Village Concerts was established in 2009 by Vince and Marilyn Sanguinet, producers, to enhance the musical offerings in the greater Inland Empire area. Chamber music programs of classical and semi-classical music feature the talents of international, local and student artists. Unless otherwise noted, concerts are performed on Sunday afternoons at 3:00.
Concerts are performed at the beautiful, acoustically excellent Doornbos Memorial Chapel, located on the grounds of Altavita (formerly Air Force Village West), a retirement center located at 17050 Arnold Drive, Riverside, CA. There is ample free onsite parking, and all facilities are handicapped accessible. See driving directions under the “Location” page of this website.
Michael Noble, piano
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Village Concerts welcomes Moreno Valley native Michael Noble, piano, to open our eighth season. He has been hailed by critics as “a pianist to remember,” and his playing “poetic, elegant, stylish and powerful.” Mr. Noble’s musical education has already taken him around the world, while simultaneously working toward his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale University. A true student of classical music, he recently completed a one-year residency in Ghent, Belgium as a fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, where he studied, concertized and co-founded the Brussels-based “Music of Changes.” During the past season he performed throughout Western Europe, Thailand, and the United States. His program for Village Concerts will include the music of Mozart, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Albeniz and more.
TEMIRZHAN YERZHANOV, piano and YULIYA ZINOVIEVA, mezzo soprano
Sunday, January 29, 2017
The American pianist/conductor Temirzhan Yerzhanov hails from Kazakhstan and brings to his background many international musical experiences, influences and education which has produced a musician of both profound sensitivity and power. In his native Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerzhanov was awarded with Yenbek Sinirgen Qairatken (the Russian equivalent of “People’s Artist”), the nation’s highest honorary title for artistic contribution. He is also Gold Medal winner of the prestigious Schumann Piano Competition. We look forward to his concert for Village Concerts both as piano soloist and accompanist for vocalist Yuliya Zinovieva.
Equally at home with popular and opera repertoire, internationally acclaimed mezzo soprano Yuliya Zinovieva, described as “the voice of a generation, “ now stands on the brink of opera stardom. From her debut in a solo recital with pianist Temirzhan Yerzhanov with the San Luis Obispo Symphony Guild, she has gone on to perform recitals in Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Austria, Los Angeles and New York. She is host of her own music program, “Yulianna” on International Canadian-American network KalinkaTV She is currently mentored by distinguished Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov and soprano Olga Toparkova.
ROBERT THIES, piano and ELIZABETH HEDMAN, violin
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The career of pianist Robert Thies stands as a gold standard for any aspiring young musician, and Village Concerts is proud to present Mr. Thies in concert, the winner of the Gold Medal at the International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory in 1995, Thies became the only American pianist to win first prize in a Russian piano competition since the legendary Van Cliburn’s triumph in Moscow in 1958. Musicians and critics alike hail Thies as “an artist who has developed a reputation as a genuine and sincere artist, performing in a manner to draw focus to the composer rather than to himself.” Since that time, Mr. Thies has performed as soloist, collaborator and chamber musician worldwide as well as for the film industry. He has also recorded CDs which will be available at his concert for us. Village Concerts is pleased to welcome Mr. Thies as soloist and as collaborative pianist with violinist Elizabeth Hedman.. www.RobertThies.org
Seattle transplant Elizabeth Hedman is one busy lady since moving to SoCal, where she serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Symphony, as a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, and regularly with LA Opera. She is also busy working in the film and recording industries. Although she has performed as recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout the U.S., Ms. Hedman particularly enjoys chamber music, and welcomes the opportunity to appear with Robert Thies for Village Concerts.
Damon Zick, soprano saxophone;
Kenton Youngstrom, guitar;
Jacob Szelky, cello; Aaron Chavez, percussion
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Quarteto Nuevo could easily be called “Fusion at its Finest,” a world chamber music group that merges western classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop! The ensemble’s razor sharp precision is enhanced by its jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and difficult to navigate time signatures. Recent winners of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Quarteto’s master musicians create emotionally-charged soundscapes with instruments and sensibilities from very different parts of the world. The quartet richly colors their wide-ranging repertoire, from classical, contemporary, Eastern Europe, to original works. We look forward to this lively, fascinating conclusion to our eighth season.