PAFE Festival and Concerts for 2014
The 28th annual Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside adjudications will be held the week of April 22-26 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church near Eastgate in Bellevue. The students from elementary age to adults in piano, violin, viola, cello, woodwinds and voice will be heard by university-level professors and artists of note from throughout the Pacific Northwest. Almost 400 instrumental and vocal performers enrolled in over 430 adjudicated Festival events this year. Over $3,000 in scholarship awards will be distributed among the best performers.
The concerto competition, where 10 to 12 finalists from grades 7 through 12 will perform for scholarship awards and an orchestra performance opportunity in the Concerto Play Off Concert on April 25 at 7:00 PM at St. Andrew’s. The exciting concert is free of charge and open to the public.
Judging the concerto finalists will be Dr. Will Simpson, Music Director and conductor at St. Andrew’s; Marjorie Kransbeg-Talvi, noted strings affiliate with several Northwest music departments and music camps; and Alexei Girsh, conductor of the Eastlake Symphony. A public reception will follow.
First place and scholarship winners from each class in the Festival will perform in four free Eastside Artist Concerts May 3rd and 4th at St. Andrew’s. Each concert will have a completely different program and set of performers, and each will be followed by a public reception for the performers and guest artists.
The Saturday May 3rd Concerts will be at 4 PM and 7PM; the Sunday, May 4 concerts are at 2 PM and 5 PM. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Each Eastside Festival Artist concert also features a special guest artist. The Saturday 4 PM concert features violist Melia Watras, who is the University of Washington Strings Department Chair. The Saturday evening concert features pianist Dr. Will Simpson, Music Director at St. Andrew’s. The Sunday May 4th 2 PM guest artist is cellist Paige Stockley-Lerner, from Cornish College of the Arts. The 5 PM concert on Sunday will feature soprano Rachel DeShon, a Marvin Hamlisch Artist and former PAFE award winner and now an administrator at Cornish College of the Arts.
PAFE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a fun and educational experience for young performers in the Greater since 1987, and is supported by the Bellevue Arts Commission and 4 Culture. For more information see our website at http://pafenorthwest.org.