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By Sharon Grutzmacher / Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 10:32 am
February Fest 2017 Continues with Duo
Margot Schwartz

The 2017 February Fest presented by the Peninsula Music Festival continues on Saturday, February 18 when cellist Anna Burden and violin/violist Margot Schwartz present a duo recital. The 2:00 p.m. concert will be held at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. General admission seating is $25 per person. Students and children are just $5. Roger Bergen and Sharon Grutzmacher, Door County Medical Center and Gen Follingstad sponsor February Fest. Gretchen Maring and Peninsula Music Festival Sustaining Committee provide additional support.

Associate principal cellist of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) since 2011, Anna Burden has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Solo appearances include performances with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, the Washington Chamber Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Park Symphony Orchestra, and with musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

She holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, a Master's degree from The Juilliard School, and a Professional Studies diploma from the Manhattan School of Music. Prior to joining the OSM, Ms. Burden was a cellist in the Saint Louis Symphony during the 2010-2011 season, and she served as principal cellist of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland during the summer of 2010. She has played in the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra since 2007. Ms. Burden plays a cello made in 1929 by Carl Becker of Chicago.

A native of Oakland, California, violinist Margot Schwartz is a member of the First Violin section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee, Berkeley, and Oakland East Bay Symphonies, as well as the Northwestern University Chamber and Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestras. As a chamber musician, in which capacity she has performed extensively on both violin and viola, Ms. Schwartz has appeared at New York’s Bargemusic, at the Kennedy Center, and on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series.

Ms. Schwartz currently performs on numerous series in the Milwaukee area, including Frankly Music and Present Music, along with her regular performances both as a new member of the Prometheus Trio as well as in the violin/viola duo Bowing Rogue.

During the summer, Ms. Schwartz presently performs in the First Violin sections of both the Bellingham and Peninsula Music Festivals. A former teacher at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as the Lincoln-Bassett School in New Haven, Connecticut, Schwartz currently teaches privately in Milwaukee and coaches sectionals and chamber music at local high schools.

She holds a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ani Kavafian, as well as a Bachelor of Music, which she earned, cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Music, where she was a student of Roland and Almita Vamos.

The program for February 18 will include the music of Beethoven, Kodaly and Ravel. Full program details for all the February Fest concerts can be found at www.musicfestival.com. The final February Fest concert will be held on February 25 and will feature the low brass of the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra.

Maestro Yampolsky will be in attendance at the February 18 concert and lunch for four with the Maestro will be auctioned off. The highest bidder will enjoy a lunch at Chef’s Hat Restaurant during the month of August with the Victor Yampolsky and three friends. Additionally, an opportunity to golf with the bass section of the orchestra will be up for bid. The high bidder will have an afternoon of golf at The Orchards in August. Proceeds from both will benefit February Fest.    

Reservations for February Fest can be made by calling the Festival office at 920-854-4060, stopping by the office located at the Green Gables Shops in Ephraim or on the web. Tickets can also be purchased at the door starting at 1:30 on the day of the concert at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church.

In addition to February Fest, the Peninsula Music Festival presents nine symphonic concerts in three weeks each August at the Door Community Auditorium. The 65th season will run August 1 – 19, 2017. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now.

10347 Water Street (Highway 42) Unit B in the Green Gables Shops, Ephraim, WI
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