Flathead Valley LIVE on Stage is beginning its spring discount membership campaign for next season, offering four shows for 2014-15.
In October, violinist Wai Mizutani will play for the opening concert. Mizutani, a Juilliard School of Music graduate who is teaching orchestra at Flathead Valley Community College, has performed at Carnegie and Avery Fisher halls, as a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic and the Vancouver Symphony.
As a soloist, he has performed for orchestras around the world and earned top honors at international competitions. He has performed with Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Arnold Steinhardt, Yo-Yo Ma and Glenn Dicterow.
Matt Hershkowitz, pianist, is scheduled for the November concert. Herskowitz combines the technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, carving out a unique and personal voice in music. Graduating from New York’s Juilliard School and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, Hershkowitz has produced a series of critically -acclaimed recordings, collaborated with top classical, jazz, and pop artists, and has performed at music festivals across the globe. His multi-media show delights audiences around the world.
SAXsational, with Rob Verdi brings a collection of rare and unusual saxaphones and explores classic melodies from swing, jazz, movie and TV hits and pop favorites. He will play in February 2015.
Verdi will invite some of the valley’s high school musicians to share the stage with him. Hear a tiny curved sopranino, the world’s smallest saxophone, up to a 6-foot contrabass, the largest saxophone in the world.
Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos wrap up the series with a March 2015 concert. Playing violin/fiddle and guitar, the duo were the featured artists at the 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Grand Master Fiddler Championship in Nashville.
Alex DePue was winning major competitions by age 12 in both classical and fiddling styles, and has since been ranked among the top 10 fiddlers in the country. After teaming up with Mexican guitarist De Hoyos, the pair have been praised by critics, presenting a mix of virtuosity and sophistication.
Tickets for the series purchased by May 15 are $65 for adults, $55 for seniors, $35 for students and $150 for a family. Purchase of a ticket by March 29 also includes a ticket to the final concert of the 2013-14 season, which is the Gothard Sisters Celtic music show, which includes dancing, singing and Celtic instruments.
Ticket prices go up $10 after May 15.
Tickets may be purchased from a volunteer or at flatheadvalleyliveonstage.org
For more information, call Betsy at 752-0605 or Danlynne at 756-6357.