Sedona Arts & Heritage Days
Christmas comes early to Sedona this year with the first Sedona Arts & Heritage Days May 4-8 at various Sedona venues featuring a myriad of Arizona artists as well as the Fry Street String Quartet.
The Fry Street Quartet includes violinists Jessica Guideri and Rebecca McFaul, violist Russell Fallstad and cellist Anne Francis. They will perform four "Concerts for Youth” May 4-5 in Sedona schools. The in-school programs are made possible with support from Arizona Public Service, the Greater Sedona Community Foundation, Buyer Broker Realty of Sedona, and the Briar Patch Inn.
Founded in Chicago in 1997, the Fry radiates exuberance and energy. At the late Isaac Stern’s invitation, the quartet gave its Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Hall in a performance that “spoke of precision, preparation, excitement, profound heritage, and ultimate satisfaction" — The New York Concert Review.
Board member of Chamber Music Sedona Marilyn Thaden Dexter inspired the idea for Sedona Arts & Heritage Days, said Bert Harclerode, the organization's executive director. Janeen Trevillyan of the Sedona Historical Society quickly jumped onboard and was a pivotal part of the project, he added.
Chamber Music Sedona is directing the project, with Harclerode at the helm. Other members of the Sedona Arts Alliance that joined the project include Sedona Arts Center, Sedona Film Festival, Sedona Heritage Museum, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, and Canyon Moon Theatre.
"This has been a major undertaking,” Harclerode said. “In my 10 years in Sedona one of many things I’ve learned is to plan, plan and plan. And after you’re done planning, to plan some more. We’re pleased with the support from the hospitality industry, and we hope this will be the first endeavor where we see that the sum of our efforts is larger than the individual parts. There is strength in numbers."
The goal behind the project is to develop audiences and build relationships by bringing the arts to schools, galleries and public places.
"Our objective is to use the arts to drive the economy through tourism," Harclerode explained. "As we work with an eye toward the future, we hope to make Sedona an arts and culture destination not realized before with multiple arts-oriented festivals and celebrations attracting more and more visitors, working closely with the City of Sedona Arts and Culture Division, our Chamber of Commerce and the Great Northern Arizona hospitality industry."
During this five-day event, the public can enjoy a series of intimate musical experiences from Bach to bluegrass to Brubeck, Harclerode offered.
"Our mission is to develop an appreciation for the arts and its many facets as well as an appreciation for music with focus on young musicians."
On Thursday, May 5, the Fry will offer "informances" at three uptown galleries. The first occurs at the Sedona Arts Center from 5:30 to 6:10 p.m., the second at Goldenstein Gallery, 6:30-7:10 p.m., and the third at Cottage Gallery from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. The gallery appearances are a part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s First Thursday Evenings in the Galleries.
On Friday, May 6, the Fry will perform a “Free Noon Community Concert at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village from noon to 1 p.m. The program will be a sampler of works performed earlier for Sedona youth, as well as portions of works to be performed Saturday evening during its formal concert.
Friday at 7 p.m., an opening artist and organization reception will take place at the Hart Garden Theatre at Los Abrigados. Tickets are $30 per person. For reservations, call Chamber Music Sedona at (928) 204-2415. The reception, catered by Los Abrigados, will feature guitarist William Eaton, Native American flutist and singer Mary Redhouse and percussionist Will Clipman.
"We’re very pleased to be part of this remarkable assemblage,” Eaton said. "Bert and I have been discussing the project, and our thoughts are to perform material from the William Eaton Ensemble recordings on Canyon Records as well as a portion of the Sedona Seven Canyon Suite, a work I composed in honor of Chamber Music Sedona’s 20th anniversary performed at the 2003 Sedona Chamber Music Festival."
On Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Sedona Historical Museum will be home to several diverse musical ensembles and artists. The Oak Creek Brass Consort, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra principal musicians, performs from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Apple Barn. From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., guitarist and storyteller Michael Peach performs on the museum porch. Then, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the 2004 Telluride Bluegrass Festival amateur ensemble of the year, the Burnett Family, performs in the Apple Barn. Flagstaff’s famous family recently released its newest CD with "outstanding instrumentals and vocals," according to Harclerode.
From 2 to 3 p.m., Cynthia Strom will debut her original one-woman play, "Sing Me a Morning Song, Sedona."
The day concludes with a performance by The [A] List Jazz Quartet with guest saxophonist and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Band member Elliot Ventimiglia.
During the day period costumed actors from Canyon Moon Theatre will entertain guests. Food vendors, Native American Arts & Crafts, and two KidzKornerz also will be active including the Musical Instrument Zoo. Featured artists include Hopi award-winning artist Ramson Lomotewama whose blown glass, Kachina dolls and poetry will be on display. Sedona favorite Uqualla whose spiritual and healing practices are recognized widely will make appearances during the weekend celebration.
Old-fashioned demos will be going on all day and there will be two demonstrating artists, encaustic painter Carolyn Ensley, and from 1 to 4 p.m., oil painter Miro Fitzgerald. On Sunday, colored pencil artist Janet Collins will participate from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will be no on-site parking, so the Sedona Trolley will provide transportation from the municipal lot located at Schnebly and Jordan roads. Tickets for the all-day event are $10 for a family of four and $5 for individuals. Tickets can be purchased at Bashas’, the Worm Book & Music Store, and the Sedona Heritage Museum. This event is limited to 500 people so buy your tickets early.
The festivities continue May 7 at 7:30 p.m. when Chamber Music Sedona presents the final concert of its season at St. John Vianney Church featuring the Fry Street String Quartet and guest cellist Virginia Kron in music of Britten and Haydn concluding with one of chamber music’s greatest works, Schubert’s Cello Quintet.
Tickets to the concert are $20 general admission and available in Sedona at Bashas’, the Worm Book & Music Store and in the Village at Rycus’ Corners, as well as in Cottonwood at Planet Video & Music. Reserved tickets are $30 and may be purchased only by calling 204-2415.
The celebration concludes Mother’s Day with a brunch in the Apple Barn at the Sedona Historical Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that includes a performance by the Fry. The brunch is catered by Savannah’s Restaurant and includes all things apple such as apple muffins, homemade apple sauce and potato pancakes, apple and chicken gourmet sausage with sage butter, vegetable frittata with crème fraische, smoked salmon, apple-wood smoked bacon and turkey bacon, non-alcoholic champagne, sparkling cider, coffee or tea. Tickets are $60 per person and reservations must be made in advance by calling Chamber Music Sedona at 204-2415.
Following the brunch at 1 p.m., the Sedona Historical Museum is open to the public and admission is free. From 1 to 1:30 p.m., the Fry will be joined by the Custom Country Band featuring Arizona Junior Fiddle champion Patrick Clark for the first Sedona Apple Jam, a blending of classical and country.
"This is an exciting project for us,” Clark said. "I’ve been invited to arrange music for the Fry and Custom Country, definitely something new for me, and I’m comfortable with it as I also play in the Flagstaff Symphony and know how to use the orchestral strings.”
Following the Jam, Custom Country will be featured until 2:45 p.m. From 3 to 4 p.m., the Sedona Concert Band, under the direction of John Fifield, will bring the weekend to a close with its traditional Mother’s Day concert when CMS director and tubist Harclerode joins as a guest artist.
The Sedona Arts & Heritage Days are made possible by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Sedona Arts & Culture Commission, and Chamber Music Sedona.
For a more detailed schedule and additional information, contact Chamber Music Sedona at 204-2415 or visit http://www.ChamberMusicSedona.org or http://www.VisitSedona.com