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Fall Color Chamber Music Festival this weekend
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Posted on September 12 2013, 3:28pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
Music Fest schedule
Friday: Cocktail party at Montanya with the White Chapel Ensemble, 7 p.m.
Saturday: Fall Color Music Festival Concert, 3 p.m., First Congregational Church.
Sunday: Recital and clinic, 2 p.m., First Congregational Church.
Musicians to perform, offer workshops
Attention fall color watchers, and music lovers: Get ready for a special treat. Once again it is time for the Silverton Fall Color Chamber Music Festival, Sept. 13-16.
The festival kicks off with a cocktail party at Montanya at 7 p.m. Friday. The “White Chapel Ensemble,” consisting of Tim Black, Denny Kurtz, Fred Canfield, and Loren Lew, will entertain you with old standards and lively renditions of spirituals.
Saturday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.  at First Congregational Church a  free hour-long Silverton Fall Color Chamber Music Fest Concert will be offered. 
Donations will be accepted  for the benefit of the church’s musical infrastructure and for Silverton School to support Silverton School children’s music studies. A reception follows with a cash bar/dinner at Natalia’s Restaurant. 
Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church, an instrument recital and clinic will be offered for people of any age who play strings, clarinet and piano.  Public attendance is free. 
Participants’ fee of $15 is payable to the clinician. Participants are to perform a piece of their choice less than 10 minutes in length. Katherine Shields, Ph.d. in music, coaches string players, Andrew O’Brien, piano and  Joshua Mietz, clarinet/woodwinds.
Shields, of Chandler, Ariz., is a violist with the Arizona Opera Orchestra and music director of the San Tan Orchestra, a community orchestra in Phoenix’s East Valley. She is director of the Chaparral MusicFest Chamber Music Workshop (Prescott, Ariz.) and faculty for the Silverton Fall Color Chamber Music Fest in Silverton. 
Pianist Andrew O’Brien teaches in his private studio and is an instructor at Scottsdale Community College. Andrew O’Brien, piano, received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Solo Performance from Arizona State University where he studied with Robert Hamilton. 
Colorado native Joshua Mietz, clarinet, is an instructor at Fort Lewis College. He is music minister at First  United Methodist Church of Durango and appears in  concerts offered by Third Avenue Arts Association. Mietz enjoys ultra-marathon running. He is often seen participating in Silverton running events and enjoys the outdoors.
Tim Black, Silverton resident and host, violinist/luthier, has had a busy year studying violinmaking. He visited a number of museums and violin dealers around the country learning the  secrets of the Cremona masters.  
In April, his studies took him to Concord, Mass., for a violin varnish workshop. This spring he completed a copy of the Guarneri del Gesu “Ole Bull” 1744. 
He will be performing on this violin at the concert Saturday.
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