2002 Water Music Festival set for quality entertainment

The Cypress String Quartet

OYSTERVILLE - This year's Water Music Festival is set to provide quality entertainment for all who attend.

Classical guitarist Steven Novacek will kick off the festival at the Oysterville Church for performances on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25, at 8 p.m. The cost of the concert is $15.

His playing has been described as "warm, lively and synchronous" by the New York Times. Novacek has appeared at numerous festivals and concert halls in North America and Europe. Currently, he directs the guitar and lute program at the University of Washington and the classical guitar department at Cornish College of the Arts.

Adding some "um-pa-pa" to the Water Music Festival will be The Astoria Tuba Quartet, which will appear on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Peninsula Church Center. This is a free concert.

The quartet has been featured at many northwest events and universities and playing for school children to promote the tuba is among their favorite performances. They will be offering a program of classical and popular pieces certain to gladden, astonish, and amuse any audience.

Performing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Hilltop Auditorium will be Helen Callus on viola, accompanied by Jeffrey Gilliam on piano. The cost of the concert is $5.

Callus, a celebrated virtuoso, has been praised for her performances in Europe and Russia and on national radio and television. Gilliam, who has performed throughout the Northwest as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with local orchestras will accompany Callus. Currently he directs the piano and piano accompanying programs at Western Washington University.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 the Cypress String Quartet will perform at the Hilltop Auditorium. The cost of the concert is $15.

This spirited ensemble will offer a program of classical and modern string quartets. They have participated in public seminars with Isaac Stern in San Francisco, the Amadeus Quartet in London and the Julliard Quartet in New York.

A post-concert reception will be held at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Rebecca Inn in Ilwaco. The cost is $10.

The festival will wind up on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Hilltop Auditorium with a performance by Scott Kirby. This is a free concert. Kirby has been called "one of the best interpreters of ragtime music on the scene today" by CBS News and an "ace pianist" by Time magazine.

Tickets are available at the door, however, seating is limited. For information and tickets, call 642-4829.

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