Yachats Music Festival – Grand Finale

Four Seasons Arts’ Yachats Music Festival stands apart in its fusion of artist and audience with the splendors of nature in this Oregon coast phenomenon. Join 20-25 artists in four days of magnificent music making, friendly sharing and the wondrous mystery that is the Yachats Music Festival experience.

The Yachats Music Festival began in 1981 and the 2017 Festival will be its ‘Grand Finale.’ Come and participate in the celebration of a vision realized


Friday, July 7 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 8 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, July 9 – 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 9 – 8:00 pm

Location: Yachats Community Presbyterian Church; 360 West 7th Street, Yachats 97498

Concerts will feature solo and ensemble performances by:

Pianists – Leon Bates, Milo Graamans, Gerry Hecht, Dennis Helmrich, Joseph Kubera, Rochelle Sennet and Jeongeun Yom.

Singers – Alison Buchanan and Ilya Martinez, sopranos; Thomas Buckner, Rafael LeBron, Autris Paige, David Robinson, Robert Sims and Anthony Turner, baritones.

Instrumentalists – Ayn Balija, viola; David Burnett and Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violins;; Elaine Kreston, cello; Tom Rose, clarinet; David Wong, guzheng and guqin.

Concert programs are as follows:

Friday, July 7 – 8:00 pm
Piano solo – Bach: Prelude to Suite No. 2 in A minor (Sennet)
Soprano/baritone/piano – Purcell: Sound the Trumpet (Buchanan, Sims, Helmrich)
Guzheng solo – Three Variations on Plum Blossoms (Wong)
Baritone/cello/piano – Purcell: Music For a While (Paige, Kreston, Hecht)
Violin/Viola/Cello – Dohnanyi: Serenade for Strings, First movement (Marcia: Allegro) (Yarbo-Davenport, Balija, Kreston)
Soprano/piano – Hahn: Si mes vers avaient des ailes (Martinez, Hecht)
Piano solo – Schubert: Impromptu, Op. 90, No. 3 (Bates)
Clarinet/piano – Gade: Fantasies No. 1 and 2 (Rose, Hecht)
Violin/piano – Franck: Sonata in A Major, 4th movement (Yarbo-Davenport, Bates)
Piano solo – Chopin: Nocturne in E flat, Op. 9, No. 2 (Graamans)
Guqin/cello – Moon Over the Mountain Pass (Wong, Kreston)
Baritone/piano – Maria Grever: Alma ma de Maria (Robinson, Kubera)
Baritone/piano – Jobim: One Note Samba (Turner, Kubera)
Soprano/baritone/piano – Saint-Saëns: Pastorale (Martinez, LeBron, Kubera)
Baritone/piano – Vaughan Williams: Youth & Love (from Songs of Travel) (Robinson, Yom)
Baritone/piano – Vaughan Williams: The Vagabond and I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope (from Songs of Travel) (LeBron, Yom)
Soprano/violin – Holst: Jesu Sweet (from Four Songs for Voice and Violin, Op. 35) (Buchanan, Yarbo-Davenport)
Baritone – Appalachian spiritual: Come Sing to Me of Heaven (Buckner)


Saturday, July 8 – 8:00 pm
Guzheng solo – High Mountain Flowing Water (Wong)
Piano solo – Joplin: Solace (Graamans)
Soprano/piano – Dominick Argento: Spring (Buchanan, Hecht)
Piano solo – Prokofiev: Sonata No. 3 in a mino, Op. 28 (Bates)
Baritone/piano – Michel LeGrand: You Must Believe in Spring (Turner, Yom)
Violin/piano – Novacek: 4th Street Drag (Yarbo-Davenport, Kubera)
Soprano/piano – Dvorak: Song to the Moon (from Rusalka) (Martinez, Yom)
String quartet – Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 “American,” First movement (Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, David Burnett, Ayn Balija, Elaine Kreston)
Piano solo – Liszt: Rigoletto Concert Paraphrase (Sennet)
Soprano/piano – Verdi: Pace, pace mio Dio (from La forza del destino) (Buchanan, Helmrich)
Baritone/piano – Rossini: Sois immobile (from William Tell) (Turner, Helmrich)
Soprano/baritone/piano – Mozart: La ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni) (Buchanan, Sims, Hecht)
Clarinet/piano –  Mussorgsky: Il Vecchio Castillo (from Pictures at an Exhibition) (Rose, Yom)
Baritone/piano – Verdi: O Carlo ascolta … io morros (from Don Carlos) (Robinson, Helmrich)
Baritone/piano – Bizet: Les Toreadors (from Carmen) (LeBron, Helmrich)
Baritone duet/piano – Bellini: Suoni la Tromba (from I Puritani) (Robinson, LeBron, Helmrich)

