May 1, 2017
For immediate release. Contact:
Matthew Thomas, Festival Director
Baroque on Beaver – email@example.com
Baroque on Beaver Announces New Concertmaster
Music Director Robert Nordling and the Baroque on Beaver Festival are pleased to announce the selection of James Crawford as the Festival Orchestra’s new Concertmaster, effective for 2017. Mr. Crawford is also the Concertmaster of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra. Reacting to his appointment Crawford said: “I am keenly interested in the Festival Orchestra and making it the best it can be.”
The Baroque on Beaver Festival celebrates its 16th consecutive season from July 28 through August 6, 2017, and is the signature event of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, a 501(c)(3) corporation. BICAA’s mission is to “serve the Beaver Island community by promoting and supporting the cultural arts”.
Matthew Thomas, the Festival’s Director, said: “Maestro Nordling and I are delighted that Jamie will join us. He is a world-class musician and person. His involvement says a lot about the extraordinary quality of our orchestra, and his presence will raise that level even higher. Our patrons have a lot to look forward to.”
Concertmaster, the orchestra’s second-highest position after the conductor, is the link between the conductor and the rest of the ensemble. As the principal violinist, the concertmaster sits in the first chair next to the conductor’s podium, leads the orchestra in its tuning prior to the concert, directs bowings along with other stylistic and musical concerns, and customarily plays all of the violin solos.
Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Chair Frank D’Andraia noted: “It will be a pleasure to welcome James Crawford to this important position. He brings both talent and experience and will be an important part of our continued success in attracting music lovers from around the region to Beaver Island. We look forward to introducing him to our Festival audiences and to having him in the concertmaster chair when the Festival opens on July 28, 2017.”
Mr. Crawford is a native of Charleston, SC, where he began violin studies at the age of seven. He made his first solo appearance with the Charleston Symphony at age ten. At age twelve, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mr. Crawford then continued his musical studies at the Curtis (PA) Institute of Music.
in January of 1994 Crawford joined the Grand Rapids Symphony as Concertmaster. He came to Grand Rapids from North Carolina, where he was Concertmaster of the Western Piedmont Symphony and Associate Concertmaster of the Winston-Salem and Salisbury (NC) Symphonies. Some of Mr. Crawford’s orchestral and chamber music experiences include performances and tours with the Gilmore (MI) Festival, New York Pops, Warner Brothers Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Gamper Contemporary (ME) Music Festival, and the Razoumovsky and Devos String Quartets.
Other previously held positions include faculty member and Artist-in-Residence with the Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival, and assistant faculty member of the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival. Mr. Crawford was a First Prize winner in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts “ARTS” Competition, and recipient of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Giannini Award. He was also a winner of the UNCSA International Music Program Concerto Competition and was soloist on its European tour through Germany and Italy. In 1985, Mr. Crawford was a United States Presidential Scholar Finalist.
Mr. Crawford resides in Grand Rapids and is married to Symphony Violinist Megan Reiter-Crawford. They have four children, Julia, Orion, Naomi and Kenji.
For more information, visit www.baroqueonbeaver.org or www.bicaa.org.
January 16, 2017
For immediate release: Contact: Frank D’Andraia 231.675.8004
“101: A Very Good Age To Be”
The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association will celebrate the acquisition of a fully restored 1916 Mason & Hamlin grand piano with a concert featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Garrick Ohlsson on July 15 at the Beaver Island Community Center auditorium.
BICAA’s concert grand piano was purchased with the aid of considerable Island support. Anne Glendon, BICAA Chair Emeritus, spearheaded the fundraising drive and she did so in record time, said BICAA Chair Frank D’Andraia.
“This is truly a special moment for the Association and for Beaver Island,” D’Andraia noted and then added: “Mason & Hamlin pianos are legendary for their artistry in craftsmanship and luscious depth of sound. The Association is delighted to acquire an instrument that was built during the golden age of the piano. Owning a Mason & Hamlin will give BICAA artists the opportunity to use equipment of the caliber they encounter in concert halls on the mainland and will definitely enhance the listening pleasure of audiences who attend the Association’s Baroque on Beaver Music Festival.”
Founded in 1854, Mason & Hamlin is one of America’s oldest and most respected piano manufacturers. Of the hundreds of American piano companies that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mason & Hamlin is one of only a handful that survive today. Mason & Hamlin is headquartered in Haverhill, Massachusetts, not far from its original location in Boston, the birthplace of American piano design and manufacturing. To mark the acquisition and to pay tribute to the many donors who made the piano purchase
possible, the BICAA Board of Directors has arranged for a special piano concert featuring the renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson. The concert will take place on July 15th at the Beaver Island Community Center auditorium and tickets may be purchased at the Community Center information desk or by calling (231) 448-2022.
GARRICK OHLSSON is one of the world’s leading interpreters of the music of Frédéric Chopin and has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels.
A native of White Plains, New York, Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School in New York City. His musical development has been influenced in completely different ways by a succession of distinguished teachers. Although he won First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and the 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, it was his 1970 triumph at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, where he won the Gold Medal (and remains the only American to have done so), that brought him worldwide recognition as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Mr. Ohlsson was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994; He received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor; and in 2014 he was the recipient of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen
School of Music. He makes his home in San Francisco.
ABOUT THE BEAVER ISLAND CULTURAL ARTS ASSOCIATION
The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association was formalized as a 501(c)(3) corporation in 2006. BICAA’s mission is “To serve the Beaver Island community by promoting and supporting the cultural arts, including the annual Baroque on Beaver Festival.” The Baroque on Beaver Festival runs over a 10 day span, this year from July 28 through August 6. For information about Baroque on Beaver, please see: http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/ or call 888-511-5189.
The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association (BICAA) is pleased to announce a grant award for $5,000 from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation (CCCF) to assist in the acquisition of portable acoustical panels for the 2016 Festival Season. Press Release…
Governor of Michigan issues Welcome to Baroque on Beaver Read Letter…
Townships issue joint Proclamation declaring July 29 – August 7 Baroque on Beaver Music Festival Days Read Proclamation…
Youth Concert Raffle- 6 chances to win at July 30, 2016 colorful and interactive program for kids of all ages “An Orchestral Rainbow” See Flyer…
Baroque Guest Artists for the 15th Anniversary Season View Bios and Information
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Silent Auction benefits Baroque on Beaver Classical Music Festival and The Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association See Flyer…
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Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association. (June 3, 2015). Festival Strikes Right Chord with New Sponsors Press Release…
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Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association. (January 16, 2015). Island Festival Receives Significant State Arts Grant Press Release…
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