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GumptionFest VII issues call for artists, volunteers and vendors

GumptionFest, Sedona’s largest free, community arts festival takes place along Coffee Pot Drive in West Sedona on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

GumptionFest VII: A New Hope is opening the call to all artists who want to participate. Performers should contact GumptionFest organizers now to voice their interest in performing. The deadline for all performers to get in is Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Vendors are also invited to come to display and sell their wares to the estimated 1,200 attendees.

This year’s festival is expected to be the biggest ever, expanding from the main stage at Oak Creek Brewing Co. to other locations along State Route 89A: Olde Sedona Bar & Grill, Szechuan Martini Bar, Heart of Sedona coffee shop, outside New Frontiers Natural Marketplace and the outdoor stage at the Old Marketplace.

The festival features some of the most well-known names in the Sedona and Verde Valley as well as regional artists from Flagstaff and Phoenix, and other performers from Kingman and Los Angeles. The artists include singers, songwriters, performance poets, rock bands, painters, sculptors and fire-spinning performance artists. Poets are welcome to compete in the fourth annual Haiku Death Match poetry slam.

However, what makes GumptionFest unique among Arizona arts festivals is that anyone who wants to play music, perform poetry, display art or dance is eagerly invited to participate. Talent levels are not important: participants range from full-time professional artists and musicians and published poets to recreational artists, part-time photographers and those who pen poems in private journals.

Youth and teen artists are strongly encouraged to participate whether they aim to become professional artists as adults or just create art, write poetry or play music to pass the time.

The GumptionFest VII kickoff party begins Friday, Sept. 14.

GumptionFest VII officially starts on Saturday, Sept. 15, with performances all day long. GumptionFest VII Day Two continues the party on Sunday, Sept. 16, with a whole new lineup.

Volunteers are also still needed this year, so even those who don’t play an instrument, paint, sculpt or write poems can help and be a part of one of the largest free arts festival in Sedona.

Organizers for GumptionFest VII: A New Hope invite visual artists, photographers, dancers and dance troupes, musicians, bands, theater groups and poets who want to be a part of the festival for either one, two, or all three days to attend and spontaneously create or perform.

To participate, volunteer or contribute as a sponsor, contact GumptionFest@gmail.com or visit gumptionfest.org or GumptionFest on Facebook.


Sedona Events: Chamber Music Sedona Presents Acclaimed Piano Duo Valentina Lisitsa & Alexei Kuznetsoff 5/24

Musical Memorial Day Holiday In Sedona May 24

The sounds of world-class music will resound Memorial Day weekend in Sedona, welcoming visitors and residents alike, when internationally acclaimed pianist Valentina Lisitsa returns to Sedona for a 2:30pm concert Sunday, May 24 together with husband Alexei Kuznetsoff following their postponed Chamber Music Sedona performance March 15 when Ms. Lisitsa was invited to perform the Beethoven Emperor Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, stepping in for Helene Grimaud March 13, 14 and 15.

Ms. Lisitsa first appeared in Sedona in October 2007 with violinist Hilary Hahn. It was this association with Hahn at a March 2009 Chicago Symphony Orchestra Recital series concert that Ms. Lisitsa was invited to make her CSO debut. The May 24 program will include music by Debussy, Schubert, Brahms and Beethoven.
This brilliant young piano-duo from Ukraine came to the United States with an impressive list of competition prizes to its credit and is winning critical acclaim in the U.S. as gifted artists making a genuine contribution to the marvelous but, seldom-heard literature for two pianos. By the time Valentina and Alexei met at the Kiev Conservatory, they were both winners of numerous international, national and local solo and chamber music competitions. In 1990, after only a few weeks of preparation, Lisitsa and Kuznetsoff captured the first prize at the Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition.
In a recent review, The Dallas Morning News said, “Lisitsa and Kuznetsoff’s playing is all the grapevine said it was — miraculous. It is not simply that their ensemble skills are so uncommon; more to the point, these two bright, attractive performers manage to react as one while maintaining a flexibility of phrase and a freedom of gait commanded by few other duo-pianists.”
A pre-concert talk will take place from 1:15-1:55pm by Coconino Community College Music Instructor and pianist Chase Coleman in the Don Bosco Room at St. John Vianney Church immediately before the concert. Call 928.204.2415 for more information or visit http://chambermusicsedona.org/descriptions.htm for more information.
Ms. Lisitsa and Mr. Kuznetsoff will give a master class immediately following the concert for Northern Arizona pianists who have participated in the Quick-Bowman Piano Competition, held annually for eighteen years.

$35 reserved / seat specific ~ $25 general admission
Available by phone @ 928.204.2415

Also on line at http://store.chambermusicsedona.org/merchant2

And at ticket outlets
Bashas’-Sedona, Rycus’ Corners-VOC
Arizona Music Pro and Cedar Music – FLAGSTAFF
Planet Video and Music – COTTONWOOD
Think For Ink – PRESCOTT

Chamber Music Sedona is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by the
Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Sedona, National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, foundation and corporate support and private contributions from members and businesses.