The public is invited to attend the 39th annual Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series featuring renowned artists performing at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church located at 2901 Nojoqui Ave. in Los Olivos. According to Linda Burrows, who coordinates the series, “The opportunity to experience great artists of passion and integrity perform masterworks by distinguished composers enriches one’s emotional and intellectual life. To hear stirring music in St. Mark’s Church is especially moving and uplifting.” According to music critic Josef Woodward, St. Mark’s Church is noted for stunning acoustics, serene ambiance and “It’s a fine place to hear serious music.”
The first event of the 39th annual series will feature renowned pianist Robert Cassidy and cellist Ani Aznavoorian, performing “The Beethoven Cycle Part II” on Friday, November 16, at 7 p.m. Cassidy remarks, “We created The Beethoven Project to immerse the audience in the emotional complexities and musical brilliance of Beethoven’s complete sonatas and variations for piano and cello.” The featured pieces on this program are three sonatas, Op 5. No 1, Op. 69, and Op. 102 No 1; as well as the 12 Variations from Mozart’s Magic Flute. The artists performed “The Beethoven Cycle Part I” at St. Mark’s on April 29, 2018 to great acclaim.
St. Mark’s Priest and Rector Dr. Randall Day is pleased to announce that Dr. Robert Cassidy has assumed the newly created role of artistic director for the Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series beginning this season. Day states, “Dr. Cassidy will contribute his wealth of knowledge and experience to enhance the existing program and expand its influence throughout the region. He’s been a regular series performer, one of our artistic advisors and we welcome him in this new, influential role.”
The 39th annual Santa Ynez Valley Concert Series presents these other renowned artists this season.
Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 7 p.m.: The Los Angeles Reed Quintet (LARQ)
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.: Violinist Paul Stein and Pianist Bridget Hough
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.: Violist Richard O’Neill and Pianist Robert Cassidy
Doors for each concert open 30 minutes prior to the start with tickets being sold at the door as well as online in advance www.smitv.org/syv-concert-series.html