Ariana String Quartet
October 2, 2020
With deep gratitude for your ongoing support of our live performances, the Eureka Chamber Music Series Board is thrilled to send some exciting updates and assurance that the chamber music you expect will be back. ECMS has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020-2021 season due to the Coronavirus. We know from our own experience of “sheltering” that we will all be eager to bounce back to live performances as soon as possible.
Over the next seasons, we’ll be inviting some of your favorites from the past, including the Pacifica Quartet, the Arianna Quartet, pianist Tian Ying and the San Francisco Opera Singers. Founded by Pearl and Bob Micheli, ECMS has presented world-renowned classical musicians in live concerts to Humboldt County for 27 seasons. With participation of the Board, there is no doubt the music and performers will play on.
The Board has appointed Tom Stone and Maggee VanSpeybroeck as ECMS Co-Artistic Directors. Tom and Maggee add a depth of professional expertise to keep music alive in Eureka. The Board has also added two new members, Julie Fulkerson and George Ponnay. The entire Board is committed to continue presenting world class musicians in intimate concerts while also working to expand our audience and serve the community in innovative ways.
We're also happy to bring you new fun ways to support ECMS with your donations -- please take a look at our new donor benefits under the "donate now" tab.
We are seeking input, so look to the contact information below and let us know what you think. We are listening as we plan.
With deep appreciation,
John VanSpeybroeck, Barbara Madaras, Ed Olsgard, George Ponnay and Julie Fulkerson
Here is a taste of what you need to know about our fabulous new management team:
Tom Stone was a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet and performed thousands of concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Praised by Gramophone for “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” and by the NY Times for “tender, deeply expressive” interpretations, they recorded over 15 albums and are heard regularly on hundreds of radio stations throughout the world. He has also served as artistic director of the Centrum Chamber Music Festival, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale, treasurer of InterMusic SF, and board member of Chamber Music America. Dedicated to mentoring and training the next generation of exceptionally talented musicians, Tom has mentored the prize winners of the Banff international String Quartet Competition and was a visiting artist at Harvard, MIT, Stanford and other elite universities. Recently he formed a piano trio called “Duende” with award winning musicians Awadagin Pratt and Sophie Shao.
Maggee VanSpeybroeck is a Humboldt County native and has been attending the Eureka Chamber Music Series since its very first concert, during which, at age 6, she fell asleep in the front row and got a wink from the violist of the Australian String Quartet. Maggee’s musical education continued at the University of Kansas and the Eastman School of Music, where she received her master’s degrees in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. From 2013 through 2016, She was Executive Director for the Cypress Performing Arts Association in San Francisco. Maggee pursued her MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she focused on business strategy and brand marketing.
Tom adds, “Eureka is a dynamic community and I couldn’t be more excited about building on the legacy of ECMS to bring great music to Humboldt County! Maggee and I worked closely together for a number of years at the Cypress Performing Arts Association and it’s a joy to be reunited to work together on this wonderful series and ensure it has a vibrant future!”
PS. The Board of ECMS can hardly wait for you to meet these two dynamos and to see you in the music hall!
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