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iPalpiti Festival Returns To Encinitas

The international music festival runs Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12,

Photo Courtesy: City of Encinitas
Photo Courtesy: City of Encinitas

From July 10-13, 2014 five young virtuoso musicians from other countries will present four concerts at the Encinitas Library, Thursday through Saturday, July 10-12, 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 13 at 2:00pm. 

The 3 week music festival starts in Encinitas with the soloists concerts, then, the full 30 member orchestra gathers and performs in Orange County, Los Angeles and concludes with a finale performance at Disney Hall. 

“Each musician is a foremost artist in their respective countries and has won a major international competition,” said Laura Schmieder, iPalpiti director.

iPalpiti Artists International was founded in 1997 by renowned violinists and music educators, Eduard and Laura Schmieder. iPalpiti [pronounced ‘ee-PAHL-pit-ee’] in Italian means “heartbeat.” The nonprofit discovers and promotes talented young professional artists from around the world. Each summer, 30 are selected to travel to Southern California for the festival where they perform in solo, ensemble and orchestral concerts. iPalpiti artists is often referred to as the “Musical Peace Corps.”

This is the 3rd year for the Encinitas concerts. 

“It was a remarkable experience for Eduard and myself, particularly seeing the pride among audience members after last year’s performances,” said Laura Schmieder. “They left the concert in awe, saying ‘We don’t have to go to La Jolla anymore. We have our own festival with such great international musicians here in Encinitas.’” 

 “The City is honored to bring these world-class musicians to Encinitas. To witness an iPalpiti Festival is to glimpse the future of classical music,” said Jim Gilliam, Arts Administrator for the city. 

The Encinitas concerts will feature Irakli Tsadaia, violinist from Georgia (former USSR), Catharina Chen, violinist from Norway, Midori Maruyama, violist from Japan, Jacob Shaw, cellist from the United Kingdom/Denmark, and Timothy Durkovic, pianist from Guatemala/USA. For complete biographies on the musicians, visit: iPalpiti.org.

“We select musicians for their talent corresponding with iPalpiti’s mission of peace and understanding through music. Talent comes first, then personality. The camaraderie is unprecedented. There is no competition whatsoever between musicians, there is a remarkable friendship and professional respect between all of them,” said Schmieder.

For example, Schmieder adds, Jacob Shaw, a cellist from the UK, “is the founder and director of the Musique de Chambre in southwest France, and he invites a number of iPalpiti members to perform at his festival. This is his 3rd season with iPalpiti artists, and it illustrates our mission: to create a cultural network among world-class musicians.” 

The soloists arrive on July 8 with dinner at Moonlight Beach. 

“We want them to enjoy their time in Encinitas and dinner on the beach is the perfect introduction,” said Gilliam.  

Rehearsals begin later that night; they present their first concert two days later. All rehearsals are scheduled at the Encinitas Library. 

iPalpiti’s Music Director Eduard Schmieder will mentor the musicians for their Encinitas concerts. 

“The opportunity to experience Downtown Encinitas for five days will be a blast for the soloists, while hearing them in concert will be a thrill for Encinitas audiences,” said Dody Crawford, Encinitas 101 executive director. 

The musicians will stay at the McNeill Guest House, one block south of the library, and eat in downtown restaurants.

Encinitas concert tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at encinitas.tix.com, by calling 800-595-4849, or at the door. For concert information, visit: encinitasca.gov/ipalpiti, or call: 760-633-2746. Attendees will enjoy a pre-concert reception on the patio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, hosted by downtown restaurants and local wineries. 

For info on the entire festival, visit: ipalpiti.org

The Encinitas Library is located at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024. 

The festival is funded in part by the City of Encinitas and Mizel Family Foundation Community Grant Program.                                                                            

CONCERT SCHEDULE

Virtuosi I: Folk Tunes Of Soloists’ Countries and Romantic Showpieces 
Thursday, July 10, 7:30pm. Encinitas Library. Tickets: $15

Sulkhan Tsintsadze: Mzkemsuri, Suliko, Satchiado from Six Minituares 
Camille Saent-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op 28 
Japanese Folk Song: Moon Over the Ruined Castle 
Georges Enescu: Concertshtück 
Ralph Vaughan Williams: English Folk-Songs 
Grazyna Bacewicz: Polish Caprice for solo cello 
Ole Bul:  Cantabile Doloroso e Rondo gioco 


Virtuosi II: The Classics, Beethoven, Schubert And Mozart 
Friday, July 11, 7:30pm. Encinitas Library. Tickets: $15 

Ludwig van Beethoven, "Eyeglasses" Duo for Viola and Cello 
Franz Schubert, String Trio No. 1 in B flat Major
W.A. Mozart, String Quartet No. 15 in D minor 
Fritz Kreisler, The Old Refrain 

Virtuosi Iii: The Russian Soul, Rachmaninoff And Shostakovich 
Saturday, July 12, 7:30pm. Encinitas Library. Tickets: $15 

Dmitri Shostakovich, 4 Preludes from Op. 34 
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Trio Élégiaque in G minor, No. 1 
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 


Virtuosi IV: Celebrating Strauss’ 150th, Wagner and Ravel 
Sunday, July 13, 2:00pm. Encinitas Library. Tickets: $15 

Richard Wagner, Wesendonck Lieder 
Maurice Ravel, Tsigane 
Richard Strauss, Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 13

iPalpiti Orchestra, Eduard Schmieder, Conductor 
Sunday, July 20, 2:00pm. Soka Performing Arts Center, Aliso Viejo. Tickets: $51 
(Includes luxury coach transportation from Encinitas City Hall) 

C.P.E. Bach, Intrada 
J.S. Bach, Intermezzo 
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Stabat Mater 
Disella Larúsdóttir, Soprano, Iceland 
Daniel Bubeck, Countertenor, USA 
Rodion Shchedrin, Carmen Suite (after George Bizet)

—City of Encinitas

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