Yachats Music Festival 2014: A classical weekend on the gorgeous coast

Posted by The Oregon Coast / July 1, 2014

By David Stabler for The Oregonian

yachats music fest courtesy photo

As if anyone need another reason to visit Yachats, one of the prettiest spots on the Oregon coast, consider the Yachats Music Festival. Nineteen performers, including Leon Bates, the distinguished pianist, perform beautiful classical music in one of the few remaining classical festivals on the coast. Four concerts take place Friday through Sunday, July 11-13.

In addition, performers will present day-time seminars: “Paul Robeson, Renaissance Man” by baritone Autris Paige; “Differences? What Differences? A Violin and Viola Comparison” by Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violinist and Ayn Balija, violist; “Town and Country: Traditional Chinese music of the Guqin and the Guzheng” by David Wong, guqin and gushing player; and “Haynes Flutes: The Genesis of Great American Flute-making” by Marco Granados, flutist.

The concerts:

Friday, July 11 – 8:00 pm

Cello solo – Bach: from Suite, No. 1 (Elaine Kreston)
Piano solo – Mozart: from Sonata, K. 310 (Leon Bates)
Clarinet/piano – Weber: from Gran Duo Concertante, Op. 48 (Tom Rose, Gerry Hecht)
Baritone/piano – Woodman: I Am Thy Harp (Autris Paige, Gerry Hecht)
Celtic Harp – “Spring” (Portia Diwa)
Baritone/piano – Hector Campos-Parsi: Aguacero & Madrugada (Rafael LeBron, David Sigal)
Flute/piano – Mike Mower: from Sonata Latino (Marco Granados, Leon Bates)
Guzheng solo – Autumn Moon Over the Han Palace (David Wong)
Baritone/piano – Quilter: Take, O take those lips away (Autris Paige, Gerry Hecht)

To read the entire article on OregonLive.com, click here.

Story by David Stabler
(Courtesy photo of pianist Leon Bates)
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