A Letter from our Artistic Director
What a year it’s been! Despite the various challenges of re-launching the series, we were able to experience entertaining, impassioned and profound performances by Trio Duende, pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Adler Fellows of the San Francisco Opera, and the Pacifica Quartet. We added a second opportunity to hear and get to know our amazing artists with the “Concert + Conversation” series, held on the Sunday following each concert. Our artists visited Northcoast Preparatory Academy, Eureka High School and Arcata High School. We embraced the challenges, pushed the envelope, and thrived.
Next season will be even more ambitious. We are presenting three string quartets from as close as San Francisco and as far afield as London, each with its own distinctive voice, each representing the best of the next generation. We’re bringing you soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and her musical and life partner, pianist Ryan McCullough. Ryan grew up in Eureka and now can be seen on PBS, as well as on concert stages throughout the world. Lucy is one of the most talented, musically and intellectually probing sopranos of her generation. I’m also excited to be returning to the series as a performer in Trio Duende. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome back pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Sophie Shao.
A goal of mine is to present masterpieces that haven’t yet been heard on our series. To this end we proudly feature local pianist Daniela Mineva in collaboration with members of the Telegraph Quartet, and I will be joining forces with both the Telegraph and the Castalian Quartets as a violist to present Brahms’ two viola quintets. These masterpieces represent what many consider to be among his greatest works.
We’re also increasing our commitment to education. Keep an eye out as we plan innovative ways to reach students and adults in the community.
So thank you for being part of the Eureka Chamber Music Series. None of this happens without you! I look forward to continuing our musical journey together.
Tom Stone, violinist
Eureka Chamber Music Series