When you hear the word “Hootenanny”, what do you think of? The dictionary defines it as “an informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing.” “Hootenanny” may not be what you associate with the Heifetz International Music Institute either! The Music school can be found on the campus of Mary Baldwin College and is well known as an innovative and cross-disciplinary school that teaches students to communicate the emotion of music – not just the technical expertise of music. So with that in mind, you can imagine the energy and emotion contained in an informal gathering of musicians enjoying some Celtic and folk music together.
On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm Heifetz alums, Rachell Wong and Ben Fried will be joining Faculty member Carlos Avila and a special singer Angel Azzarra for the Heifetz Spring Hootenanny. Attend this musical experience and enjoy Celtic airs and reels and cabaret classics. The location for this event is The American Hotel in the wharf area of Staunton.
Rachell Wong recently completed her Master’s studies at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in violin. She has won a number of International music awards and was a frequent performer in the “Stars of Tomorrow” during her time at the Heifetz Institute. Her talent includes the ability to “crossover” to folk and improvisational setting of the Hootenanny.
Cellist Ben Fried, is a winner of the 2014 Eastman Cello Concerto Competition and is studying in the Maters program at Mannes College of Music. He has performed on National Public Radio and on a public radio station in Chicago.
Faculty member Carlos Avila is one of the most in-demand pianists in the classical music world. This Julliard graduate has performed across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Angel Azzarra was born in Mississippi and has recently made her debut with the New York City Opera. Angel earned her Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music as their only full scholarship voice major. Her interpretation of the informal music at the Hootenanny will delight attendees.
The venue for the Hootenanny, The American Hotel & Banquet Room, is an historic property built in 1855 by the Central Virginia Railroad Company. The building hosted a large number of dignitaries of the time. The Hotel was spared when Staunton was burned by Union troops 1864 perhaps because it was the officers’ quarters. When the building was renovated in 2003, the Grand Ball Room was rebuilt in the style of the 1850’s.
The performers and the location of the Heifetz Spring Hootenanny will make this a very special evening. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online. Make your reservations to stay with us and enjoy the Hootenany!