S&R Foundation Announces 2015 Overtures Spring Concert Series, Featuring Range of Styles from Emerging International Artists, First Halcyon House Concert

January 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – January 22, 2015 – S&R Foundation announced its Spring 2015 Overtures Concert Series featuring 10 evenings of diverse music from an array of exciting artists. Now entering its fourth-year, the series provides a platform for emerging musicians to perform at early stages in their careers, and showcases world-class international artists as well. The series runs from March 12 through to May 16 and will feature a varied selection of music from Vivaldi to Stravinsky, to 20th century cabaret and the world premiere of a new work by composer Dai Fujikara. Most concerts take place at the intimate Evermay Estate in Georgetown.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, S&R Foundation supports talented individuals with high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship. Since 2001, the S&R Washington Award (an annual award presented by the Foundation) has helped nurture and encourage artists and the Overtures Spring Series features prize-winning laureates throughout. Making his Washington DC debut in the opening concert of the Spring Series is the highly gifted young violinist and 2013 awardee Ryu Goto (March 12).

Following its run of performances with The Washington Ballet in a ground-breaking production of Swan Lake in April 2015, Evermay Chamber Orchestra will perform a special all-concerto program at the newly renovated Halcyon House (April 15). Tickets for this exclusive performance are $35.

May 1 marks a special collaboration with the Library of Congress – S&R’s second – featuring Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Lorna McGhee; Curator of Musical Instruments and speaker for the evening, Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, and pianist Ryo Yanagitani. The trio will take the audience on a journey exploring the ancient history of the flute, with McGhee performing on some of the Library’s rare instruments from the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection.

The full schedule for the 2015 Overtures Spring Concert Series is as follows:

Thursday, March 12 | 7:30pm | Ryu Goto | Evermay Estate
Violinist Ryu Goto’s flair, spontaneity and freshness of musical vision have been praised by the likes of Vladimir Ashkenazy and the late Lorin Maazel. A celebrated concerto soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Ryu Goto is a 2013 S&R Washington Award winner and makes his Washington DC premiere in the opening concert of the spring 2015 Overtures series.

Friday, March 20 | 7:30pm | Academy of Vocal Arts | Evermay Estate
The Philadelphia-based Academy of Vocal Arts has been incubating some of the nation’s brightest vocal talents since 1934. Two of AVA’s finest performers, soprano Vanessa Vasquez and baritone Michael Adams, appear at Evermay in an intimate performance of arias and duets from operas by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Donizetti.

Friday, March 27 | 7:30pm | Soichi Muraji | Evermay Estate
Washington DC-based classical guitarist Soichi Muraji is a 2013 S&R Washington Award winner. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious ”Andrés Segovia Prize,” Soichi Muraji is a versatile performer who returns to Evermay with a diverse program featuring the World Premiere of a new work for guitar by Dai Fujikara entitled Chance Monsoon. Muraji also performs music by Toru Takemitsu and Frederic Mompou.

Wednesday, April 15 | 7:00pm | Evermay Chamber Orchestra | Halcyon House
Led by S&R Washington Award Grand Prize winner Tamaki Kawakubo, and conducted by Munich-based conductor/double bassist Nabil Shehata, Evermay Chamber Orchestra assembles for an exhilarating spring performance at Halcyon House. Showcasing each member’s world-class soloist abilities, the ensemble perform Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Giovanni Bottesini’s Double Concerto for violin and double bass, and Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons.

Tuesday, April 21 | 7:30pm | Alissa and Jura Margulis (violin/piano) | Evermay Estate
Praised by Martha Argerich for her “strong musical personality,” violinist Alissa Margulis has collaborated with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Misha Maisky, and Alexandre Tharaud. Margulis is a member of the Evermay Chamber Orchestra and appears in recital at Evermay with her brother, Jura Margulis, an internationally renowned pianist, pedagogue, and artistic director based in the US.

Friday, April 24 | 7:30pm | Annie Rosen and Ryo Yanagitani (mezzo-soprano/piano) | Evermay Estate
American Mezzo-Soprano Annie Rosen joins S&R Artist-in-Residence Ryo Yanagitani for a program of 20th Century cabaret and musical theater. Rosen and Yanagitani will chart a course from the songs of Kurt Weill and Edith Piaf to the very best of contemporary American musical theater.

Friday, May 1 | 7:30pm | Two Thousand Flutes (flute/piano) | Evermay Estate
In collaboration with the Library of Congress, flutist Lorna McGhee, curator Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, and pianist Ryo Yanagitani, take us on a journey through the ancient history of the flute. McGhee will perform on some of the Library’s rare instruments from the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection.

Friday, May 8 | 7:30pm | Mark Meadows (jazz quartet) | Evermay Estate
Named as a Strathmore Artist in Residence for the 2014/2015 season, Mark Meadows is a Jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer. He is joined by saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, bassist Romeir Mendez, and drummer Billy Williams for a soulful spring evening of Jazz at Evermay.

Tuesday, May 12 | 7:30pm | Sayaka Shoji (violin) | Evermay Estate
The supremely gifted violinist Sayaka Shoji is in demand throughout the world as a concerto soloist, and has performed with the world’s leading conductors, including Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, and Lorin Maazel. Shoji also maintains a busy and varied schedule of chamber music, and returns to Evermay in a performance of works for violin and piano by Mozart, Ravel, and Stravinsky. She is joined by pianist Ryo Yanagitani.

Saturday, May 16 | 7:30pm | Ryo Yanagitani (piano) | Evermay Estate
S&R Artist-in-Residence Ryo Yanagitani closes the 2015 spring season with a solo recital of works by Rachmaninoff. Now in his second year of his residency, Yanagitani serves as artistic advisor to the Overtures series as well as leading the Foundation’s musical outreach programs. An experienced recitalist and collaborative pianist, Yanagitani won the Gold Medal at the 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition.

Tickets to Overtures concerts at Evermay are now on sale, priced at $65 each. They include complimentary valet parking, refreshments, and an opportunity to meet the artists following each performance. Please visit http://overturesseries.org/ for additional performance details and to purchase tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for Overtures, as well as for other S&R initiatives that support emerging artists, scientists and social entrepreneurs. For additional details, please contact Kate Goodall at k.goodall@sandr.org.

About S&R Foundation

S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in 2000 to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. Contributions to S&R Foundation go directly to funding our mission. Overhead and general operational costs are covered by founders' contributions and use of existing assets.

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