PENINSULA — The 28th annual Water Music Festival concert series — themed “Music of the Masters” — combines superb artistry with a variety of styles on Oct. 12 through 14 in Ilwaco and Oysterville. Music-lovers will hear classical guitar at its finest, amazing vocal performances, a chamber trio of exceptional quality, and a jazz septet from California, complete with a powerful vocalist, entertaining aficionados of ‘30s and ‘40s swing music.

Friday evening, Oct. 12, the Miramont Trio opens the four-concert series at 7:30 p.m., at Hilltop Auditorium in Ilwaco. Soprano Janet Chvatal has produced many musicals, opera galas and open-air concerts and was featured in “The Fantastiks” and “Phantom of the Opera.” She has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center. Long-time partner, baritone Marc Gremm has extensive stage experience, featured in “Les Miserables,” “The Secret Garden,” “Carmen,” and “Ludwig,” among others.

Gremm has appeared in many concerts throughout Europe and America. Classical guitarist Scott Kritzer has presented concerts with Janet Chvatal since 1996 and the trio first performed in 2011 in the Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration for Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” castle) to a standing ovation. Tickets are $25, children (6-18) and active military personnel & families are admitted free. Tickets may be ordered via

or purchased at the door.

Saturday, October 13, at 1 p.m.,

famed classical guitarist Scott Kritzer appears as soloist at the Oysterville Church. Kritzer’s consummate commitment to technical excellence and sense of musicality has brought him decades of accolades from audiences and critics. His mesmerizing sound, wide range of repertoire, and warm personality make his concerts thrilling and memorable. Kritzer’s musical instructors included a guitarist trained by legendary guitarist Andre Segovia. Admission with season pass (available via or at $15, as available at the door. Seating is limited.

Saturday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m., “astonishing pianist” Alleen Chanco combines with Bill Everett, principal bassist of the Symphony Silicon Valley, and award-winning flutist Rhonda Bradetich to form the Goldenflute Chamber Trio. Chanco has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and the Philippines. Everett has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and San Jose Symphony and has appeared in many Bay area recitals with his wife, pianist Alleen Chanco. Flutist Rhonda Bradetich, who previously performed at Water Music Festivals, has been featured on PBS television and radio channels throughout the country. She has played with the San Francisco Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Honolulu Philharmonic, the Orquestra de Monterrey, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. She has also premiered several works by Northwest composers. Tickets are $25, free to students 6-18 and active military personnel and families.

Saturday, October 13, at 9:30 p.m., concert-goers can enjoy favorite beverages, savor tasty chocolate desserts and other light fare, and greet and visit with WMF artists at the Pelicano Restaurant, Port of Ilwaco. Tickets are $18 in advance and space is limited. Order online.

Sunday, October 14, at 2 p.m.,

the 28th WMF concert series concludes with a free event at Hilltop Auditorium at 2 p.m., featuring Swing Fever, a San Francisco septet playing music from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Swing Fever has toured with renowned jazz groups such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Terry Gibbs and Clark Terry.Their featured vocalist is contralto Denise Perrier, “the voice with a heart.” Perrier has performed throughout the world, singing standards, blues and Latin. Donations cheerfully accepted.

In addition to featured performers, the Water Music Festival Society showcases outstanding young talent from the area in the Young Artists Program, launched in 2009. Anja Patten will open the Saturday evening concert with the Goldenflute Chamber Trio and Brooke Flood with open the Sunday Swing Fever concert.

Along with the four concerts and artists reception, WMF will provide two educational outreach programs for peninsula schools. The Goldenflute Chamber Trio will appear at Hilltop Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 12, performing and offering instruction to Ilwaco Middle/Senior High School students. And Swing Fever will entertain the students on Monday morning, Oct. 15.

For more details about concerts and ticket-ordering, visit Tickets may be ordered online, purchased at the door (subject to availability) or purchased by mail (WMF, P. O. Box 524, Seaview, WA 98644-0524). No phone-ins, please. Season passes are $65 and include the Friday evening, Saturday evening and Saturday Oysterville concerts. Tickets ordered after Oct. 5 will be held at the door. All sales are final and nonrefundable.

The Water Music Festival Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable, accessible, high quality music to southwest Washington residents and visitors. WMF also provides educational outreach opportunities to area schools.

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