Jamestown Arts Center Hosts "Heifetz on Tour"

Lisa Utman Randall & Ben Roe, of the Heifetz Institute

Usually hosting, creating, (and known for), its innovative and exuberant artists' shows and openings, the Jamestown Art Center hosted its sixth classical concert of the fine young musicians of the Heifetz Institute in an evening of sublime, accomplished chamber music.


It was not the renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz who formed the Institute,  but  the acclaimed Daniel Heifetz (a distant cousin of Jascha), violinist and a teacher, performer and professor, who is the founder and Music Director of this hotbed of young classical music talents, who tour the country playing for schools and cultural institutions.


Ken Newman & Ann Biddle

The combined Jamestown and Newport audience was in for a rare treat.  The artists, Chloé Kiffer, violin, Erica Gailing, viola, Mo Mo, cello, Hsin-Chiao Liao, pianist, and Andy Simionescu, guest on violin played Bach, Granados,Rostropovich, Elgar, Schubert, Dvorak and Schumann with heart and feeling.  This was a performance worthy of the finest concert hall or Royal Palace.


Ms. Gailing performed the Bach Suite no. 3 beautifully, and the following Enrique Granados' Intermezzo was rhythmic and delightful. Then on to the Rodeo with Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid, Celebration.  Outstanding technique was shown by Mo Mo on cello in the Humoresque of Mstislav Rostropovich, and Chloé Kiffer showed her virtuosity on the violin in both Edward Elgar's Salut D'Amour and Franz Schubert's Erlkonig.



The delightful String Quartet in F, op. 96, "America" of  Antonin Dvorak  was followed by the Piano Quintet of Robert Schumann, for which violinist Andy Simionescu joined the ensemble.


Cries of "bravo" greeted the fine young musicians. The audience would not let them go without an encore of the second movement of the Dvorak,  which they played with gusto.


Ben Roe and JAC Director Lisa Utman Randall, who introduced the program,  spoke with concertgoers after the performance, and Seen were Pebbles Wadsworth, Luke Randall (who sketched throughout), Ken Newman, Ann Biddle, Charlie Weist and Paul and JoAnn Morency.


                                                             -- L.P.


For information about the Heifetz Tour, go to www.HeifetzInstitute.org

For information about upcoming programs at the Jamestown Art Center, go to www.Jamestownartcenter.org


Greeting concert guests

The setting

Desmond & Amy Cain, Paul & JoAnne Norency

Jess George & Betsy Outerbridge

Friends with Spencer Berger (c.)

Catherine Bowen Brophy & John Yeager

Mrs. Randall introducing the musicians

Violinst and pianist acknowledging applause

The crowd at intermission

Taking well-deserved bows

Luke Randall & Charlie Wilcox


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