2013-09-26 / News

JAC teams up with Heifetz International Music Institute


Four musicians from the Heifetz Institute – two violinists, a violist and a cellist – will spend a week in Jamestown performing and working with schoolchildren. Arriving Tuesday will be (from left) Carmen Johnson Pajaro, Michael Casimir, Alice Hong and Coleman Itzkof. 
Courtesy/Jamestown Arts Center Four musicians from the Heifetz Institute – two violinists, a violist and a cellist – will spend a week in Jamestown performing and working with schoolchildren. Arriving Tuesday will be (from left) Carmen Johnson Pajaro, Michael Casimir, Alice Hong and Coleman Itzkof. Courtesy/Jamestown Arts Center The Jamestown Arts Center has joined forces with the internationally acclaimed Heifetz International Music Institute, a nonprofit organization that helps develop some of the most talented young musicians in the world.

Beginning in October, the arts center will host three concerts each year featuring the brightest young viola, violin and cello artists from the Heifetz Institute. The pilot program, titled Heifetz on Tour, is a new endeavor for both organizations. Along with the public concerts, the program includes an in-school educational component.

The residency and concert in Jamestown will serve as the first stop of Heifetz on Tour. Organizers say it’s an incredible opportunity for the region to experience world-class musicians in an intimate setting. From the launching pad of the Jamestown Arts Center, the musicians will travel to perform in various cities around the country such as Los Angeles and Baltimore.

According to Pebbles Wadsworth, president of the JAC board of directors, the next generation of great string musicians is expected to participate on the tour.

“Bravo, Jamestown, for being the premier stop of this most important musical tour,” said Wadsworth, who is also a Heifetz Institute board member.

For the inaugural residency, four young musicians will spend five days enjoying Jamestown. The arts center will facilitate three days of presentations and workshops at Lawn School, and the musicians will present a free short-format concert for students and their families. The Heifetz musicians will also have the opportunity to perform at several private house parties. The highlight of the tour will be a community concert held at the arts center on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for members, and $15 for students.

The four members of the string quartet that will visit Jamestown are Alice Hong, a 21-year-old violinist from the Cleveland Institute of Music; Carmen Johnson Pajaro, a 19-year-old violinist from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.; Michael Casimir, a 22-year-old violist from the New York City’s Juilliard School of Music; and Coleman Itzkoff, a 21-year-old cellist from the Sheppard School of Music at Rice University in Houston.

When not on tour, the Heifetz Institute is held on the campus of Mary Baldwin College located in Staunton, Va., for six weeks each summer. Hundreds of the most brilliant and deserving young artists from all over the globe apply to the institute each year. This year, 66 students from 22 states and 13 countries represented the institute.

Daniel Heifetz is the founder and artistic director of the Heifetz International Music Institute. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Heifetz has dedicated himself to communicating with the public through performance and education. As a violinist, he is acclaimed on five continents for his extraordinary virtuosity, profound artistry and charismatic stage presence. His numerous appearances include recitals and solo performances with many of the world’s leading ensembles including the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Berlin orchestras.

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