The 18th annual Quick-Bowman Piano Recital will be presented Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m. at the Sedona Creative Life Center. Ten performers will be selected during the Saturday, April 17 Quick-Bowman Piano Competition when 16 Northern Arizona young pianists compete for the opportunity to perform in a public recital sponsored by Chamber Music Sedona and also receive cash prizes.
"We're delighted that this year's showing is again so impressive," said CMS Executive Director Bert Harclerode. "From the 16 contestants competing Saturday, nine to ten will be selected to perform in the Sunday April 18 recital at the Creative Life Center made possible by the Quick-Bowman Family," said Harclerode
"We're particularly excited this year because on Thursday, April 15, Chamber Music Sedona and the Sedona International Film Festival (SIFF) will join hands to present the award winning Sony Film "Vitus," the story of a 12-year-old piano prodigy. The film is directed by Fredi M. Murer and was Switzerland's official 2006 Academy Awards entry for Best Foreign Language Film and was one of the most successful Swiss films of 2006.
"Vitus" introduces us to an incredibly talented young pianist and actor, Teo Gheorghiu. The film also stars the renowned Bruno Ganz, Julika Jenkins and Urs Jucker. By the age of 12, Vitus (played by real-life piano prodigy Teo Gheorghiu) is a highly gifted musician whose parents have high hopes for him in a career as a classical pianist.
The daily pressure of hours of musical practice, his overprotective but well-meaning mother (Julika Jenkins) and his father's (Urs Jucker) precarious financial situation lead the boy to seek refuge at his eccentric grandfather's (Bruno Ganz) house.
Before each show, three Quick-Bowman contestants, present and past, will perform a mini-recital in the Harkins lobby from 3:30-4 p.m., and for the second showing from 6:30-7 p.m.
Pianists performing at the first screening include two Verde Valley students. Rachel Lee hails from South Korea and has been a student at the Verde Valley School for the past three years. Rachel reluctantly began piano in the third grade. Rachel's interest in piano has been growing since she began taking music at VVS, and she now has come to enjoy performing. Her favorite composers are Beethoven and Mozart.
Giang (Jill) Nyuyen has been a student at the Verde Valley School for the past two years. Jill is from Vietnam and has been studying piano since she was 6 years old. Jill's musical focus has been on classical music performance, but in the past year she has become interested in Tango Music, especially the music of Piazzolla.
Performing from 6:30-7 p.m. is Joseph Spitzer who in 2001 won first prize at the Quick Memorial Piano competition.
In 2003, Joseph was a winner of the Flagstaff Piano Festival Concerto division, and performed Haydn's D major Concerto with the Coconino Community College orchestra, and the NAU Senior Music Camp Symphony Orchestra.
Joseph is a Junior at Northern Arizona University who, in 2008, performed Rachmaninoff's piano concerto #1 with the NAU Orchestra as a winner of the school's concerto competition. Mr. Spitzer is preparing for his first solo recital that is scheduled for April 27 in Ashurst Hall on the NAU campus.
"As part of our mission to present and support community music education programs, we are seeing the long lasting effects of the Competition. By joining hands with SIFF we hope to expand the appreciation for arts training in our schools to our entire community," said Harclerode. "We look forward to more collaborations with the Film Festival in the very near future."
A free will offering will be accepted at the Sunday, April 18 Quick-Bowman Recital at the Sedona Creative Life Center.
Members of either or both organizations are admitted FREE to 'Vitus' as a membership thank you, and may order tickets now by calling Chamber Music Sedona or SIFF. Tickets may be purchased to the film by calling the Sedona International Film Festival at 282-1177.