SPOTLIGHT: Bach begins season of chamber, symphony in Port Angeles and Sequim

A lot of Bach and a bit of Schubert is on the bill for dual Port Angeles Symphony Chamber Orchestra concerts this weekend.

The orchestra performs tonight in Port Angeles and Saturday night in Sequim.

The season-opener offerings feature a solo by oboist Anne Krabill for Bach’s Concert in A for Oboe d’amore and Orchestra, and a piano duet by Joy Lingerfelt and conductor Adam Stern.

Krabill is principal oboist in the Port Angeles Symphony and Chamber orchestras and also makes her living with music.

She and her family live in Port Townsend where they have a business manufacturing oboe and bassoon reeds.

She was born in Canada and was the principal oboist with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra in Nova Scotia, where every concert was recorded live for the CBC.

She will perform a solo in the second selection of the concert, Bach’s “Concerto in a for Oboe d’amore and Orchestra.”

Lingerfelt received a bachelor of music from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s in music from Southern Illinois University.

She is the minister of Music and Worship Arts at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles.

She is also music director of the Port Angeles Community Chorus and accompanist for the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Chorus.

Lingerfelt will be paired with Stern for a turn on Schubert’s “Fantasy in F for Piano Duet.”

She will also perform a solo in the last of the four concert selections, Bach’s “Concerto in d for Piano and Orchestra.”

Stern is most commonly seen locally wielding a baton as conductor and music director of the Port Angeles Symphony, a position he has held since 2005, but he also has extensive credentials as a pianist, composer and music producer.

Since earning a master’s degree in conducting from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 1977 at age 21, Stern has had a varied and successful career.

Some of the more colorful stops along the way include working with artists such as James Taylor and Judy Collins, and working as a music copyist for Frank Zappa.

As a composer he has written many pieces for the stage, including productions of “King Lear,” “The Winter’s Tale” and “Sweet Eros.”

His score for “Richard III” earned him a Los Angeles Dramalogue Award for Best Original Score.

The concerts mark the opening of the season for the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra, which follows with a concert at the Port Angeles High School auditorium on Nov. 7 featuring tap dancer Alex Dugdale.

He will tap along to the symphony’s rendition of Glen Gould’s “Tap Dance Concerto.”

The symphony’s holiday concert takes place Dec. 12.

“Bach! A Colossal Syllable . . .” will be performed at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave. in Port Angeles, at 7:30 p.m. today, and at the Sequim Worship Center, 604 N. Sequim Ave., 7:30 p.m Saturday, Oct. 17.

Tickets for either concert are $12, available in Port Angeles at Port Book and News bookstore, 104 W. First St. and in Sequim at BeeDazzled at The Buzz, 130 N. Sequim Ave., by phone at 360-457-5579 or at the door.

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