Karen braved the climb to the ridge line to view the installation of 24 solar panel arrays on the south facing roof of the house.
The general contractor for the job, including an energy audit, was the non-profit organization Sustainable Works. The solar arrays were manufactured in Marysville by Silicon Energy. And the installation of the solar array was by Artisan Electric.
Karen announced to a packed studio at the end of Saint Helen’s concert Sunday that we will be hosting a concert by the group next year, around this time! Perhaps they will play Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 6″ again — it’s a transcendent piece of music.
The adventurous quartet presented two pieces by composers who attended the concert — Janice Giteck and David Dossett. Video clips of both are embedded below.
Janice Giteck writes in the program notes:
“Ricercare: Dream Upon Arrival came in the first year I started Social Security, a good time to begin composing without pushing out the notes! I intentionally worked for only 1-2 hours at a time and only once or twice a week. The result is rather easy-going, ordinary yet expressive music, formed into several sections. Historically, Ricercare originated in the 16th Century as a quasi-improvised form similar to a toccata. Ricercare, in Italian, literally means “to seek again or search out.” Personally, the title reflects my experience of each section evolving toward, and inevitably resolving into the next section. I really enjoyed composing this piece and thank Paige for inviting me to make something new for the Saint Helens String Quartet.”
David Dossett writes:
“All the Usual Refinements, commissioned by the Cornish College Dance Department, was the result of a crucial turning point in my compositional approach. After discovering, obsessing , and burying myself in the dark, seductive music of the European minimalists, I forced myself to limit a piece to a single, very simple idea, and develop an entire movement around it, much like the music of Arvo Part, or Pawel Lukaszewski. This single movement for string quartet is based on a single motif, which is first repeated, then expanded, and finally echoed cannonically through the entire quartet until reaching it’s natural conclusion of the beginning chord, one octave below.”
And what a grand concert it will be!. The Saint Helen’s String Quartet returns with classic pieces from what once was the edge of modern music to a commissioned world premiere!
Sunday, August 19th — save the date now!
Paige writes, we have our concert choices figured out! Here they are:
Shostakovich’s “String Quartet #6″
Aulis Salinen’s “String Quartet #3 — Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik’s Funeral”
Ken Benshoof’s “Swing Low”
David Dossett’s “All the Usual Refinements”
and Janice Giteck’s “Ricercare — Dream Upon Arrival” — a commissioned, world premiere!
We are so happy to see Ken’s “Swing Lo” in the line up because Warner used it in a documentary about family wheat farming in eastern Washington. If you wish to read more about the project after viewing the 12 minute clip below, click HERE!
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Make a Day of It: Join Karen at Yoga Circle Studio as she welcomes Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey for a stimulating workshop: “Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation” from 1-4p the same day!
Coming up Sunday, July 8th, Chuck Deardorf will be leading his quartet performing works from the standard jazz repertoire — Cole Porter, Duke Ellington; as well as, orignal works by members of the quartet, Dawn Clement and Dave Peterson.
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The idea of hosting summer concerts in our studio began in 2002 when we invited Warner’s brother Pete, and his son Robert to perform. Ten years later, nephew Robert and brother Pete are returning to open our final season of regular summer concerts.
Yes! Lots of good sounds have bounced around the barrel-vault nave over the past ten years, barely to mention the fantastic summer suppers laid out by Karen; but, as you can imagine, it’s lots of work.
So here’s hoping you will join us this summer for at least one of three concerts planned beginning this Sunday.
A promotional trailer for last year’s Jamboree produced by Warner from his documentary “A Subdued Doc” celebrating 10 years of subduedness at the Deming Logging Show grounds near Bellingham
Jamboree co-founder, producer and nephew Robert Sarazin Blake has invited one of the most popular groups from the annual Jamboree to join him in Snohomish — the Crow Quill Night Owls!
Now, what kind of music would a group play with a name like that? Hint: instruments include a washboard, a washtub one string base, and a jug!
You will want to wear your dancing shoes on Sunday, June 3, for our first concert of the 2012 summer.
And Peter Blake will be performing a few of his popular family friendly numbers.
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Yes! Snohomish’s own Wired! Band is playing a fundraising concert here on Friday, May 18, from 7 to 9p.
The $20 suggested contribution will go toward producing the 5th Annual Taste of Music Fest held in August, downtown Snohomish. Last year, the Wired! won a spot at the festival to represent the Washington Blues Society in Memphis at the 2012 International Blues Challenge — which they won — First Place!
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