11/04/2011: "Chamber Music San Juan Saturday"
"Chamber Music San Juans' second concert of its 24st season "will be a program unlike any we've presented in the past. If you love the sound of clarinet, your enjoyment will be quadrupled!" -Artistic director Patricia Kostek
Kostek's ensemble, The Winds of Yarrow, includes four classically-trained clarinetists plus a string bass player for CMSJ's upcoming performance on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. at San Juan Community Theatre.
The group will play a festive mixture not only of classical favorites but folk, jazz and a few surprises as well. Composers such as Mozart, Bartók (Romanian Folk Song), Piazzolla and Bechet (Waste No Tears) will be featured. The group will also play a new composition from San Juan Island's own Richard Hieronymus, newly arranged for the group and described by him as "a haunting ballad."
Joining Kostek will be string bass player Bruce Meikle and clarinetists Rainer Roth, Sue Collado and jazzman Tom Ackerman. Ackerman was born in Hollywood and began playing clarinet at the age of six. He was a member of a family Dixieland band called the "Stoplights and their Go-Go Jazz," which performed at many local jazz clubs in L. A. as well as at Disneyland, the U.S.O. Club and on the famed Ted Mack Amateur Hour show. Tom is a regular member of CanUS and The Stomp Club Band, and had a 10-year career as band leader on Princess Cruises. Making a guest appearance with Yarrow, Collado recently moved from California to San Juan Island with her husband, Jim (both played in the orchestra for last spring's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at SJCT). She performed with the San Diego Symphony and was the principal clarinetist for the La Jolla Symphony for 28 years.
The business partner for this performance is San Juan Vineyards. Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for student reserved. $5 Student RUSH will be available at the door. A private donor has made provision for free tickets to anyone needing financial assistance to attend a Theatre event.
The SJCT Box Office is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and one hour before any performance. Call 360-378-3210 www.sjctheatre.org