‘February Fest’ Classical Music Returns to Egg Harbor


CARRIER OF EGGS, Wis. (WFRV) – The Peninsula Music Festival will once again present three classical music concerts in its “February Fest” at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion. Info: musicfestival.com.

The organization launched the event a few years ago to keep its name active beyond its famous summer concert series.

According to a press release: Concerts begin at 2 p.m. on three consecutive Sundays. A snapshot:

February 6

Thomas Kluge, violin
Christi Zuniga, piano

February 13

Terry Everson, trumpet
Peter Everson, trumpet
Colin Wellford, piano

February 10

Jonathan Bass, piano

The number of places is limited to 100 per concert. Reservations: peninsulafestival.com.

NOTE: The festival will require proof of full vaccination for guests of all ages at all performances during its 70th anniversary season. In the absence of proof of vaccination, a negative COVID test passed 72 hours or less at the scheduled performance time will be accepted. In addition, all customers will be required to wear a mask inside the hall and throughout the duration of each performance. If conditions and guidelines change, allowing for relaxed protocols, customers will be notified by email the week of the concert.

Series kick off February 6 will be esteemed members of the Festival Orchestra – violist Thomas Kluge and principal keyboardist Christi Zuniga.

On the program, works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and César Franck.

Thomas Kluge is the principal viola of the Omaha Symphony, chamber musician, recitalist and active soloist. Prior to moving to Omaha, Kluge was a freelance musician in New York, performing with the New York Philharmonic, numerous orchestras throughout Connecticut, and numerous chamber orchestras. Outside of his work with the Omaha Symphony, Kluge performs regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician. He was a founding member and artistic director of the Omaha Chamber Music Society, with which he maintains a close relationship. Kluge was educated in New York at the Manhattan School of Music. Prior to obtaining his Masters in Viola Performance, Kluge studied in Stuttgart, Germany, and Bern, Switzerland, where he earned a Diploma in Violin Pedagogy and Viola Performance and Pedagogy from the Conservatory of music and theater in Bern. Kluge is active as an educator. He maintains a small private studio, teaching violin and viola. He has served on the faculties of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University, the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina, and the Omaha Conservatory of Music. Kluge plays a viola made for him by eminent American luthiers Carl F. Becker and his daughter Jennifer.

Christi Zuniga is a native of Atlanta and has served as the principal keyboardist of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra since 2000. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Clayton State College. She earned a master’s degree in chamber music and accompaniment from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Zuniga has previously performed with the Atlanta Symphony, the Charleston Symphony and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, which served as the resident orchestra of the Evian International Music Festival in France in 1990 under the direction of Mstislav Rostropovich. Before moving to Omaha, Zuniga was the staff coach and class piano instructor at Clayton State College, south of Atlanta. In addition to her regular engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, she has also performed with other orchestra members and accompanied Atlanta Symphony Chorus rehearsals. As an accompanist, she has worked with performers in master classes taught by Jean-Pierre Rampal, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrell, Elly Ameling, David Gordon, Peter Lloyd, Bonita Boyd and Paula Robison. She has collaborated with many guest artists, including Joseph Alessi, Thomas Bacon, Patrick Sheridan, Cindy Ellis and Peter Verhoyen. In addition to his full-time position with the Omaha Symphony, Zuniga has served as Principal Keyboardist of the Peninsula Music Festival’s Festival Orchestra for the past five seasons. She accompanies musicians in the greater Omaha area for various concerts and competitions, and resides in Ralston, Nebraska, with her husband and their Chihuahuas.

the February 13 welcomes back the Festival Orchestra’s principal trumpeter, Terry Everson, alongside his son and fellow trumpeter Peter Everson, who has played with the orchestra a few times and studied with his father at Boston University’s School of Music.

The two will collaborate with pianist Colin Welford in works by Antonio Vivaldi, Holloway, Ketting, Hansen, Johnson, Hubeau, Stephenson and Everson.

