With an ever-expanding roster of professional musicians, the festival will welcome 18 musicians from around the United States this summer. Audiences will enjoy hearing regular favorites such as Scarfe and McGehee, as well as clarinettist Karla Avila, bassist Jacob Johnson, violinists Ellen Flanagan, Rachel Patrick, and Daniel Rouslin, violist Stephen Fine, and cellists Charles Akert and James Jaffe. Joining them will be several new faces as well – Massachusetts-based soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and cellist Karl Knapp; violinist Andie Springer, an acclaimed performer coming from New York; Santa Rosa-based violist Alex Volonts; and clarinettist Matthew Boyles, a regular performer with the San Francisco Ballet who hails from Napa, California. Some might even recognize violinist and fiddler Philip Brezina, who merges his classical violin career with bluegrass fiddling, as a member of the popular band The Brothers Comatose.
Founded in 2011 by pianist Ian Scarfe and violinist Ellen McGehee, this festival fills both the role of a wilderness retreat for musicians and a community arts organization. It has grown since, becoming one of the premiere presenters of classical chamber music in North State California. With dozens of performances each year, including seasonal programs, tours of local schools, family concerts, and this annual summer series, this festival has presented a stunning number of concerts in its short history. This August will bring the organization's 200th public event.
In fitting with this organization's mission of making music available to everyone in these communities, all public concerts are listed as free events, with a suggested donation of $20 per person to benefit the organization.
Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival
Trinity County, CA