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Midsummer Night’s Dream @ Seasons
August 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Saturday, Aug 17, 2019: 7:30 PM
Spend a Dreamy Midsummer Night with an All-Strings Concert Curated by Kevin Krentz
Tickets: Balcony (all ages): $12;
Main Floor (all ages): $18;
VIP Table: (21+ – Alcohol, snacks served)
Enjoy a Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Seasons with heavenly strings, and a familiar face and be wafted away on the music.
Kevin Krentz of the fabled Finisterra Piano Trio whose recording of Daron Hagen Trios was released to great acclaim on Naxos Records in 2011, has curated a delightful summer concert for your pleasure. It includes two couples: Kevin and his wife and long-standing musical companion Haeyoon Shin Krentz as well as CernaBella, a teaming of violinist Luka Sesek and violist wife Amber Sesek. All have resumes with the best orchestras and ensembles.
They will play musical selections old and new, from a Handel/Halvorsen Sarabande, through selected movements of a brilliant “Serenade” by modern composer Paul Klengel, to an amazing romantic masterwork for Violin, Viola and two Cellos by the Russian composer who taught Tchaikovsky, Anton Arensky.
The Midsummer Night’s Dream part will come from the evening garden party setting inside The Seasons Performance which will make it a night to remember, a night of romance, and the tug at the heartstrings from beautiful strings — a guarantee in the acoustics of The Seasons.
Kevin Krentz, and his Finisterra Trio was The Seasons Artist in Residence from 2006 through 2009, and appeared in many concerts and festivals through 2012. Krentz plays cello, and also enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher, inventor, and artistic director. He is artistic director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, in Washington state, and artistic director of the Relevancy Project, a concert series performed at Seattle University, where he teaches. Krentz has been a winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, with his trio, In Flight 3, and was a winner in the Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition, in Verona, Italy. He also is founder of Krentz String Works, which primarily develops and sells his inventions, including the Krentz Modulator, which can be found in nearly every major symphony in the world, since its launch in 2013. Other innovations have involved aspects of instrument tone enhancement and accessory designs. Krentz recently married his long time companion and fellow cellist, Haeyoon Shin Krentz, and they have played together for many years.
CernaBella: Luka and Amber Sesek
Burgos, Spain, July 2013.
Luka, a violinist from Serbia by way of Slovenia, met Amber, a violist from America. After only having known each other two weeks, they decided they did not want to be apart. Luka moved to the US in August of 2014 to be with the love of his life. The couple was married a few months later in December.
Not long after, Amber had a dream about a name for a chamber music project that Luka initially conceived a few months prior. She had recently started studying Serbian and realized something interesting: the words for “black” and “white” in Serbian were strikingly similar “to grow” and “beautiful” in Spanish. (Amber’s parents were born in the Dominican Republic and Panama.) Hence, CernaBella was born.
Now five years after their chance encounter, they are embarking on this musical journey. CernaBella’s goal is to find the intersection of traditional and contemporary music both in terms of history and in terms of culture. As we know, most of what is performed in classical concerts today are the tried, true and tested pillars of Western European art music. Luminaries such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and even Bartok are always welcome sights on a program. However there is a new generation of music and compositional figures emerging, many of which/whom are not from the same cultures or ethnic backgrounds as the luminaries of the past, but worthy of being recognized nonetheless.
As products of immigration, CernaBella seeks to delve deep into the waters of composition which is culturally relevant to performers. These are from, but not limited to, the Balkans and regions of Eastern Europe, Spain and Latin America, and the African diaspora which can be found all over the Western Hemisphere. The objective is to create an authenticity to the performance that creates a palpable connection to the listener, while simultaneously expanding the string duo repertoire (which historically has been undervalued) and other chamber music repertoire by commissioning original works.
By bringing together both the “old school” and the “new school”, it is CernaBella’s hope that the music presented and inspired from his project will touch lives, draw new audiences to classic music and create a sense of cohesion amongst people of all colors and creeds. For we are all more alike than we are different.