McCall’s Free Community Recital Series
As the name reflects, this is a series of free monthly concerts held on the Second Sunday of each month at 6PM at the Congregational Church, located at 901 N. 1st St. in McCall Idaho. These performances are funded by the McCall Community Congregational Church (UCC), McCall Music Society, Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as donations from private patrons.
Beginning in 2016, a new series feature, “Educational Extras”, will provide patrons an opportunity to connect personally with the visiting artists. Look for details with each upcoming concert.
January – T R Harris and Friends
Nick Davis, Baritone
Tanya Hansen and Tom Harris-Four Hands on the Piano
Katie Morrell and Chris Noga-Duet
Paul Akin from Boise Catherdrel of the Rockies-Solo, Let There Be Peace On Earth
February – Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Stern Music Director
The Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra was formed in 2003, with the goal of bringing the best of the baroque and classical repertoire to the Treasure Valley. The musicians are professionals in the area, many of whom perform with the Boise Philharmonic, the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and Opera Idaho. The Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra is developing new audiences and providing musicians with the opportunity to significantly expand their repertoire. (Funding for this performance was provided by a grant from Kent & Bev Hellman).
March – The Boise Chordsmen
This men’s chorus loves to sing a cappella in the barbershop style! The Boise Chordsmen is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and is located in the beautiful Treasure Valley of southern Idaho. Led by Director Rich Lapp, they have members who reside all over the valley.
Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied singing with three voices harmonizing to the melody. The lead usually sings the melody, with the tenor harmonizing above the lead. The bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes and the baritone provides in-between notes, either above or below the lead to make chords that give barbershop its distinctive, “full” sound.
The Boise Chordsmen are members of the Barbershop Harmony Society and are Division V champions in the Evergreen District. They are dedicated to the promotion and development of Barbershop singing by entertaining people of all ages throughout the community.
April & May – No performances
June – Greatest Hits for Flute and Piano – Ann Marie Yasinitsky and Karen Hsiao Savage
Ann Marie Yasinitsky,originally from the San Francisco bay area, is Professor Emerita of Flute at Washington State University where she taught and performed for twenty five years. In addition to teaching flute she also taught classes in music theory and history, served as Coordinator of Woodwinds and performed with the Solstice Wind Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at WSU since 1978. Ms. Yasinitsky has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including a “Special Commendation” award in the Vienna Modern Masters Performers International Recording Competition and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
She can be heard on recordings released by The Musical Heritage Society, Vienna Modern Masters, Soul Note, Revelation Records and has released a solo CD, Intuition, on the YAZZ Recordings label. Ms. Yasinitsky is Principal Flutist with the Washington Idaho Symphony and the McCall Summerfest Orchestra. She frequently performs for touring New York Broadway shows in Spokane at the INB (Opera House). She has also performed with the Spokane Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Gunther Schuller’s New England Ragtime Ensemble and several California orchestras including the San Jose Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, San Francisco Midsummer Mozart Orchestra and the Oakland Opera Orchestra.
Karen Hsiao Savage praised as a “tour de force” (Santa Barbara News-Press), for the “breathtaking beauty and pure lyricism” of her playing (Le Soleil, Vancouver), and for her “fearless performance” (The Straits Times, Singapore) Ms Savage is Associate Professor of solo and collaborative piano at Washington State University. She completed a doctoral and two master’s degrees at Juilliard as a Starr Doctoral Fellow on full scholarship. She has performed as collaborative pianist with the Perlman Music Program in Shanghai and New York, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Inside Chamber Music,” and recently as a soloist and chamber musician with the Spokane Quartet. As the piano duo 88SQUARED with husband Jeffrey Savage, she won the Ellis Duo Piano Competition, the Abild Prize in American Music, Artists International Competition, and second prize and a special mention award at Concours Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo. The duo recently recorded Lowell Liebermann’s complete two-piano works at the invitation of the composer, and gave critically acclaimed international premieres of his Sonata for Two Pianos. Ms Savage’s students have been recognized at state and regional competitions and have been offered competitive scholarships and graduate assistantships at major programs across the country. She is in high demand as a presenter, adjudicator, and guest teacher
July 16-22 – SummerFest 2017
In lieu of the Second Sunday Sounds @Six July concert, the McCall Music Society presents its annual SummerFest Classical & Pops Music Festival. Opening night will be held at The Community Congregational Church on July 16th.
