Festival Series
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Festival Series

You’ve met the artists in pianist, Thomas Rosenkranz, and The Westerlies. You’ve explored the music in Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49, and original compositions by the Westerlies. Now it’s time to bring it all together with a collaboration that ties all the seemingly disparate sources into one original piece of music.

With the Gloria of Stravinsky’s Mass as inspiration, Andy Clausen of The Westerlies has arranged a new piece to be premiered by the combined forces of all of the Winter Festival Artists. The new work is a fitting way to welcome Stravinsky to this season’s poster. Also featured on the performance is the Mendelssohn D minor Piano Trio, and selections by The Westerlies.

 

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49

I. Molto allegro ed agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato

 

— Intermission —

 

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), arr. Andy Clausen

Mass (1948)

II. Gloria

 

Original compositions by The Westerlies

Selections will be announced from the stage.

 

WWCMF acknowledges the generous support of the Walla Walla Piano Group in providing the Steinway Model B piano for this performance. Bravo, and thank you!

Artists: Timothy Christie, Viola; Andy Clausen, trombone; Zubin Hensler, trumpet; Willem de Koch, trombone; Riley Mulherkar, trumpet; Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; and Sally Singer Tuttle, cello.

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Tasting Music — Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49
Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

Tasting Music — Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49

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Mendelssohn composed the first of his two piano trios in 1839 at the age of 20. In our first season, WWCMF presented the second piano trio in C minor, Op.66. Now that we are celebrating our tenth season, it’s high time we played the first piano trio in D minor, Op. 49.

At risk of getting lost in all these numbers is the simple truth that young Mendelssohn conceived music of astonishing originality and beauty. Possessed of sharp wit and by contrast, ardent tenderness, Mendelssohn’s Op. 49 has been a staple of the chamber music repertoire since its initial performance. The work showcases both a virtuoso’s command of the piano and the kind of spacious lyricism that would ultimately manifest itself in Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words.

Founder and Artistic Director, Timothy Christie, will lead a detailed exploration and performance with three world-class festival artists: Maria Sampen, violin; Sally Singer, cello; and Thomas Rosenkranz, piano.

 

Please note that this performance is at the production facility of A. Morell Wines at 1489 West Rose Street. 

 

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49

I. Molto allegro ed agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato

 

WWCMF acknowledges the generous support of the Walla Walla Piano Group in providing the Steinway Model B piano for this performance. Bravo, and thank you!

Artists: Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; and Sally Singer Tuttle, cello.

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Open Rehearsal: Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49
Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

Open Rehearsal: Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49

Violinist, Maria Sampen, cellist, Sally Singer and pianist, Thomas Rosenkranz sink their teeth into Mendelssohn’s early masterpiece. The rehearsal process reveals how three excellent musicians from three different geographic locations come together for one special performance and arrive at a common interpretation.

Sometimes there’s bickering. Sometimes there’s laughter. Equally as often, there is the thrill of discovery as the music comes to life before your eyes.

This event is free and open to the public.

Artists: Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; and Sally Singer Tuttle, cello.

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Special Event — The Westerlies
Jan
13
6:00 PM18:00

Special Event — The Westerlies

What do you do when you want to make music with great friends, but the music you want to play doesn’t exist? You compose your own, of course. Tonight, four great friends and brass players share music from their self-titled second album, The Westerlies. Their friendship began in Seattle as high school students, but hit full stride several years later in New York City after stints at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music.

With one foot squarely in the world of classical chamber music, The Westerlies are also at home in the arenas of jazz, folk, roots and dance music. Remember, as a quartet, they possess a total of eight feet. While the precise genre may be hard to pin down, their exquisite musicianship speaks for itself.

All selections will be announced from the stage.

Artists: Andy Clausen, trombone; Zubin Hensler, trumpet; Willem de Koch, trombone; and Riley Mulherkar, trumpet.

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Portrait of an Artist — Thomas Rosenkranz, piano
Jan
12
6:00 PM18:00

Portrait of an Artist — Thomas Rosenkranz, piano

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The Winter Festival Portrait of an Artist recital features internationally acclaimed pianist, Thomas Rosenkranz. Although Tom has traveled the globe from Lebanon and Tunisia as musical ambassador of the U.S. State Department and has traveled to the major cities of Asia, he has never been to Walla Walla.

There is a first time for everything, and what better way to introduce him to Walla Walla than with a Portrait of an Artist recital moderated by WWCMF Founder and Artistic Director, Timothy Christie. The Tenth Anniversary season rolls on!

WWCMF acknowledges the generous support of the Walla Walla Piano Group in providing the Steinway Model B piano for this performance. Bravo, and thank you!

All selections will be announced from the stage.

Doors open at 5:00pm

Artist: Thomas Rosenkranz, piano.

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Sounds Like Fun! Concert for Kids
Jan
12
3:30 PM15:30

Sounds Like Fun! Concert for Kids

Why is there so much buzz about the Winter Chamber Music Festival? Because we’ve invited four great brass playing friends, The Westerlies. Sure, they’re famous musicians. But that’s not what the buzz is about… Brass players make sound by buzzing their lips together. Without a mouthpiece or instrument attached it sounds pretty funny. But once you add a trumpet or trombone, the sound of those buzzing lips is transformed into beautiful golden sound. How does it all work? You have to come to find out.

WWCMF’s string playing musicians will also be on hand to add their own unique buzz to the occasion. This event is free and open to children of all ages.

The Sounds Like Fun! Series of free children’s performances is made possible by the generosity of Colombia REA, proof that electricity produces musical buzz, too!

Artists: Timothy Christie, Viola; Andy Clausen, trombone; Zubin Hensler, trumpet; Willem de Koch, trombone; Riley Mulherkar, trumpet; Thomas Rosenkranz, piano; Maria Sampen, violin; and Sally Singer Tuttle, cello.

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Outreach: Walla Walla Rotary Club
Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Outreach: Walla Walla Rotary Club

WWCMF Founder and Artistic Director, Timothy Christie, is joined by musical guests, The Westerlies, in a presentation for the Walla Walla Rotary Club.

This event is open to members of the Walla Walla Rotary Club and their guests.

Artists: Andy Clausen, trombone; Zubin Hensler, trumpet; Willem de Koch, trombone; and Riley Mulherkar, trumpet.

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