Sunday afternoon, July 9 – 2:00 pm
Baritone/piano – Bernstein: Simple Song (from Mass) (Sims, Yom)
Guqin solo – Flowing water (Wong)
Baritone/piano – Woodman: I Am Thy Harp (Paige, Hecht)
Clarinet/soprano/piano – Arnold Cooke: Introduction from 3 Songs of Innocence (Rose, Buchanan, Sennet)
Piano solo – George Walker: Sonata No. 1, Second movement (Bates)
Baritone/piano – Charles Ives: General William Booth Enters Heaven (Buckner, Kubera)
Soprano/piano – Fred Onoverosuoke: Luwah – Bitter Tears (Buchanan, Sennet)
Viola, piano – Vaughan Williams: Suite for Viola and Orchestra, Prelude (Balija, Yom)
Soprano/piano: Poulenc – Les Chemins de l’amour (Martinez, Kubera)
Guzheng/violin/cello: Autumn Moon Over the Lake (Wong, Yarbo-Davenport, Kreston)
Piano solo – Ravel: Une barque sur l’ocean (Boat on the Ocean) (from Miroirs) (Sennet)
Baritone/piano – Firestone: If I Could Tell You (Turner, Hecht)
Soprano/baritone/piano – Cole Porter: So In Love (Martinez, LeBron, Hecht)
Baritone/piano – Some Enchanted Evening (from South Pacific) (Robinson, Helmrich)
Baritone/piano – Youmans: Without a Song (from Great Day) (Paige, Helmrich)
Clarinet/string quartet – Matthew Naughtin: Chase (Rose, Yarbo-Davenport, Burnett, Balija, Kreston)

Sunday evening, July 10 – 8:00 pm
Baritone/piano – Dvorak: God Is My Shepherd (Paige, Hecht)
Soprano/piano – Fred Onoverosuoke: Oluwa L’Oluso Aguntan Mi (Psalm 23) (Buchanan, Sennet)
Baritone/piano – Dvorak: I Will Sing a New Song (Buckner, Kubera)
Guzheng/baritone – Small Bok Choy (Wong, Turner)
Piano solo – Debussy: Claire de Lune (Graamans)
Baritone/piano – Schubert: Standchen (Sims, Kubera)
Baritone/piano – Schubert: Nacht und Traume (Buckner, Kubera)
Guqin solo – Thinking of Old Friends (Wong)
Baritone/violin/piano – Strauss: Morgen (LeBron, Burnett, Yom)
Soprano/baritone/string quartet – Mislan: Ty y Yo (Martinez, LeBron, Yarbo-Davenport, Burnett, Balija, Kreston)
Baritone/piano – Ravel: Chanson romanesque  (from Don Quichotte à Dulcinée) (Robinson, Yom)
Piano solo – Liszt: Transcendental Etude No. 4 “Mazeppa” (Sennet)
Clarinet/piano: Schumann: Fantasie Pieces, No. 1, Op. 73 (Rose, Yom)
Baritone/piano – Hairston: God is a God (Sims, Hecht)
Baritone/piano – Margaret Bonds: Minstrel Man / I, Too Sing America (Turner, Bates)
Baritone/Piano – Burleigh: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (Paige, Hecht)
Cello/piano – Bolcom: Graceful Ghost Rag (Kreston, Bates)
Soprano/piano – Stephen Flaherty: Make Them Hear You (from Ragtime) (Buchanan, Sennet)
All – Closing chorus – Verdi: Va pensiero (from Nabucco)

Morning and afternoon seminars are also presented during the weekend for Festival Patrons:

Friday, July 7
10:00 am – “Composers of North America” (Leon Bates, piano)
1:00 pm – “Hidden Treasures in the Puerto Rican Art Song: Nature, Rhythm, Sun …” (Ilya Martinez, soprano; Rafael LeBron, baritone; pianist)

Saturday, July 8
10:00 am – “The Piano Sonatas of Composer James Lee III” (Rochelle Sennet, piano)
1:00 pm – “Behind the Scenes: From Score to Performance” (String Quartet: Violins Anyango Yarbo-Davenport and David Burnett, violist Ayn Balija, cellist Elaine Kreston)

Individual general admission tickets are $20. and can be purchased at the Adobe Resort (547-3141) or the Yachats Visitor’s Center (547-3530 or 800-929-0477) or at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2904858.  Member ($85) and Patron (140) packages are also available by calling 541-961-8374.

PATRON: Includes Thursday (July 6 8:00 pm) reception with the artists, tickets to all concerts, admission to 4 daytime seminars on Friday and Saturday morning and afternoon.

MEMBER: Includes Thursday (July 6 8:00 pm) evening reception with the artists and tickets to all concerts.

For more information on these packages, please call Joanne Kittel at 541-961-8374 or Four Seasons Arts at 510-845-4444.