The first concert of Jamestown Concert Association's 2011-2012 season will be cellist Sebastian Baverstam with Constantine Finehouse, pianist, on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 410 N. Main St., Jamestown, N.Y.
Baverstam is a winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He is also a winner of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of the Shostakovich Concerto with the BSO at Symphony Hall. He offered his first full recital at the age of six at Harvard University and his first concerto with orchestra at the age of seven. In 2002 at the age of fourteen, he made his Weill Hall debut. Since then he has given numerous solo recitals, recently performing all six Bach cello suits at Williams College. He appeared as the featured young artist of the 2005 Williamstown Chamber Concerts and has also performed at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, the ASCAP awards at Lincoln Center, the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris and many other venues.
Sebastian Baverstam, age twenty-one, has appeared multiple times on the nationally syndicated radio show From the Top and Voice of America. On television, he was featured on the PBS TV version of From the Top, and he has participated in a PBS documentary filmed at Carnegie Hall, as well as a film by the Masterclass Media Foundation of Great Britain and a nationally televised commercial for Bose speakers.
As a concerto soloist, Baverstam has performed with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Concord Symphony Orchestra and the Chernikov Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has toured China, Venezuela and Brazil as soloist with the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Committed to performing music of our time and to working with living composers, Mr. Baverstam was the 2006 winner for contemporary interpretation at the Johansen International Competition for String Players. The program for the evening will include: Chopin's Polonaise-Fantasie in Ab Major, Op 61; Shubert's Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano D. 821; Frank's Sonata in A Major for Cello and Piano and Kodaly's Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8. Constantine Finehouse, pianist, has performed extensively in the US and abroad, including Trieste, London, St. Petersburg and Odessa. Mr. Finehouse, a native of Russia, is the recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship from Julliard and has received several additional honors. He currently serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory's Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education.
Ticket prices for this concert are $20 adult, $17 senior with a $2 discount for tickets purchased in advance. Ticket locations are the Reg Lenna Box Office, Germaine and Pappalardo Music Shoppe, Chautauqua Music, Trinity Guitar and at the door. Students 18 and under are free with an adult ticket holder. Special sponsor for this concert is Lakewood Furniture Galleries. The JCA is supported in part by the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, NYSCA, United Arts Appeal and Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
JCA is pleased to announce Symphony Syracuse, formerly Syracuse Symphony, will be performing its annual Light Classics and Holiday Pops Concert in addition to a spring concert,"Mozart, Mozart and More Mozart" this season. Other musicians performing in the 2011-2012 season are Robert Plano, Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Aleksander Popov, bassoonist, and a very special performance in March by Jamestown native, organist Joshua Stafford. In addition to receiving a full scholarship at the prestigious Curtis Institute, Joshua is now pursuing his master's degree at Yale University while maintaining a concert schedule and serving as organist and choir director at St. Andrew's Anglo-Catholic Church in Stamford, Ct.
A membership in the Jamestown Concert Association includes admission to six concerts of the Warren Concert Association. For additional information on becoming a JCA member and additional JCA news, call (716) 487-1522 or visit the website at www.jamestownconcertassociation.org.