The public is invited to attend the 38th annual Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Series featuring renowned artists performing at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church located at 2901 Nojoqui Ave. in Los Olivos.
St. Mark’s Priest and Rector Rev. Dr. Randall Day shares, “Music and the arts are key expressions of God’s ongoing creativity in the world. We invite all music lovers to share this incredible experience here in the Santa Ynez Valley.” St. Mark’s Church is noted for its stunning acoustics and serene ambiance; and according to music critic Josef Woodward, “It’s a fine place to hear serious music.”
The 2017-18 series debuts on Saturday, October 14, at 7 p.m. with pianist Bridget Hough performing “A Journey Through the Senses: Romantic Images and Atmospheres.” Dr. Hough’s concert includes works by Rachmaninoff (four of his preludes including Prelude in B flat major, Op. 23, no. 5 and Prelude in D flat major, Op. 32, no. 13); Stravinsky (Chez Petrouchka) and Mussorgsky (Great Gate of Kiev). She will also perform Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words and four Chopin pieces including Ballade in g minor and the Polonaise in A flat Major “Heroic,” Op. 53.
According to SYV Classical Music Series Director Linda Burrows, “We’re so thrilled to have her debut our 2017-18 season here in Los Olivos.”
Bridget Hough is a versatile pianist known for her sensitive artistry and lyrical approach to the keyboard. She is equally at home in solo, chamber, vocal and instrumental repertoire, and played in music festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Hough is regularly engaged for collaborative recording projects, competitions and performances. A specialist in collaborative piano, Hough received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Keyboard from UCSB in 2013.
The 38th annual Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Series continues with:
Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 7 p.m.: Thomas Joyce (organ)
Friday, March 9, 2018, at 7 p.m.: The Radian String Quartet featuring Mary Beth Woodruff (violin), Jane Chung (violin), Basil Vendryes (viola) and Andrew Smith (cello)
Friday, April 27, 2018, at 7 p.m.: Robert Cassidy (piano) and Ani Aznavoorian (cello, Principal Cellist of Camerata Pacifica)
Saturday, May 6, 2018, at 7 p.m.: Nichole Dechaine (soprano) with Beverly Staples (piano)
Doors for each concert open 30 minutes prior to the start with tickets being sold at the door as well as online in advance at https://www.smitv.org/concerts.html. General admission tickets are $20 and student tickets are $10 (with any student ID). There will be a complimentary reception following each concert to meet the artists and enjoy conversation and refreshments.