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Chamber Music Sedona Celebrates Music from Around the World

Blue Grass Residency is a First for Red Rock Country

by Donna Schist

Print Version

Chamber Music Sedona is recognized for the artistic diversity of the finest order and this is exemplified during its 24 year history. From its simple beginnings in 1982 to today as one of the southwest’s most important rural presenters, Chamber Music Sedona celebrates the human experience using the vast artistic resources represented by its trustees, staff and members.


In 1998, mandolin wizard Mike Marshall appeared in Sedona with The Modern Mandolin Quartet, an ensemble that blazed new music trails. The MMQ performance with Marshall as first mandolinist, demonstrated an artistic and technical command that has brought Marshall back to Sedona four times: twice with Chris Thile, once with Edgar Meyer, another with Darol Anger. In 2003, Marshall accepted an invitation to serve as an artistic advisor for Chamber Music Sedona.


The Burnett Family


As a result of Marshall’s influence, Chamber Music Sedona will hold its first Bluegrass Residency, May 2-6, offering a multiplicity of activities serving as “points of entry” for the seasoned, unseasoned, and curious.


“While this residency will be different from past ones, one of the most important genres in today’s world is bluegrass, a style that reflects the American experience, and continues to grow in popularity,” said Bert Harclerode, Chamber Music Sedona executive director.


The resident quartet, Richard Greene & The Brothers Barton, will be featured in a mix of programs free and ticketed. Grammy winning fiddler Richard Greene has joined forces with brilliant bluegrass duo The Brothers Barton and master bassist Jim Whitney.


From classic bluegrass and old-time music played the way Bill Monroe taught Greene to exciting original compositions, this new ensemble consistently achieves packed houses with standing ovations and encores the norm.


Chase Coleman


Together the four have superb chemistry and charisma, playing with equal reverence for tradition and innovation. Greene continues to work with many of the most notable artists including J.D. Crowe, Tony Rice, Tony Trischka, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Andy Statman, Dave Frishberg, Buell Neidlinger, Larry McNeely, Melissa Hasin. It was Bill Monroe who said “...There’s not a man in the country that can do what Richard can do...”


Wednesday evening, May 2, Greene will give a “Fireside Chat” at the Sedona Public Library as part of the Sunterra Title Series “Free Chamber Music at the Library.” The program is open to the public and all patrons are asked to bring two cans of food for what has become a tradition.

Thursday, May 3, Greene & The Brothers Barton perform in-school “Concerts for Youth” at West Sedona, Big Park and Sedona Red Rock High School.


Friday, May 4, the Quartet will perform a free concert at the Sedona Historical Museum in a Brown Bag Bluegrass Concert from high noon to 1 p.m.


Loren Barton


Friday evening Chamber Music Sedona will present a barbecue “Pickin in the Canyon BBQ at Bacon Rind Park” as a Friend & Fun Raiser.  For reservations to the 5:30-7:30 p.m. event call Chamber Music Sedona at 204-2415


Saturday, May 5, afternoon from noon to 5 p.m., Richard Greene & The Brothers Barton will be joined by The Burnett Family Bluegrass for “Bowin,” Pluckin’ and Pickin,’ at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff. The afternoon will include a series of informances (informal performances with dialogue and Q&A), workshops and lessons.


“This will be a special treat for all that are interested in bluegrass and want to improve their skills,” said Greene. “Bert’s told me all about the Northern Arizona Bluegrass Scene, and we’re excited to be a part of this. We look forward to meetin’ and greetin’ new friends and particularly the Burnett Family.” 


Paul Barton


Admission for the afternoon is $20/adults or $15 in advance.  Students to age 18 with ID are free of charge. The Flagstaff program is made possible with support from the Flagstaff Community Foundation with housing assistance provided by the Radisson Woodlands Hotel.  Private lessons with Richard Greene, Paul and Loren Barton and Jim Whitney can be arranged via email at SedonaBluegrass@aol.com


Sunday is the crowning jewel of the residency, beginning at 11:00 a.m., when Joey Bistro will take on a folk atmosphere for a brunch and bluegrass concert featuring Greene and colleagues unplugged. 


The menu includes Pumpkin stuffed Ravioli with Amaretto Cream Sauce appetizer. Entree Selection includes a choice of Eggs Forestiere, poached eggs atop toasted English Muffin, ladled with Wild Mushroom Sauce, or Chicken Alla Di Favio, grilled Chicken Breast with Tarragona Rock Shrimp Cream Sauce. Entrees are served with Red Rock Springs Farmers Market fresh vegetables and Chef’s choice of starch. Dessert is a Gino Tiramisu. A glass of champagne is served as is coffee or tea.  Reservations are $65/person and must be made in advance. Seating is limited to 50.


Richard Greene


The Sedona Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by and takes place at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa, from 1-6:00 p.m., creekside. Featured are The Oak Creek Boys, Stephanie Bettman & The Boys, The Burnett Family Bluegrass, and Richard Greene & The Brothers Barton.


Free trolley service will provide transportation to the festival from the primary parking lot at Crestview Community Church, Highway 89A and Airport Road. Festival admission is $25 for adults and $10 for youth to age 12.


Quick Piano Competition and Recital


Northern Arizona piano students ages 12-18 will compete for cash prizes and for the chance to perform in concert during the 11th Quick Memorial Piano Competition Saturday, April 14, at the Sedona Public Library, in West Sedona.


“Some 25 young pianists will compete in this program,” said program coordinator Helen Black. “It is so wonderful to see these talented young people, and it’s a real thrill to see the winners of this program perform. The performances will take place Friday, April 20, 7:00 p.m., at St. John Vianney Church, in West Sedona.


The competition was established to honor LaReine Quick. “We’re very pleased with this program that has seen many a fine pianist from Northern Arizona,” said Douglas “Pete” Quick, Quick Family Trustee. “Mom was classically trained and she was at ease with the most challenging classical works, but she could also get to the heart of a standard and the soul of the blues. It is in this spirit that we carry on this program now in its 16th year.”


Immediately following the concert by Trio con Brio - Copenhagen, April 22, all Quick Memorial Piano Competition participants will be invited to a master class offered by Trio con Brio - Copenhagen pianist Jens Elvekjaer.


The piano recital on April 20 is part of the Sunterra Community Series “Free Chamber Music at the Library,” and will next present fiddler and American Bluegrass legend Richard Greene in a Fireside Chat at the Sedona Public Library with CMS executive director Bert Harclerode and CMS Trustee and musician Chris Seymour. Admission to each of the free programs is two cans of non perishable food that will be contributed to Sedona charities.


Flagstaff pianist featured in Free Concert series


Chamber Music Sedona kicks off its spring concert line-up with a recital by Flagstaff pianist Chase Coleman as part of CMS’ Free Chamber Music at the Library series, April 11, 7:00 p.m., at the Sedona Public Library in West Sedona. While the program is free, each patron is asked to bring two cans of food that will be donated to the Sedona Community Center.


“Chase is a very special artist,” said Bert Harclerode, CMS executive director. “The program will be memorable.”


 “Chase has in his fingers cocktails, chestnuts and more,” said Harclerode. “Explained in musical terms, his musical palate covers everything from popular works to the great classics. Chase always adds informative commentary to his program and I’m looking forward to his performance.”

Seating is limited to 90 patrons and doors open at 6:45 p.m. All patrons will be invited to join the CMS mailing list by signing in and in turn all patrons who sign in will have the chance to win CMS posters by the late Irv Burkee, as well as concert tickets to the April 22 concert featuring Trio con Brio - Copenhagen.




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