CLOVIS — If you missed their local concert earlier this summer, or if you loved it so much you want to hear more, now is your chance to spend some time listening to the beautiful sounds of Sierra Foothill Musicians.
On Sunday, Aug. 26, the Sierra Foothill Musicians will perform chamber music at 3 p.m. at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 1726 Pollasky Avenue, in Clovis.
After their June concert in Oakhurst, an audience member from Fresno liked the performance so much that she arranged for the musicians to repeat the concert in Clovis. There is no admission charge; donations will be accepted to cover costs.
Sponsored by the Sierra Foothill Composers’ Co-Operative and Vision Academy of the Arts, the program features the music of Scarlatti, Dvorak, Fauré, Schubert, Pierné, Kuri-Aldana, Elgar, and Barbara Ulman. Musicians are Clyde Lansing, clarinet; Sandy Schaefer, flute; Barbara Ulman and Phil Youngholm, piano; Kelvin Diaz Inoa, cello; and Tiffanie Trujillo, soprano.
A reception following the concert will give the audience an opportunity to speak with the performers.
About the musicians:
Kelvin Diaz Inoa attended the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico before moving to Fresno to study cello with Professor Thomas Loewenheim at CSUF. An active orchestral musician, Mr. Diaz Inoa has performed with orchestras such as the Sinfonieta Puertorriqueña at the Casals Festival, the Orquesta de Cámara de San Juan, and the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his performing career, Mr. Diaz Inoa is also establishing a teaching career, and has already taught for Música Sin Barreras in San Antonio, Texas, United Conservatory of Fresno, and the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. This summer he is playing in the Chamber Music Society of Ponce in Puerto Rico. He will open the concert with “El Canto de los Pájaros” – The Song of the Birds – with which Pablo Casals used to close all of his concerts.
Clyde Lansing is a retired firefighter and is currently enjoying playing in the Oakhurst Community Band and the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is a member of the Fresno Community Concert Band, the Russell S. Howland Clarinet Choir, and Central Valley Winds in Fresno.
Sandy Schaefer has had a lifelong love of performing music which began with piano lessons at age five. She has enjoyed playing flute for musical theatre productions and in many musical events in the mountain area. She currently plays with the Oakhurst Community Band.
Tiffanie Trujillo recently graduated from CSU Fresno, where she sang the title role in Carmen. She has sung other leading operatic roles at Fresno State and Fresno City College, and has won the Fresno Musical Club’s Young Singers Competition twice. She was one of thirty-five singers in the final rounds of New York Lyric Opera’s National Competition. She studied voice in Italy for a year, and has won a scholarship to study singing in Germany this summer. Tiffanie is now beginning a teaching and performing career in Southern California. tiffanietrujillo.com
Barbara Ulman earned a B.A. in psychology and related fields from Harvard/Radcliffe, while also studying piano chamber music at the nearby Longy School of Music. She completed a second B.A. in music theory and composition at CSU, Fresno. She plays chamber music and composes art songs and music for small ensembles and for chorus. Her CD, Music of the Senses, is for sale on amazon.com. YouTube has videos of many of her compositions. barbaraulman.com
Philip Youngholm holds a Bachelor’s degree in music history and theory from Dartmouth College, and a Master’s degree in library science from the University of Michigan. He was Music Librarian at Connecticut College (New London) from 1977 to 1985. Since then his career has been in library information technology. Every summer he plays the piano in the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop, an intensive program of sight-reading and performance.