Milestones are easy to see in the rearview mirror, but looking ahead you don’t always see them coming. This year, Center Stage Strings is looking back at one, a big one.
During its first five years, the Camp steadily acquired a solid reputation for high-quality teaching in a casual, often fun, environment. Students who had been here told other students who told other students.
Professional musicians were impressed too. Some of the finest teachers and guest performers in North America have hung their spurs in Three Rivers. Word gets around in the music world.
Still, the majority of student musicians coming to Three Rivers were from California. Up until now, Center Stage Strings has mostly been a regional music camp.
This year, it’s national. More than half of the 35 elite young musicians accepted into this summer’s camp are from out of state. That means the word is going to spread farther and faster, launching an already remarkable strings camp into yet another phase of evolution.
This year’s Camp begins on June 21 and ends on July 12. As always, the Camp will present several concerts, from both professional and student musicians.
The opening concert, Faculty Showcase, takes place Tuesday, June 23, at the St. Anthony chapel. Among the stellar musicians taking the stage are Naumberg Prize-winning cellist David Requiro performing with Juilliard cellist Meta Weiss; violinists Elbert Tsai, Kyungha Ko, and Danielle Belen; Jennie Jung performing solo for a change; and, new to Three Rivers, violist Caroline Coade. Works by Mozart, Brahms, Piazzolla, Debussy, and Ysaye are on the program.
The highlight of the camp will be the featured artist, a Three Rivers favorite, Simone Porter. In the five years since Simone, now 18, first visited Three Rivers — she was here for the first Center Stage Strings camp in 2010 — she has risen to the top of her generation as a virtuoso violinist.
Last September at the Hollywood Bowl, Simone became one of the youngest violinists ever to solo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has also soloed with numerous other prestigious orchestras across the country and, in March of this year, was chosen to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant.
This fall, Simone will solo again with the LA Philharmonic, this time under the direction of the conducting world’s brightest star, Gustavo Dudamel, at Disney Hall.
Concert schedules for the upcoming camp will be available on line at www.centerstagestrings.com. You’ll find ticket information there, too.