PENINSULA — The 33rd annual Water Music Festival will be in “full swing” commencing Friday, Oct. 13, when Swing Fever comes to town. Featuring dynamic vocalist Denise Perrier and five superb instrumentalists, this concert at the Inn at Harbour Village will include favorite classic tunes of the Big Band Era. And then, Saturday and Sunday at Leadbetter Farms, classics for string quartet, flute and piano will be performed by “Music at the Mission Chamber Players” from the San Francisco Bay area. In keeping with the classics theme, the famous Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” will be featured.
For Swing Fever, the music is their passion. Rhythmic, romantic, torrid and witty, they are crazy for it. Tunes from the 1930s and ‘40s have inspired Swing Fever for decades. They learned from the originators of the genre, which gives their performances authenticity. They not only play the music, they talk about it too — colorful stories, historical anecdotes, biographical sketches that revive the spirit of the people who created the music and the era which gave it life. They are superbly experienced jazz players, and their very fine vocalist Denise Perrier has toured the world and is world-class!
The “Music at the Mission Chamber Players” are a small, elite group of musicians who perform with various ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area and come together several times a year to perform at Mission San Jose in Fremont. The series is known as Music at the Mission: Chamber Music Outside the Box and that is exactly what the group provides. Hailed for their outstanding musicianship as well as interesting programs, this group presents the classics with flair and style. Included in the ensemble are Aileen Chanco, Piano; Bill Everett, bass; Rhonda Bradetich, flute; Mathew Szemela, Violin; Chad Kaltinger Viola; and Michael Graham, Cello.
Tickets are available for this weekend of “classic” music at watermusicfestival.com. Since concerts at Leadbetter Farms have traditionally sold out, two performances are being offered this year, Saturday evening, Oct. 14, and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15. Guests may choose either an intimate evening concert or an afternoon setting with a view of the ocean and perhaps soaring eagles. The same artists will perform the same repertoire at both concerts. All three weekend concerts will include a cocktail hour before the concerts with light-bite appetizers, beverages, and a no-host wine bar.
The Water Music Society commenced a program in 2009 for Young Artists, which features a young local artist at the beginning of each concert. This year, Friday night’s Young Artists will be Christopher Lake on trumpet and Tristan Trudell on tenor sax, accompanied by Mr. Tom Trudell on piano, a high school teacher and local jazz pianist. Saturday night’s concert at Leadbetter Farms will feature Elle Personius on keyboard and vocals.
As always, it is a mission of the Water Music Society to support music programs and education in the local schools and thus a portion of all proceeds is given to various educational experiences in the local music departments.