Saturday – May 9th 2015 – 7pm
Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others. The Saratoga Orchestra is fortunate to have Darol lead this fantastic concert.
Emy Phelps is a recording artist, core songwriter of the Furies, and works in duet with Darol Anger. Her current release with members of The Furies is “Look Up, Look Down”, and she has participated in recordings by Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega, Taarka, and Duke McVinnie.
Simon Chrisman is known for his finely tuned sense of the groove – that perfect blend of rhythmic strength, awareness, and deep listening found in the musical greats of any genre. A prolific composer and virtuoso of the hammer dulcimer, Simon tours the world with Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, forming the trio The Bee Eaters, whose sound The Boston Globe described as “chamber music’s finely calibrated arrangements [combined] with bluegrass’s playful virtuosity and pop music’s melodic resourcefulness.” He also tours as bassist with bluegrass master Laurie Lewis.
SARATOGA ORCHESTRA MUSIC DIRECTOR / CONDUCTOR
Anna Edwards has been part of the vibrant Seattle music community for the past twenty years. She is currently a member of the Auburn Symphony and has been a freelance violinist in the Seattle Metro area for the last 19 years playing with such groups as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and the Northwest Sinfonietta.
Anna is the founder and music director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, an intergenerational symphony orchestra consisting of highly talented high school and university students performing with Seattle professional musicians including the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. In addition to her responsibilities with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Anna is the music director at Roosevelt High School where she has built the orchestra program over the past thirteen years into a nationally award-winning program. She has additionally worked with the Seattle Youth Symphony program over the past 19 years conducting the Symphonette Symphony, Classical Symphony, and the Festival String Orchestra for the Marrowstone-in-the-City summer music program.
For the past three years, Anna was selected to attend the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians where she studied conducting with music director Michael Jinbo. Anna recently finished her Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Washington.
The Fiddlin’ at the Farm on May 8th is Sold Out.