Portland Preview Astoria Music Festival
$30 Day of Show
Door 6:30pm - All Ages Show - Bar with I.D.
Special Thanks to our sponsor All Classical
The Old Church Concert Hall is proud to welcome back for the 6th year, Astoria Music Festivals only performance in Portland. Pianist, Director of Chamber Music, and musical raconteur CARY LEWIS previews the Festival for Portland audiences with a concert featuring violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, cellist SERGEY ANTONOV, and soprano DEBORAH MAYER in a program of chamber music including Sonata for Cello and Piano by Xavier Scharwenka, Duo for Violin and Piano by Franz Schubert , Trio in D minor, Op 63 by Robert Schumann and Wesendonck Lieder by Richard Wagner.
Violinist Solomiya Ivakhiv has quickly earned a reputation for performing with distinctive charm and subtle profundity (Daily Freeman, New York) and a crystal clear and noble sound (Culture and Life, Ukraine). Known for her work as a soloist and chamber musician, she regularly appears on solo concert series in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has been featured at prestigious chamber music festivals including Tanglewood, Ottawa Chamberfest, and Newport Music Festival. Her performances are often broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, WRTI, KUNR, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and Chinese Hunan Television.
Highly sought as a chamber musician, Ms. Ivakhiv frequently collaborates with such renowned artists as Gary Graffman, Roberto Diaz, Steven Isserlis, Philip Setzer, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Melvin Chen and Eugene Drucker. She has been featured in many national and international chamber music festivals including Tanglewood, Embassy Series, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and Newport Music Festival (U.S.), Ottawa Chamberfest (Canada), Prussia Cove (England), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), AlpenKammerMusik (Austria) and Kammermusik Bodensee (Switzerland). Since 2010, she has been Artistic Director of Music at the Institute (MATI) Concert Series in New York City, where she is also a frequent performer. Ms. Ivakhiv is a founding member of an Ensemble in Residence (piano trio) at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City.
Cellist Sergey Antonov enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician. Critics throughout the world have hailed him as destined for cello superstardom -Washington Post, combining formidable technique and an incredibly warm, penetrating and vibrant tone to a romantic musical sensibility to create music - making of a highest caliber - Budapest Sun. After one of the Newport Festival concerts in RI, a critic wrote ... a performance with soaring phrases and a tone to die for. Sergeys performance of the Elgar concerto drew the critic of the Moscows Daily Telegraph to write: [he] is a musician who has his own inner space, where he submerges himself from the very first soundwho turns each phrase, every deeply felt sound into an event of his own inner monologue. The theme of this monologue is existential suffering; a change of intricately noted emotions, directly related to the unexplainable condition known as Spiritual Life. A Canadian critic wrote: Antonov conveyed ...a world of expression from plaintive hope to existential pathos.
One of the recent reviewers wrote, No virtuosic challenge is more than his equal.
After winning the Gold Medal in the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia, Sergey has been touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America performing in halls ranging from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with musicians such as Denis Matsuev, Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz Gerald, Ekaterina Mechetina, Harve A Kaoua, Carl Ponten, Dora Schwartzberg, John Lenehan, Colin Carr, Cynthia Phelps, Martin Chalifour, David Chan, among others, as well as his permanent piano partner Ilya Kazantsev. The duo has recorded several CDs of traditional cello-piano repertoire as well as their own transcriptions, recorded in their CD album Elegy.
Sergey is a member of the acclaimed Hermitage Piano Trio with Ilya Kazantsev and violinist Misha Keylin.
Deborah Mayer's interpretation of the demanding soprano roles of Wagner, Verdi, and Mozart have received critical acclaim in several of the world's leading opera houses. This season she sings the title role in Aida, and Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Eugene Opera.
She recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gerhilde in Die Walküre in Robert LePages new landmark production of The Ring Cycle conducted by Fabio Luisi. This performance marked her Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast debut. She also recently debuted with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lothar Koenigs, and featuring Byrn Terfel as Wotan, in Act III of Die Walküre in the role of Gerhilde at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Also an accomplished recitalist, Ms. Mayer was invited by the Richard Wagner Society of Bayreuth to present a recital in Bayreuth. Germany. She holds the distinction of being the first American awarded a stipendium by this prestigious organization. Ms. Mayer also sang Richard Wagner'sWesendonck Lieder in recital for the Richard Wagner Society of Chicago. As a recipient of the American Wagner Association prize in the Liederkranz Competition in 2010, she performed in recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) . She received her Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University where she studied with world-renowned soprano Virginia Zeani, and her husband, the legendary basso Nicola Rossi-Lemeni.
Ms. Mayer can be heard singing excerpts from Cavalleria Rusticana in the 2016 film Through the Looking Glass, available on Netflix.
Pianist Cary Lewis, Director of Chamber Music at the Astoria Music Festival, is in frequent demand as a collaborative pianist for soloists and chamber music groups. He joined William Preucil (concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra) and his wife, cellist Dorothy Lewis, to form the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvorak Trios was honored by TIME Magazine as one of the Ten Best Recordings in 1993. With degrees from the University of North Texas as well as a doctorate and Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, he was a Fulbright scholar for two years in Vienna. His teachers included Eugene List, Brooks Smith, and Dieter Weber. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and in other music capitals of the United States and Europe. Dr. Lewis is retired from the faculty of Georgia State University in Atlanta and is now based in Portland, Oregon. In recent years he has participated in festivals in Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Maine, Hawaii, St. Croix and Turkey, and has recorded over three dozen albums featuring works from the standard literature as well as music by American composers.
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