Village Concerts was established in 2009 by Vince and Marilyn Sanguinet, producers, to enhance the musical offerings in the greater Inland Empire area. Chamber music programs of classical and semi-classical music feature the talents of international, local and student artists. Unless otherwise noted, concerts are performed on Sunday afternoons at 3:00.
Concerts are performed at the beautiful, acoustically excellent Doornbos Memorial Chapel, located on the grounds of Altavita (formerly Air Force Village West), a retirement center located at 17050 Arnold Drive, Riverside, CA. There is ample free onsite parking, and all facilities are handicapped accessible. See driving directions under the “Location” page of this website.
Robert Thies, piano & Damon Zick, saxophone and clarinet
Sunday, October 22, 2017
It’s pure joy and audience appeal unlimited when two masters of their instruments join forces to present a program of both classical and jazz favorites. Each artist has previously performed for Village Concerts, each with different groups, and we know top talent when we hear it! While woodwind artist Damon Zick was busy working on his Master’s Degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, pianist Robert Thies was busy winning the gold in a Russian piano competition — the first American since the legendary Van Cliburn to do so. Now that both artists live in the general Southern California area, they have expanded upon their classical beginnings and appearances with major orchestras, to delve into the intricate, innovative world of jazz. Here are two of our country’s finest musicians, and we anxiously await their appearance as they open our 9th season.
http://www.zick.net and www.RobertThies.org
Trio Celeste - Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano; Iryna Kreschovsky, violin and Ross Gasworth, cello
Sunday, February 18, 2018
When we first heard Trio Céleste four years ago, we knew we were listening to a dynamic group of young musicians. In this short span of time, the trio has be-come one of this country’s most important rising young piano trios. The combination of Kevin Kwan Loucks, Iryna Kreschovsky and Ross Gasworth have already thrilled audiences worldwide with their impeccable musicianship and virtuosity, while simultaneously including in their repertoire such major works as all of Beethoven’s piano trios. Very much in demand worldwide, during the 2016-17 concert season they sold out Carnegie Hall and the finest concert hall in Asia, the Seoul Arts Center. In addition to pursuing the trio’s concert appearances, they also established Chamber Music OC (Orange County) where the Education Division is dedicated to providing tuition-free classes in chamber music performance for extraordinarily talented students, ages 11 to 19. Village Concerts is proud to join with Chamber Music OC, by furthering performance opportunities for these extremely dedicated, talented young musicians. We will host from 10 to 15 young performers in concert this year for the first time. Please see notes below about Rising Young Stars and their appearance here, on June 17, 2018.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Two pianos, two brilliant pianists, playing as one! Steinway Artists, Fulbright recipients and internationally renowned duo pianists Ed and Anne Louise -Turgeon again include Village Concerts in a California concert tour. Testimonials from music directors and musicologists worldwide have proclaimed this husband and wife duo “one of the top ensembles of their generation.” Each artist possesses outstanding musical and technical abilities, while together they deliver seamless performances with the utmost clarity. The Turgeons’ numerous concert tours have taken them throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, Russia and the Far East — representing over 750 performances worldwide. Since performing for Village Concerts two years ago, we enthusiastically welcome them back following last year’s 18 day tour of Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic and Austria. Absolute piano perfection!
Rising Young Stars
Sunday, June 17, 2018
The secret is out! Our association with Chamber Music OC will be revealed when we present some of Southern California’s most promising young musicians! Thanks to mentoring by Trio Celeste violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, our audience will be introduced to the talents of amazing young musicians who auditioned for, and were accepted into this superb youth scholarship program, of which Village Concerts is now an active participant. Each group of 3 to 5 musicians will perform a complete work by one of the world’s classical masters. These concerts give us all a real reason to celebrate youth and music!