2/11/2005 Timmons, Oregon Symphony players to be featured in concert at Linfield
McMINNVILLE ? Members of the Oregon Symphony will team up with acclaimed pianist Jill Timmons to present "Music for Strings and Piano," Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.
The concert, which features works by Ernest Bloch, Franz Schubert and Antonin Dvorak, will provide an opportunity for local residents to hear some of the state?s top classical musicians, said Timmons, artist-in-residence and professor of music at Linfield College.
"It?s rare that members of the Oregon Symphony come to McMinnville to perform," Timmons said. "These individuals are some of the best in their field, and have performed extensively throughout the Northwest. We?ve often played together at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, but this is the first time we?ve performed at Linfield and in McMinnville."
In addition to Timmons, the concert will feature Peter Frajola, associate concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony; Ron Blessinger, violin; Ken Finch, cello; and Brian Quincy, viola.
The program includes material that utilizes the strengths of all five musicians, Timmons said. The Dvorak quintet is one of his most popular and difficult works in the piano quintet genre. The Schubert Trio, Op. 99 is the pinnacle in piano trio repertoire and the Bloch pieces explore the composer?s Jewish roots and contain both pathos and a joyous exuberance, she added.
"We wanted to make the program both celebratory as well as culturally diverse," Timmons said.
Tickets for the concert are $35 and are available in advance through the Linfield College Relations office, 026 Melrose Hall, 503-883-2217. Proceeds from the concert will be used to fund improvements to Melrose Auditorium, which is the prime venue for musical concerts at Linfield.
Frajola is known to audiences throughout the Northwest. He has been the concertmaster of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival Orchestra since 1992. He previously served as assistant concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and co-concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony. He has been a member of the Eugene, Marin and San Francisco Opera orchestras. As a soloist, he has given concerto performances with the Knoxville Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Central Oregon Symphony, the Ernest Bloch Festival and the Columbia Symphony. He holds a degree from the San Francisco Conservatory where he was a Murdock Scholar.
Blessinger, a member of the Oregon Symphony since 1990, also served as concertmaster of the Cascade Festival Orchestra for five years. He has been concertmaster of the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra and principal second violin of the AIMS orchestra in Graz, Austria. As artistic director of the acclaimed Third Angle ensemble, Blessinger has performed hundreds of works by the new generation of composers, with a focus on the work of Northwest artists. He was the executive producer of Third Angle?s recording of "The Soldier?s Tale," featuring James DePreist as narrator. He has degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory.
Quincy has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and is the former principal violist with the Sacramento Symphony. He has participated in the Tanglewood Fellowship Program, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West and has been a regular guest artist at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Music where he studied with Donald McInnes.
Finch has been a member of both the Colorado and Rochester Philharmonics. He has given numerous recitals in the Northwest and has played concertos with a number of orchestras in the region, most notably the Oregon Symphony, the Corvallis/OSU Orchestra, the University of Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players. Finch has been principal cellist of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival Orchestra since 1992 and is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the Eastman School of Music.
Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo and ensemble artist. Her recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery of Art received public acclaim and her Chicago debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series was broadcast live on WFMT. Timmons has toured throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile. In the U.S., she has performed under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts and has been heard on National Public Radio. Her recordings include The Complete Piano Works of William Bergsma, Chamber Music of Dexter Morrill, The Violin/Viola-Piano Music of Amy Beach and In Tandem, Music for Two Pianos. Since 2000, she has been a regular guest artist at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival. Timmons holds degrees from the University of Washington and Boston University.
For ticket information on the concert, call College Relations, 503-883-2217.