2014-02-06 / News

Concert Saturday with Heifetz musicians

Heifetz musician Michael Casimir teaches the viola to students at Thompson Middle School in Newport. 
Photo byKaren Conway Heifetz musician Michael Casimir teaches the viola to students at Thompson Middle School in Newport. Photo byKaren Conway Alumni musicians from the Heifetz Institute return to the island this weekend, good news for the students and concertgoers who have been waiting patiently since the institute’s inaugural residency in October.

The tour, which travels to Rhode Island, Virginia and the nation’s capital, includes in-school educational components, musicales in private homes, and public concerts. The Jamestown Arts Center partnered with the acclaimed Heifetz Institute in 2013.

According to JAC organizers, the program is an incredible opportunity for the region to experience world-class musicians in a meaningful way and in an intimate setting. The concert in town will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the arts center. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $15 for students, and are available at the door.

“[It] was an amazing experience for our entire school community,” said Lawn School Principal Deb DiBiase, referring to the institute’s first residency. “The young artists were not only brilliant musicians, but made a genuine connection with our students. They were enthusiastic and instilled a love for classical music that was inspirational to say the least.”

For this second residency, the trio of young musicians will spend a week in Jamestown at the home of a local family. During their time they will spend five days giving presentations and small workshops at both Jamestown public schools, Thompson Middle School and St. Michael’s Country Day School, both in Newport.

“The performance was astounding, outstanding, inspiring, engaging and a multitude of wonderful adjectives,” said Polly Hutcheson, who attended the October concert. “Everyone was so blessed to be there to hear it.”

The musicians during the February residency are violinist Kathy Kang, violist Michael Casimir and cellist Dmitry Volkov. The three alumni will be joined by Dina Vainshtein on piano during their concert at the arts center.

The Heifetz Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of some of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. It 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 throughout the United States and internationally apply annually. The 66 students last summer represented 22 states and 13 countries.

Daniel Heifetz is the founder and artistic director of the institute that bears his name. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he has dedicated himself to the art of communication through performance and education. As a violinist, Heifetz 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 orchestras, including the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Berlin. His concert tours have taken him throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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