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Sierra Quartet performs during digital concert – Times-Standard

On April 30 at 7 p.m., the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival will present another digital concert online.

The program will feature live performances from the Sierra Quartet, a California-based string quartet that creates interesting and moving programs that showcase masterpieces of the classical era with newer works that shine with lyricism, originality and creativity.

Attendees must register to attend via the festival website at www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org. Admission is on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale, also accessible via the website.

Held on Zoom, the festival’s digital concerts have been popular events during the pandemic times.

“Our current format for programs puts an emphasis on creating a real live experience,” said festival director and program host Ian Scarfe. “Each concert not only offers live musical performances, but also short interviews with our musicians and guest artists from around the world, as well as a chance for the audience to participate in a Q&A session and live discussion.”

Cellist James Jaffe has been a longtime regular of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and is a founding member of the Sierra Quartet. Joining him will be violist Christina Simpson, who has also appeared at TACMF events and tours, and violinists Elbert Tsai and Rochelle Nguyen. The quartet have appeared in concerts across California, from the casual atmosphere of house concerts in San Francisco to the wildernesses of the high Sierras. They are also a resident ensemble of Festival Rolland, held in Burgundy in rural France.

The musical selections will feature not only different styles of classical music, but also offer different looks at the ensemble and each of its four musicians. Each performer will present a short solo work, which will serve to both showcase their instrument and also introduce new composers such as the Belgian romantic Eugene Ysaye, the Portland-based violist and composer Kenji Bunch, the San Francisco-based jazz artist Julie Barwick, and the legendary Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Following these short introductions, the quartet will come together to perform quartets by W. A. Mozart and Jessie Montgomery’s work “STRUM,” which was featured last at the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival’s 2019 Summer Series.

As usual, the program will be hosted by Scarfe, who will lead the audience and musicians through an interactive, interview-style experience.

“Music is about community,” Scarfe said, “and it continues to amaze me how we can create these kind of intimate and engaging experiences through our digital concerts.”

More information about the festival and the concert can be found at www.TrinityAlpsCMF.org.


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