the 2014 - 2015 season
Opening our 2014-15 season we are pleased to present The Latin Peppers, a Latin Jazz and dance music group, led by Jimmy Durchslag, that is creating quite a local buzz. The Latin Peppers' repertoire ranges from John Coltrane to Tito Puente, Buena Vista Social Club and Mongo Santamaria.
Praised in Gramophone for his “abundant energy, powerful fingers, big sound and natural musicality,” pianist Christopher Atzinger, a native of Michigan, enjoys an expanding career and reputation for excellence throughout the United States, Canada, Austria, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Spain.
The Pastime Silent Movie Orchestra will appear to delight audiences with films before the days of sound. They’ll be performing to Buster Keaton’s 1920 film classic, "The Scarecrow" and Charles Bowers 1926 slapstick comedy, "Now You Tell One," both film shorts accompanied by the live orchestra consisting of Franklin Stover, arranger, composer, and clarinet; Allen Lesser on violin; Dana Christen on piano and Jimmy Durschlag on trombone.
Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter are a multi-instrumentalist duo blending Celtic Harps, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Ukrainian Bandura, Cittern and more. They tour extensively, enchanting audiences with their virtuosic and breathtaking music both traditional and original, with heartwarming and humorous stories combined.
Returning to the Fortuna Concert Series stage we are pleased to present The San Francisco Munich Trio performing with pianist Dmitriy Cogan (formerly billed as Rebecca Rust and Friedrich Edlemann). Rebecca Rust, violoncello, and Friedrich Edelmann, bassoon, have played together in duo and larger chamber-music groups for over 30 years.
Huayllipacha (pronounced: why-lee-pacha) was conceived in 1987 by several Peruvian youths from the Andes. As a tribute to their culture and their ancestors, these talented and dedicated musicians named the group using the ancient language of Inca-Quechua. "Huaylli" means "song of triumph," and "Pacha" means "the earth." To simplify, "Singing to the Earth."
Returning to our stage, by popular demand, The Compost Mountain Boys have been performing traditional bluegrass music in Humboldt County since 1991. They play most anywhere from major festivals, to local venues and personal events. The band has performed at CBA Festivals and has produced one C.D., "Compost Live!" at the Redwood Coast Jazz Festival.
The Fortuna Concert Series is committed to supporting young musicians in our community. This year, to emphasize our commitment to support and to lend greater exposure to the talents of these young artists, we are highlighting the choral and instrumental musicians from Fortuna High School for this, our closing concert of the season.