stirrings of a cry for independence.” A pre-opera talk “Curtain-raiser” will be presented from 8:45-9:25am by Russell Fox. Gourmet opera box lunches may be ordered on line. The Sedona presentation is sponsored by Sally and Stan Gorski.

Saturday, October 27 at 10am is Verdi’s towering masterpiece, Otello, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, makes its first Live in HD appearance. Semyon Bychkov conducts an extraordinary cast led by Johan Botha in the title role of the jealous Moor of Venice, opposite Renée Fleming in one of her greatest roles, Otello’s innocent wife Desdemona. Falk Struckmann sings Iago, Otello’s disloyal ensign, and Michael Fabiano is the captain Cassio. A pre-opera “Curtain-raiser” talk will be presented by Edward Ingraham from 8:30-9:25am. Gourmet opera box lunches may be ordered on line. The Sedona presentation is sponsored by Ann and John Steinbrunner.

In November CMS presents a two-day weekend of Magical Music in the Red Rocks: Saturday, November 10 is Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, a Met Premiere. Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work and Sunday, November 11 The Romeros, “The Royal Family of the Guitar”, makes its Sedona debut in a 2:30pm program at SPAC.

Tickets to all operas and concerts are available on line and range from $10 to $40 and ‘member’ prices are available the day of the event. Gourmet Opera lunches are available on line only and must be purchased Thursday prior to the Saturday opera.

Chamber Music Sedona’s 30th Anniversary Season is made possible with underwriting support from Aspey, Watkins, Diesel, P.L.L.C., Attorneys at Law. Additional support comes from The City of Sedona; Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Verde Valley Medical Center and WESTAF.

For information call 928.204.2415 or visit

Sixth Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival: May 30 – June 3, 2012

Tim O'Brien and Bryan SuttonGrammy Award winning Bluegrass titans Tim O’Brien and Bryan Sutton, an exciting new group The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, the ever popular Muskellunge Bluegrass, and rising stars Run Boy Run are the featured performers for the sixth Sedona Bluegrass Festival.

This year’s Sedona Bluegrass Festival will once again be held at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa – Creekside. Come and enjoy an afternoon of great Bluegrass in this spectacular setting on the bank of Oak Creek in the middle of Sedona.

Performance schedule:

12:00 – 1:15  Muskellunge Bluegrass
1:45 – 2:15  Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (set 1)
2:30 – 3:45  Run Boy Run
4:00 – 4:30  Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (set 2)
4:45 – 6:00  Tim O’Brien & Bryan Sutton

For more information, visit



Beethoven Violin Festival April 12, 14 and 15

Beethoven portraitWith each live concert, we recreate history through the hands of our gifted artists. We invite you into the world of Ludwig van Beethoven when violinist Steven Moeckel and pianist Paula Fan perform all ten sonatas for violin and piano this week. Seven sonatas are performed at the home of Mille Leenhouts – please note venue change.

Steven Moeckel portraitThursday, April 12 @ 6pm Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 4 & 8 are performed. Hors d’ ouevres and wine will be served. $50/person, 8 seats remain
Saturday, April 14 @ 3pm Sonatas Nos. 5, 6 & 7 are performed. A “Chocolate and Champagne Meet the Artist Reception” follows.
$40/person, there are still a few seats remaining.
Sunday, April 15 @ 2:30pm Sonatas Nos. 1, 9 and 10 are performed at St. John Vianney Church.
$40/person reserved, $25/person general admission.
Don’t miss the pre-concert lecture by Dr. Michael Bradburn-Ruster who served as a copyist in London for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under musicologist Christopher Palmer, conductor Charles Gerhardt, and composers Miklós Rózsa and Elmer Bernstein.

November 21: The Orion Quartet Performs in Sedona

Sedona Celestial Seasonings

Orion String Quartet Live from Lincoln Center

Performs in Sedona November 21

Violinists Daniel and Todd Philips

Violist and Phoenician Steven Tenenbom

Cellist Steve Eddy


Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5 (Hob. III:79) by Joseph Haydn;

Quartet No. 4 by Leon Kirchner;

Contrapunctus I from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 by J.S. Bach

Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1 by Robert Schumann.

WHAT: The Orion String Quartet in concert

WHEN: Sunday, November 21 @ 2:30pm

WHERE: St. John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass Road, Sedona, AZ 86336

COST: $40 reserved seats and $25 general admission

Available on line or by calling 928.204.2415

PRE-CONCERT TALK: 1-1:55pm in the Don Bosco Room with violinist Clayton Haslop.