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The below performances are features from some of our guest artists from the 2021 festival. Enjoy!
Mani Subramaniam, Isabella Concerto | 2021 Virtual Music Festival
Mani Subramaniam is the Paganini of the Indian Violin. His illustrious family has appeared throughout the world and the famed “Silk Road” has included many of his colleagues and friends. Mani’s wife Kavita is a leading “Bollywood” artist, singing on over 200 films. Mani also headlines a major Indian Music Festival and has appeared a few times at the Endless Mountain Music Festival.
Liberty & Justice for All with Mansfield University Choral Ensembles, Peggy Dettwiler, Conductor
Mansfield University is proud to present “With Liberty and Justice for All,” a concert featuring fourteen selections sung by five choral ensembles with introductory readings. The theme is based upon the last words of The Pledge of Allegiance. Given the events in 2020 with the global pandemic and issues of racism on our minds, music is a way to open the doors for dialogue and resolution.
Corky Siegel | Virtual Music Festival | 2021
Corky Siegel is a very old friend. We have worked together throughout the world, including Belgrade Serbia, Hohenems Austria, and nationally in California and Delaware. As we started the Endless Mountain Music Festival, he was the featured artist in the second season. He brings a remarkable passion and enthusiasm to his virtuosity on the piano and harmonica.
"Clinch River Blues" OFFICIAL VIDEO
"Clinch River Blues” is the first track from Red Molly's 2014 CD The Red Album. Song written by A.J. Roach. Video created by Asia Kepka, photographer/videographer/artist. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/redmolly23 www.redmolly.com Red Molly is Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter.
I met Abbie Gardner when she performed at the home of the President of Millersville University. She is famous as the only female Dobro player. Many people ask what a Dobro is. It is a slide guitar, made famous by Blues legend Robert Johnson. After hearing her at the Presidents home, we immediately engaged her to come to the Festival. Abbie is a fan favorite and she has returned three times, this time joined by her husband on Bass. Abbie plays with the famous group “Red Molly”, and it took some juggling to make her a regular part of our Festival.
Sirena hails from Connecticut and was the gold medalist at the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. As a result of winning the Gold Medal, she was engaged to perform with the Lancaster Symphony. Her playing was remarkable and I immediately asked if she would come and perform with us at the Endless Mountain Music Festival. She said yes in spite of her crowded schedule and we were thrilled. Our featured presentation is her performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, which she performed as the winner of the Elmar Oliveira International Competition.
Performance - Sheng Cai Part 1
Pianist Sheng Cai performs a virtual piano recital. Sheng Cai is a Toronto native. I came across his work last year when I was paired with him to appear in Wuhan China this past April. Although I did not travel to Wuhan, I became familiar with Sheng and was thrilled when I invited him to be an artist at the Endless Mountain Music Festival. I did not travel to Wuhan and he did not attend the 2020 Endless Mountain Music Festival, we both look forward to the 2021 Endless Mountain Music Festival. On this virtual visit, Sheng will chat about himself so that you can get to know the artist, and perform some Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff.
Performance - Bram Wijnands Part 1
Pianist Bram Wijnand performs some of his exciting Jazz pieces. Bram Wijands joined our Festival in the early years and has become a fan favorite. In Spite of his easy going manner, he has been acclaimed Kansas City’s leading Jazz Pianist by the Mayor of Kansas City. His agility particularly with stride piano demonstrates a virtuosity not often experienced.
Peggy Dettwiler & Mansfield University Chorus
Peggy is one of the strongest Choral Conductors in the nation. She shepherds the choral program at Millersville University and is a very important part of our Festival. Her choruses have travelled around the world, garnering prizes and medals. Her presentations are fan favorites and draw large crowds. We are honored to have Maestro Dettwiler as a part of the Festival.
Jenny Hua Jin Part 1
EMMF Concertmaster Jenny Hua Jin comes to us from the Indianapolis Symphony and is a wonderful addition to our orchestra. Here she performs the first movement of Eugene Ysaye's Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 2 titled "Obsession." She is a member of the Indianapolis Symphony and because she knows how much I love Tango, she put together for your entertainment a string quartet of Libertango. In this string quartet, “jenny” plays both Violin 1 and violin 2- a technological feat. The quartet will perform what is reputed to be the most famous tango of Argentinian composer- Astor piazzolla.
Performance - Siwoo Kim
Violinist Siwoo Kim performs Claude Debussy's Sonata No. 3 and Jules Massenet Meditation (Thais). Siwoo is an Israeli violinist was supposed to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with us. I received a phone call five days before his scheduled arrival that he had sprained his wrist in China and could not perform with us. With four days’ notice we found Siwoo Kim and he was available to fly from New York to perform the Brahms Concerto. The performance was so memorable that we immediately engaged Siwoo to return. His charm as a person matched his remarkable musicianship.
Performance - Jessica Wilbee
essica Wilbee came to our Festival many years ago as a graduate of the Eastman School in Rochester New York. She has over the past few seasons been a soloist both at the Festival and with the Lancaster Symphony. Her disarming personality projects beyond the music and draws the listener into her world.
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