2017-2018 Maier Hall Concert Series kicks off Nov. 10

The 2017-2018 Maier Hall Concert Series kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, with two of the Olympic Peninsula’s most outstanding musicians.

Violinist James Garlick and violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill once played duets aboard the MV Coho between Port Angeles and Sequim. Since then, their careers have taken some remarkable turns. They were last heard in Port Angeles together as soloists in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in Eb with the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jonathan Pasternack.

They will be joined in Maier Hall by guest artists for an evening of fine chamber music.

All concerts will take place at Maier Concert Hall located on the first floor of Maier Hall (E Building) on the Port Angeles Peninsula College campus. Tickets are available from the Peninsula College bookstore or at the door. General Admission is $15, student admission (with ID) is $5 and season tickets are $40. Tickets are available through the campus bookstore at http://bookaneer.pencol.edu/Merchandise.aspx. For more information contact Dr. David P. Jones at 360-417-6405 or djones@pencol.edu.

Violinist Garlick was born in Port Angeles and is equally at home as a chamber, orchestral or solo musician. He earned degrees in violin performance from Oberlin Conservatory and neuroscience from Oberlin College as well as a graduate degree from The Juilliard School.

Since moving to Minnesota in 2012, he can be found performing weekly with the Minnesota Orchestra. Garlick performs often with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and serves as principal second violin of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble. He can also be heard regularly around the Northwest as violinist of the Onyx Chamber Players.

O’Neill is an Emmy Award winner, a two-time Grammy nominee and an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. He has appeared with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Euro-Asian philharmonics; the BBC, KBS, and Korean symphonies; the Moscow, Vienna and Württemburg chamber orchestras; Kremerata Baltica and Alte Musik Köln with conductors Andrew Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

As a recitalist he has performed at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Louvre, Salle Cortot, Madrid’s National Concert Hall, Teatro Colon, Tokyo’s International Forum and Opera City, Osaka Symphony Hall and Seoul Arts Center. A Universal/DG recording artist, he has made eight solo albums that have sold more than 200,000 copies.

The series, looking ahead

Rodger Bennett, a classical guitarist who resides in Texas, ushers in the second concert in the series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Bennett has performed extensively as a classical guitarist in Mexico, throughout the United States and in Korea, Canada, England, Ireland, Austria and Romania as a soloist and in ensembles.

In the fall of 2008, Bennett was the featured soloist for the Mesquite Symphony where he performed the Concerto in D by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. In the fall of 2013, Bennett was once again asked to be the featured soloist with the Mesquite Symphony where he performed the celebrated Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo.

He has been an artist-in-residence for the Texas Commission for the Arts, the Texarkana Regional Arts Council, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Humanities.

Although Bennett will choose his program chiefly from the classical guitar repertoire, he is also conversant with jazz and popular styles. His recital promises to be an enjoyable experience for classical guitar buffs as well as for all music lovers. He is only the second guitarist to be featured in the Maier Hall Performance Series.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, Patti Monson — a recent New York transplant and flutist of international acclaim — will be accompanied in “An Evening of Encores for Flute and Piano” by Kristin Quigley Brye, a pianist well known to local audiences and piano instructor at Peninsula College.

The audience will be treated to such classics as Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais” the Bizet/Borne “Carmen Fantasy” and “Ave Maria” that Gounod composed over the Bach Prelude No. 1. Transcriptions of songs and arias by Schubert, Fauré, Debussy and Paisello will also be on the program along with J. S. Bach’s “Sonata in C Major” and Claude Bolling’s charming “Irlandaise.”

As a flutist and conductor, Monson was a frequent guest artist on many recital series dedicated to new music, and has been invited to perform and teach contemporary repertoire and extended sounds at universities and conservatories around the world. She is one of the most recorded flutists in contemporary music having performances on the CRI, Koch, Sony Classical, Albany and Nonesuch Labels.

Monson is responsible for the commissions of several new flute works under the title “chamber music for solo flute,” a collection of pieces which are multi-voiced, in many different ways, for one flutist.

Brye, a longtime resident of Port Angeles, has a wealth of experience as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, a sensitive chamber music partner, and as a smart director of operas, musicals and theater.

Former principal horn of the Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Opera, and Anchorage Opera, Brye was a founding member of the Pacific Brass Quintet. She has been featured with the Tacoma Chamber Orchestra, the Anchorage Dark Night Series, the Alaska Chamber Music Festival and the Anchorage Civic Orchestra. She is a former faculty member of The University of Alaska Anchorage and Pacific Lutheran University, where she was co-director of the Opera Workshop program.

She is now an adjunct professor of music at Peninsula College, collaborative pianist with Northwest Women’s Chorale and maintains a busy private studio.

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