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By Sharon Grutzmacher / Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 09:26 am
PMF February Fest Begins February 13

EPHRAIM, WI (February 5, 2016) – All the way from Singapore and Houston, Texas, Igor Yuzefovich, concertmaster of Peninsula Music Festival and the Singapore Symphony and Joan DerHovsepian, principal viola of Peninsula Music Festival and associate principal of the Houston Symphony will present the first concert of the 2016 February Fest. The 2:00pm concert will take place at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay on Saturday, February 13. 

General admission seating is just $25. Students and children are just $5. A three-concert subscription is available for just $60. The concert will feature the music of Mozart, Villa-Lobos and Handel. Concert sponsors for February Fest include an anonymous donor, Ministry Door County Medical Center, Roger Bergen and Sharon Grutzmacher, Igor Yuzefovich and the PMF Sustaining Committee.

Internationally acclaimed violinist Igor Yuzefovich was most recently appointed Concertmaster of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as Concertmaster with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Assistant Concertmaster with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Born in Moscow, Russia into a musical family, Mr. Yuzefovich began his violin studies at the age of 5, and soon after enrolled at the Gnessin Music School, studying with Irina Svetlova. In 1991, Mr. Yuzefovich moved to the United States where he continued his violin studies and later earned advanced degrees from The Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of world-renowned pedagogue Victor Danchenko.

A winner of numerous competitions, Mr. Yuzefovich has performed all around the globe. His concerts and recitals have taken him from Carnegie Hall in New York to Cairo Opera House in Egypt, across Europe, South Africa and Asia.

As an active chamber musician, Igor Yuzefovich co-founded the Monument Piano Trio in 2004, which debuted to critical acclaim in Baltimore, Maryland and has since captivated audiences across the United States. In 2011 the Trio released their debut recording, featuring works by Brahms, Shostakovich and Schoenfield.

Violist Joan DerHovsepian has been a member of the Peninsula Music Festival since 1992. Previous solo performances with the PMF include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6, Harold in Italy by Berlioz, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, and the Penderecki and Walton Viola Concertos.

Ms. DerHovsepian holds the position of Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, and began her new position with the HS in the fall of 2010. She is an Artist Teacher of Viola at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, instructing students in viola orchestral repertoire and chamber music. She has given master classes at the New England Conservatory of Music and the New World Symphony. In addition to her time in Wisconsin, she spends her summers in Wyoming at the Grand Teton Music Festival and with the Mimir Chamber Music Festival in both Ft. Worth, Texas and Melbourne, Australia.

Ms. DerHovsepian is an active performer of chamber music in Houston and throughout the United States. As a member of the Everest Quartet, she concertized throughout the U.S. and Canada and won top prizes in the Banff and Fischoff competitions. She was Principal Viola of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and played in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. DerHovsepian was the second prize recipient of the 1995 William Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition. Her teachers include Kim Kashkashian and James Dunham.

February Fest was begun as a way to bridge the gap between the August Symphony seasons of the Peninsula Music Festival. Musicians from the Festival Orchestra enjoy returning to Door County during the ‘off season’ to present intimate chamber concerts and experience a time of year that most of them have never seen.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to bid on ‘Golf with the Concertmaster’. In addition to his love of music, Igor is an avid golfer so he is excited to spend an afternoon with three others at The Orchards for a round of golf on a mutually agreed upon date. For those who may not be golfers, you can also bid on ‘Lunch with the Concertmaster’. Igor is happy to enjoy a lunch at Chef’s Hat in Ephraim with three others on a mutually agreed upon date. Both are opportunities to get to know the Festival’s concertmaster and help raise money to fund February Fest. Thank you to The Orchards and Chef’s Hat for their generous donations.

A brief reception will follow the concert. Full program details can be found on the Peninsula Music Festival website: www.musicfestival.com. Reservations can be made by calling the Festival office at 920.854.4060 or securely through the website. The Peninsula Music Festival is a fully professional symphony orchestra that presents nine concerts in three weeks each August. The 64th season will take place August 2–20, 2016 at the Door Community Auditorium.
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