August – No Performance
September – Boise’s St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral organist and soloist, Ryan and Heather Dye, will be performing music by J. S. Bach, Gabriel Faure’, Alexandre Guilmant, Edward Elgar, Handel and Charles-Marie Widor
Ryan Dye, his wife Heather and their two children, Palmer (9) and Magnolia (7), are recent transplants to the Boise area and proud owners of their family-owned business venture Zümberri Frozen Yogurt. Although they enjoy entrepreneurial pursuits, their true passion is music. Ryan was appointed Canon for Music at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in 2015 where he oversees all aspects of the parish music program. From 2000-2013, Ryan served as Minister of Music for the historic All Pilgrims Christian Church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. He holds degrees in Religion and Business Administration from Walla Walla University in addition to a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Washington. His organ studies have been with Lester Groom, Edward Hansen, Kraig Scott, Douglas Cleveland, J. Melvin Butler and Carole Terry. In 1991, Ryan studied at the North German Organ Academy with Harold Vogel and William Porter, performing on several renowned historic instruments throughout Germany and The Netherlands. Having been selected to study in London in the summer of 2002, he performed on the organs of Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, St. Giles Cripplegate, St. Lawrence Jewry, House of Parliament Chapel and the Church of St. Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.
Known for her ability to sing in a wide range of styles, Heather Dye is sought after as a soloist and vocal coach throughout the Pacific Northwest. Most recently Heather has served as a soloist and section leader for the Cathedral Choir and Chamber Choir of St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boise. Heather attended Walla Walla University where she began her studies in voice and received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. While at Andrews University, Heather sang in the highly acclaimed University Singers directed by Stephen Zork. She was again featured as a soloist for the dedication of the Howard Performing Arts Center, one of the premier concert halls in Southern Michigan. She was also the lead vocalist for the jazz ensemble Cardinal Number, frequently touring and performing throughout the upper Midwest. In 2004 she was invited to perform in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, China with an 80-voice choir comprised of members from the Tacoma Symphony Chorale, Yakima Symphony Chorale and the University of Washington’s Chamber Singers, all under the direction of Geoffrey Boers. In 2005 Heather toured Chile with the Andrews University Singers. Heather has been a soprano soloist for major works that include Schubert’s Mass in G Major and Mass in B-flat Major, Mozart’s Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Rutter’s Gloria and Magnificat, Viv.
October – Classic Jazz!
Enjoy a concert of “chamber jazz” featuring saxophonist Greg Yasinitsky, a member of the McCall Summerfest Orchestra and Director of the School of Music at Washington State University. The program will include selections by some of America’s greatest songwriters including George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and Duke Ellington. Greg has performed around the world including appearances with Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, Maureen McGovern and so many more.
Greg will perform with pianist Brian Ward, Coordinator of Jazz Studies at WSU. Brian hails from Portland, Oregon and has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Bobby Torres, Shirley Nanette, Curtis Salgado and Obo Addy. “City of Roses,” one of the arrangements Brian helped create for Esperanza Spalding’s CD Radio Music Society, won a 2011 Grammy Award.
Audiences will be captivated by the sounds of Greg and Brian as they interpret the classic repertoire of jazz.
Opera Idaho returns to McCall by popular demand! Stay tuned for details.
December – No Performance
Please plan to enjoy the McCall Music Society’s Christmas Traditions: A Community Carol-along with the McCall Concert Singers and Chamber Orchestra at the Community Congregational Church. Selections highlighting Christmas musical traditions. Check for dates and details.