The Everson duo got their start in 2008, when Terry composed “Hyfrydol Aspects” for Peter, accompanying him on piano at the National Trumpet Competition in Fairfax, Virginia. Since then, they have appeared together on stage with increasing frequency, including the 2018 Ohio International Trumpet Guild Chapter Conference, the 2019 National Trumpet Competition and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute and International Guild Virtual Conference. Trumpet Festival 2021. Since 2019 they have performed as Associate Artists with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass in Wisconsin, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona and Missouri, with upcoming dates in 2022 in Florida , Missouri, Arkansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Terry Everson is currently Principal Trumpet of Alice and Martin Krebs at the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra. He has served on the faculty of Boston University College of Fine Arts and Tanglewood Institute since 1999, and as a master teacher, his work at Boston University was recognized with the University’s 2014 Metcalf Prize for teaching excellence. His masterclasses have met with great success at the prestigious institutions of Northwestern University, Rice University, Yale University, University of North Texas, University of Michigan, Florida State University, New England Conservatory, London’s Royal College of Music, Costa Rica National Symphony Conservatory and the Xi’an and Shenyang Conservatories in China. Terry first gained acclaim in 1988 when he won the first Ellsworth Smith Solo Competition sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild, and a year later was the first prize winner of the Louise D. McMahon in 1990. He has performed at 15 international trumpet conferences since 1980, has released three complete recordings of notable modern works for trumpet and piano, and has recorded as a soloist with the New England Brass Band, Lexington Brass Band , the Eastern Wind Symphony, and is featured in over 60 CD releases as principal trumpet of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Terry’s annual 4th of July performances as Principal Trumpet of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra are seen worldwide by millions each year via broadcast, and additionally he has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestra on of several tours. Terry has performed as a soloist with the Costa Rica National Symphony Brass and Percussion, US Army Band (“Pershing’s Own”), Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Peninsula Music Festival, Lexington Philharmonic, Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, Tanglewood Young Artists Wind Ensemble , Brass Band of Columbus, New England Brass Band, and many middle and high school wind ensembles. Since the pandemic, Everson has turned his creativity to online outlets, self-production of videos by the Boston University Trumpet Ensemble, the Everson family, and a full recital for the 2021 Virtual International Trumpet Conference. Last September , Everson has added conducting to his repertoire as the newly appointed musical director of the New England Brass Band, leading his comeback after an 18-month COVID hiatus.

Peter Everson is a freelance musician from the Boston area and frequently tours across the country with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass. Peter graduated from Boston University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in trumpet performance, studying with his father, Terry Everson. He has performed at Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and Mechanics Hall. During the summers, Peter performed with the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra and the Masterworks Festival in Spartanburg, SC, and worked as an assistant trumpeter at Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Peter was featured in his father’s solo recital as part of the 2021 International Trumpet Guild Virtual Conference. He is currently employed at SE Shires Company, a brass maker based in Holliston, Mass., working in management orders, administration and sales. Additionally, Peter is very involved in music ministry at Metro Church in Marlboro, Mass., singing, playing bass guitar, and writing worship music.

Colin Welford was a researcher in organ at the University of Oxford and a researcher in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in London. He earned graduate degrees from the University of Miami in orchestral conducting and from Columbia College Chicago in film music composition. As conductor, guest conductor and assistant conductor, Welford has performed with the English National Ballet, Royal Ballet, Opera North, English National Opera (assistant), New World Symphony (guest ) and Florida Grand Opera, and as a conductor for three years. at the New World School of the Arts. As music supervisor and musical director, Welford has served as head of “The Lion King” (music supervisor, 13 productions worldwide); “The Who’s Tommy” (music supervisor, 13 productions worldwide); “Billy Elliot” (music supervisor, five productions worldwide); “Wicked” (four years as musical director in a Chicago-based company); “Hamilton” (three years as musical director in a company based in Chicago); and The MUNY in St Louis (music director, “Billy Elliott”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Annie”). As a pianist, Welford was the official accompanist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He has accompanied recitals for trumpeters Gil Johnson (The Philadelphia Orchestra) and Kevin Hartman (Milwaukee Symphony) and other prestigious violin and vocal recitals at the Barbican, Purcell Room and in the United States at the White House.

The Last Gig February 20 will feature Washington Island native, virtuoso and recipient of the 2019 Peninsula Music Festival George Verheyden Memorial College Scholarship.

On the program, works by Price, Schuman, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Debussy.

Jonathan Bass is currently a student at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was recently named the winner of the concerto competition. A recipient of the Margaret Gary Daniels Keyboard Performance Award, Bass holds an accompaniment scholarship from Lawrence University and is active as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Bass is also a graduate of the Interlochen Academy of Arts. A winner of the Wisconsin MTNA competition, Bass is an alumnus of numerous summer music programs, including Birch Creek, Rocky Ridge, and the Decoda Chamber Music Festival, for which he received a full scholarship. Bass made his orchestral debut in 2019, performing the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra. Bass began his musical education on Washington Island when he was 3 years old.


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