INTERHARMONY INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL – June 30th to July 12th

Cellist Misha Quint announces first season at San Francisco State University

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Internationally celebrated Russian cellist MISHA QUINT announces the first season of InterHarmony International Music Festival – San Francisco, June 30th – July 12th at San Francisco State University, where well-known soloists and chamber players from around the globe gather in San Francisco to perform and teach talented young musicians. This year’s concert series includes performances by Misha Quint and other world-renowned musicians, culminating in an orchestral concert featuring the InterHarmony Festival Orchestra, directed by famed conductor SIDNEY HARTH, former Chicago Symphony Concertmaster and former conductor, L.A. Philharmonic among others. The San Francisco Festival is just one of three sessions of InterHarmony this year. Two others are held in Birklehof, Schwarzwald in Southern Germany in its 3rd year and Sulzbach-Rosenberg in Bavaria, Germany in its 4th year. Founder and director Misha Quint modeled InterHarmony after his well-established Soesterberg Festival in the Netherlands. Concerts and Master Classes are open to the public. Click here for more information: InterHarmony International Music Festival

MISHA QUINT, Cellist. Photo, Abby Gaudette

MISHA QUINT, Cellist. Photo, Abby Gaudette

Each Festival offers students two weeks (six weeks for those who take all three courses) of intensive study with an internationally renowned faculty that combines their experience with elements of the Russian School to produce an invaluable educational experience for students. The young musicians will significantly develop their musical and artistic abilities, elevate their professional training, and network and perform with fellow musicians. Students will receive private lessons along with master classes on various instruments, ample practice facilities, and the opportunity to perform with various ensembles coached by faculty members. Rest and recreation are not ignored, and there are planned excursions to noteworthy destinations in the festival area.

ABOUT MISHA QUINT

The 2009 first prize winner of the CRS National competition, Russian-born cellist Misha Quint captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique. His repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis, and Alfred Schnitke. Quint is Founder and Music Director of the InterHarmony International Music Festivals in the USA and Europe. As a special guest artist Misha Quint was broadcast on a live television performance of the Unaccompanied Bach Suite No.5, in WQXR’s “In the Listening Room” and live recitals on WGBH (Boston), WMNB (NJ), WNYC (NY).

ABOUT SIDNEY HARTH

Mr. Harth has served as Concertmaster of the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, both under conductor Zubin Mehta, Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner, and Concertmaster of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra under Robert Whitney, where he was also Assistant Conductor. His solo engagements have taken him to virtually every musical capital in the world, performing with the major symphony orchestras of North America, Europe, Israel, China, South America, and Russia. Harth is a familiar figure at the leading summer music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Banff Music Festival, the Vancouver Summer Festival, the Grands Interprets dans le Valle du Lot in France, and the popular festivals in Santa Barbara, Maine, Alaska, Texas, and Tennessee.

SIDNEY HARTH, Conductor

SIDNEY HARTH, Conductor

In tandum with his solo engagements, SIDNEY HARTH enjoys a brilliant career as a conductor. His numerous appointments have included the post of Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Music Director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, and Principal Conductor of the Natal Symphony Orchestra in South Africa. He has served as director of the conducting programs at Mannes College of Music in New York, the University of Texas in Houston, and the Hartt College of Music at the University of Connecticut in Hartford. He currently serves as Director of Orchestral Activities at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sidney Harth’s notable academic career is marked by his appointment as the Andrew W. Mellon Permanent Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was also the Music Department Head, and Professor of Violin at Yale University for 17 years. He currently offers master classes in chamber music and violin literature at Carnegie Mellon University, and is much in demand as a guest conductor internationally.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

OPENING CONCERT: Wednesday, July 1st, 8 :00 PM
AN EVENING OF CELLO MUSIC
Misha Quint in Recital
Leslie Amper, Piano

STUDENT FESTIVAL SHOWCASE
Friday, July 3rd, 8:00 pm
Students, prize winners

FACULTY CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
Sunday, July 5th, 3:00 pm

STUDENT FESTIVAL SHOWCASE II
Thursday, July 9th, 8:00 pm
Students, prize winners, soloists, chamber groups

FINAL CONCERT: Saturday, July 11th, 3:00 pm
InterHarmony Festival Orchestra
Sidney Harth, Conductor
Misha Quint, Violoncello

San Francisco State University is located at 1600 Holloway Avenue & 19th Avenue. The programs are subject to change. Admission is Free.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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