September 27, 2014, 1:30 pm
44879 Dinely Drive
Three Rivers, CA 93271
Allow an hour from Visalia. Follow the signs in Three Rivers to the concert venue. Bring a blanket (or lawn chairs) and picnic at 1:30 for The Casual Hour with live music
from Ken Elias, Kaweah Brass and Trinitas Piano Trio.
Formal concert begins at 2:30.
This year’s performers are Lance Canales (American roots blues guitar); The Kaweah Brass; Trinitas Piano Trio; Lindsay High School Guitar Honor Group; Kathrynne Wills, cello; and more. Music by Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Piazzola, and local composer Ken Elias.
Admission is free. Donations gladly accepted to help defray costs. For more info call Ken Elias at 561.0610. Limited wheel-chair accessibility. Call Ken Elias for necessary information.
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We expect up to eighteen performers this year, and 89% of them live in Tulare County!
The Kaweah Brass was formed in 2011 by members of the Sequoia Winds, of College of the Sequoias. They are retired teachers, administrators, choral directors, a dentist, a postal worker—and one still working member in retail sales. They began playing when young and just can’t bear the thought of NOT making music.
Lance Canales, Tulare County native, brought down the house at the Three Rivers Performing Arts fundraiser last year. His unique blend of blues and other American roots sounds is his platform for telling stories that compel our attention to important social issues, much in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.
Trinitas is a classical piano trio, comprised of Brian Johnson, piano, Valerie Walden, cello, and Rudolfina Sjostrand, violin. Brian is the music director at Grace Community Church in Visalia, Valerie is the principal cellist for the Tulare County Symphony, and Rudolfina plays first violin also for Tulare County Symphony. They return to Concert on the Grass after their successful appearance two years ago. This year they will be playing excerpts from Schubert’s Opus 100 trio in the Casual Hour.
In the main concert they will be premiering a new work written by Ken Elias, and excerpts from Piazzola’s “The Four Seasons.”
Lindsay High School Guitar Honor Group, lead by inspiring music teacher Nancy Wills. They received the Gold Medal at the 2014 State Solo and Small Ensemble Festival in Sacramento, and we’re delighted they can join us.
Nancy Wills’ daughter Kathrynne plays cello, and along with Valerie and Rudolfina is also a member of the Tulare County Symphony. She will perform excerpts from one of the lovely Bach unaccompanied cello suites, as well as a duet with her cello teacher, Valerie Walden.
Three Rivers’ own raconteur Bill Haxton will read the next chapter of his book, “Ocean Odyssey”, about his and Anne’s ten-year South Pacific sailing adventure.
Local poet Patricia Lacroix will also read from her works.
Bill Bartley comes from a family of musicians. His grandfather was a violinist and his mother, a pianist. His two sons are also musicians. In his youth, Bill entertained the idea of making a living in music, but reason prevailed and consequently he has been steadily employed as a software engineer for the last 30 years. At the time of the birth of his first child he was principal horn in the La Jolla Symphony at which time he retired from serious horn playing. This performance marks his (perhaps momentary) return from retirement.. He and Ken Elias will perform the Mozart Horn Concerto #3 in E-flat, K.447, including a cadenza Ken composed especially for this occasion.
About Concert on the Grass…
For over thirty years, Three Rivers has enjoyed an annual outdoor music event known as the Concert on the Grass. Started by long-time Three Rivers resident Dr. Harry Ison, the event featured classical piano music. When Harry retired, Bill and Anne Haxton and Ken Elias took over the event, transforming it into a multi-faceted venue, including classical music, jazz, drama, dance, and the spoken word.
Our mission is to provide a stage for local and emerging talented individuals in the performing arts. In addition, we are sometimes honored to welcome professionals, who become aware of our event, and wish to add their special flare.
Concert on the Grass is always on the last Saturday in September.