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The outstanding classical musicians of the Heifetz International Music Institute are coming back to Georgetown!

The Heifetz Institute musicians were regular visitors before the pandemic and we are so thrilled that they are returning to the Midcoast with new musicians and playing in multiple venues!

With the generous support of the Georgetown Island Education Foundation, performers from the Heifetz Institute, the highly regarded string instruction program and accompanying festival in Staunton, VA, return to Maine for a four-day residency in MidCoast Maine featuring a series of school and outreach events culminating in public concerts Tuesday, May 14 at St. Andrews Church in Newcastle, Wednesday May 15 at Grey Havens Inn and a cabaret style concert Thursday May 16 at the Robinhood Free Meetinghouse.

Grey Havens Concert: A lovely concert in our salon featuring a full string quartet and concert pianist playing our 1920s era Chicago-born baby grand piano! This is a very special opportunity to enjoy classical music as it was appreciated back in the day! Our fabulous bartender, Richard, will be on hand to prepare you one of the Inn’s delicious signature cocktails starting at 6 PM. The concert will begin at 7 PM.

Cabaret Night: Heifetz prides itself on playing in all kinds of spaces for all kinds of audiences and, for this fun event, they’ll play downstairs in the Meetinghouse dining room, presenting a cabaret-style program. We’ll have drinks available to aid in your enjoyment. Doors open at 6 PM, music starts at 7 PM.

St. Andrews Church, 111. Glidden St. Newcastle Maine, 7 PM classical program in a beautiful setting.

Make it a mini-break of music with a discounted stay at Grey Havens: If you coming from away or simply don’t want to drive home after the evening’s concert(s), you can stay at Grey Havens Inn using our special Heifetz discount – simply use the code Heifetz2024 to get 20% off the room rate for any one or more nights, available 5/13 to 5/16. Click here to reserve a room at the Grey Havens Inn (this link has the discount already applied).

Renowned around the world for its training of the next generation of great string players.  “Communicate – Engage – Inspire” is the motto of the Heifetz Institute, and you will witness living proof of that mission in May.

FULL PROGRAM (Tues. May 14, St. Andrews Church; Wed. May 15,  Grey Havens Inn)

KREISLER:  Miniature Viennese March                                             3:30

                (Carlos Martinez, Hun Choi, Miki Sawada)

PAGANINI: Caprice No. 23                                                                   4:00
                (Marina Alba Lopez)
DEBUSSY: Cello Sonata                                                                    10:00
                 (Hun Choi, Miki Sawada)
ZIMBALIST: Zapateado fr. Sarasatiana                                              5:00
                  (Jiwon Kim, Miki Sawada)
SARASATE: Navarra, Op. 33                                                               9:00

                  (Marina Alba, Carlos Martinez, Miki Sawada)

SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44                                             29:00
  1. Allegro brillante
  2. In modo d’una marcia. Un poco largamente
  3. Scherzo: Molto vivace
  4. Allegro ma non troppo

Maria Alba Lopez, violin (violin I movements I & II)

                Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo, violin (violin I movements III & IV)
                Jiwon Kim, viola
                Hun Choi, cello
                Miki Sawada, piano
CABARET-STYLE PROGRAM  (Thursday, May 16, Robinhood Free Meetinghouse) 
DVORAK: Terzetto, in C, Op. 74:                                                        5:00
                  III. Scherzo
                         Marina Alba Lopez, violin,
                         Jiwon Kim, viola
                         Hun Choi, cello
BACH: Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1009: I. Prelude               4:00
                (Hun Choi)
CHOPIN: Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2                                4:00
                 (Hun Choi, Miki Sawada)
BACH: Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. Prelude               4:00
                    (Jiwon Kim)
ZIMBALIST: Zapateado fr. Sarasatiana                                              5 00
                  (Jiwon Kim, Miki Sawada)
Brasilian Sun, Vermont Moonlight: A selection of songs & sambas      c. 20:00
             (tentative song list)
             Girl from Ipanema
             Chega de Saudade
             Moon River
             Moonlight in Vermont
                  Maria Alba, vocals w/Heifetz musicians
KREISLER:  Miniature Viennese March                                             3:30
                (Maria Alba Lopez, Hun Choi, Miki Sawada)
                                                                                                            C. 45:00

Meet the musicians!

