Tuesday, January 26, 2010
For the second time in three months, Columbia Gorge Arts in Education is bringing the Vinca Quartet, an award-winning string quartet to the Columbia Gorge for two weeks of in-school residencies, workshops and community concerts.
Vinca's visit is part of the larger Gorgeous Sounds program, which works to enhance the culture of classical music in the Gorge.
The Vincas are a dynamic young stringed quartet whose work has been hailed as "stunning" and "worth keeping an eye on" by the New York Times. In addition to performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, the Vincas have a strong educational outreach program which fulfills their mission of spreading the power and beauty of classical music to new audiences. They will visit the Gorge three times this year, for over five weeks of residencies and community concerts.
On this visit, the Quartet will visit Whitson Elementary and Henkle Middle School, working directly with third through eighth grade classes on interpreting and performing classical music. They will emphasize the communicative aspect of music, as well leadership development through performance.
This visit is underwritten by generous support from the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation.
The Quartet will visit Klickitat School for one day, working with the parent-driven recorder program at that school. They will also conduct residencies in May Street Elementary, Chenowith Elementary and Mosier School.
Finally, the Quartet will perform two community concerts: one on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., at Riverside Church in Hood River and one on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m., at St. Peters Landmark Church in The Dalles. They will be performing works by Mozart, Schubert and Schumann.
Donations ($5 children; $10 adults) will be appreciated.
Concerts are produced in partnership with the Gorge Music Series.