Dear Music Lover,
The Eureka Chamber Music Series (ECMS) is about to launch one of the most exciting seasons since its inception some 28 years ago. Our new artistic directors have scheduled a series of musical artists with international renown, and we are writing to ask you to be a part of making this the phenomenal success it deserves to be.
Trio Duende, with White House performer pianist Awadagin Pratt, will start the season on September 11. Our second performance will be with Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman on November 6, who as a child prodigy in 1987 left the Soviet Union, a month later giving his first concert in the U.S. at the Reagan White House. We will also be presenting the Adler Fellows of the San Francisco Opera, as well as Grammy Award winning Pacifica String Quartet.
This season we will be moving our concerts to Saturday night at 7:30. The Saturday evening time will open up new opportunities for us to expand our outreach activities and schedule more school performances and community events. We hope all of you will join us for our 4 subscription concerts this season and stay tuned as we plan additional events and concerts for you to enjoy.
ECMS would be remiss if we did not recognize the possible effect of Covid-19 on the upcoming season. We heartily recommend Covid vaccination not only to protect our performers but also to protect yourself, your loved ones and our community. We will be monitoring the appropriate public health recommendations carefully. Click here For information about vaccinations humboldtgov.org.
With the high quality of the concerts of the 2021-22 season, our resources will be tested. Fortunately many of us have saved money by eating at home and not attending live concerts and events for over a year, and we can think of no better place to celebrate our enthusiasm for the return of classical music than to direct a donation to the music we all love.
We are proud of our 28 year legacy. We hope you will join with us to ensure the presentation of live world class music in Humboldt County for years to come.
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.
Peter Kibbe has been brought on board as administrative manager, and couldn't be more thrilled to participate. His family has lived in Humboldt for more than 25 years, and he's looking forward to four FANTASTIC concerts this season. He's also the webpage editor and email marketing manager.
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!