Carlos Martinez Arroyo
Spanish violinist Carlos Rafael Martinez Arroyo received his Bachelor of Music at Manhattan School of Music in the Pinchas Zukerman Program. He has performed extensively throughout his native country and the United States. He has received numerous awards and recognition at competitions, including the Angeles Reina Competition in Malaga, Spain, the Miniatures Competition at Manhattan School of Music, the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition at Manhattan School of Music 2019 and 2020, and 2nd Prize at the Chicago Violin Competition
Marina Alba
Born in Madrid to a family of musicians, Marina Alba is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music at the IU Jacobs School of Music with Grigory Kalinovsky with a minor in Jazz voice with Rachel Caswell, and will be graduating this May with the highest distinction. Marina will be starting her MM degree in the Pinchas Zukerman Program at Manhattan School of Music with a full-tuition scholarship in Fall 2024. Marina has performed at the Berliner Philharmonie, Kulturpalast in Dresden, Francis Auditorium, National Auditorium of Music in Madrid, Musical Arts Center at IU, Moritzburg Castle, Madrid’s Cibeles’ Palace and Maria Cristina Hall (Málaga). She has won several awards, including First Prize at the III Forum Musikae International Competition, Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award and the AFSF Opportunity Award. Marina loves jazz and how it intersects with her Spanish heritage and classical violin playing. In addition to singing jazz, she also plays and improvises violin in these genres, as well as Jazz manouche, flamenco and free jazz.

Jiwon Kim
Born in Seoul, South Korea, violist Jiwon Kim has been a winner of the Richmond Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, as well as a prizewinner at the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League’s competition. Jiwon also performed with A Far Cry in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory as the winner of A Far Cry/New England Conservatory Prep Collaborative Competition. In addition, Jiwon has performed in solo masterclasses given by Roberto Diaz, Kim Kashkashian, Carol Rodland, Richard O’Neill, Karen Dreyfus, and Cynthia Phelps. In 2018, Jiwon graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts, where she studied with Mai Motobuchi, violist of the Borromeo String Quartet. She currently studies with Jeffrey Irvine at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Hun Choi
Hun Choi of Seoul, South Korea first entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2017 and received a Bachelor of Music degree in 2023. He is now pursuing a master’s degree, studying cello with Peter Wiley and Gary Hoffman. Choi made his U.S. debut as a soloist with the Penn Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Thomas Hong in 2022. Choi has given recitals in venues throughout South Korea, including Kumho Art Hall, Daejeon Culture and Arts Center, and the Kukje Gallery. He has performed as a soloist in his home country with the PyeongChang Festival Orchestra, Namyangju Symphony Orchestra, and Yewon Orchestra. He received first prize at the Seoul Youth Chamber Music Competition in 2015 and won the PyeongChang Music Festival Concerto Competition in 2017. Additionally, he was a prizewinner at the 2019 Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition and participated in the 2018 Prague Spring International Music Competition and the 2022 ISANGYUN Competition. Prior to studying at Curtis, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Korea National University of Arts, where he studied with Myung-Wha Chung.
Miki Sawada
Pianist Miki Sawada, whose performance made The Boston Globe’s list “The classical concerts that made me fall in love with live music again,” is known as a fearless musician who is taking classical music where others are not. Through her signature project  Gather Hear Tour , Miki is traveling the country state-by-state with a piano in a van to perform in community gathering spaces instead of concert halls. The mission is to connect with Americans across socioeconomic and political boundaries in this deeply divided country through music. Miki has given more than 80 free concerts in Alaska, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Utah, and Louisiana, and Alabama, and has directed films about her tours which have screened at film festivals. When not trucking around with her own piano, Miki enjoys a career of solo and chamber music, with a special affinity for contemporary music. Miki has been featured at venues
and occasions such as: Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Helsinki Music Centre, The Arctic Philharmonic (Norway), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater (NYC), Roulette (Brooklyn), MATA Festival (NYC), Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Music on Main (Vancouver). She performs with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble in Boston, and recently made her soloist debut with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Miki holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University. Miki has been on faculty at Heifetz Institute since 2018.


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