Announcing our
"Seagate Sundays"
2004-2005 Concert Season

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".... a great opportunity to hear lovely chamber music ..... North County is lucky to have such an organization!" Jung-Ho Pak, conductor

"Carnegie Hall quality."
"...thank you for putting on this series - these concerts are the best thing going on in North County."

These are but a few of the unsolicited comments from enthusiastic audience members who recently attended a performance of "Seagate Sundays", the regular concert series presented by Seagate Concerts, Inc.

Seagate Concerts, Inc. proudly announces our 5th Anniversary 2003-2004 Concert Season.

"Seagate Sundays" is a series of six performances featuring some of San Diego County's premiere musicians and runs from October through March on select Sundays at 2:00. "Seagate Sundays" includes classical chamber music, jazz, and world music. Seagate Concerts brings it all to you.

"Because we feel quality music should be for everyone", states Artistic Director, Warren Gref, "we offer the finest talent at affordable prices. Our goal is to make each Seagate concert an intimate experience - the musicians discuss the pieces they perform; they share both the history and uniqueness of the music and the instruments they play. Our programs are filled with music that delights, inspires and challenges our audiences by experiencing classics and discovering new favorites. We offer programs for both the novice and the sophisticated listener, and we welcome families - children are definitely encouraged to attend."

Note from the Artistic Director: As an important "5th Anniversary" season, and in honor of the many fine musicians who have performed on our first four seasons, I've chosen to invite back several groups for an encore performance. Up until now, we've not repeated any concerts during our four-year history. But, as a special tribute during this 5th Anniversary Season, we are welcoming back six outstanding groups for our 2003-04 Seagate Sundays Concert Season at the Neurosciences Institute. I know you will thoroughly enjoy each of these performances.
Warren Gref

Quality Music at an Affordable Price

Artists, dates, and times subject to change.

2004-2005 Concerts

Check back for more details soon!

October 17, 2004 - Irish Music and Dance
with Wanda Law and Friends

November 14, 2004 - Millennia, Too
Music for oboe, bassoon, and harpsichord
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December 12, 2004 - Westwind Brass
Traditional brass music along with Holiday favorites
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January 16, 2005 - Mike Peed Jazz Ensemble
Original music by one of San Diego's most talented jazz artists

February 20, 2005 - Joe Dyke's Ragtime Ensemble
Go back in time to experience an American tradition

March 20, 2005 - Debussy Trio
Music for flute, viola, and harp

May 22-28 - Kaburaya
Taiko drumming ensemble


Artists, dates, and times subject to change.


Bios of the artists

Millennia Too! (November 14, 2004)
Susan Barrett, oboe/English horn
Alison J. Luedecke, organ/harpsichord
Millennia Too! is the small ensemble of Millennia Consort, one of the country's premiere organ plus ensembles. With Susan Barrett, oboe/English horn, and Alison J. Luedecke, organ/harpsichord, the ensemble presents an intimate chamber music offering. Millennia Too! performs music written specifically for this combination of instruments, including premieres of new works by the best contemporary American composers, in addition to transcriptions of music spanning the millennia. Programs are varied in timbre and color by the combinations of instruments and with the exploitation of the variety of sounds of the pipe organ. Susan and Alison have developed a musical rapport over a decade of performances together, creating a tight ensemble able to respond spontaneously to musical nuances. The ensemble is featured on “Transformations” a CD of 20th century music for organ and other instruments including works by Copland, Koetsier and others. This was recorded at St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego where Millennia Consort and Millennia Too! are in residence.
Susan Barrett, oboe and English horn, has performed extensively as a solo and chamber musician in the United States and Europe. She has recorded solo and chamber music for Radio France, Kol Israel Radio, and Yugoslavian Radio. Susan is principal oboe of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of San Dieguito, is a member of the Eolus Wind Quintet, and has played with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera Orchestra. During the summers of 1991-95, she was artistic director of MUSE, a chamber music series in La Jolla. Susan has toured the U.S. with guitarist Randy Pile. They have two compact discs: Songs of Forbidden Love and Forgotten Dances and Duo Cantilena. Susan has been on the faculties of Long Island University, UCSD, SDSU, USD and Point Loma Nazarene University.
Alison J. Luedecke, organ, is very active across the US as a solo concert organist and has played in Canada and Germany. As an ensemble musician she is harpsichordist with the San Diego Baroque Ensemble and the Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra and she frequently plays with other chamber ensembles. As a recording artist she has been heard numerous times on “Pipedreams”, a nationally syndicated show and is featured on five organ recordings, three with the Liturgical Organists Consortium, a group of Roman Catholic concert organists, published by World Library Publications. Her first solo disc features some of the earliest organs in the US and Canada built by Rudolph von Beckerath, available on the Raven label. Alison is editor of the series Consoliere Classics, a multi-volume organ music publication, published by WLP. She teaches privately and has worked for the church at cathedral, diocesan and parish levels. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Craighead. Dr. Luedecke is currently interim organist at First United Methodist, San Diego.

Westwind Brass (December 12, 2004)
Virtuosic ensemble performance, interesting music, unique stories, engaginginteraction with the audience, and lots of chuckles make two hours ofdelightful fun for Westwind Brass' audiences. Tuba player and artisticdirector Brent Dutton is warm, folksy, and in the style of GarrisonKeillor from his humorous quips to a spontaneity that keeps bothperformers and audience fully engaged.
Westwind Brass concerts are evenings of good music, audience involvement,filled with laughter, and some learning thrown in along the way.
There is little in the musical lexicon that they cannot tackle and performwell. Their uniqueness lies in their ability to perform at a high level theentire spectrum of brass music. Each concert offers a kaleidoscopic set ofstyles and composers . . . from rich Baroque sonorities of Handel and Bachto the music of other cultures to contemporary serious and pop music to thebluesy jazz of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. And no one stays seatedwhen That's A Plenty encores!
Westwind Brass has been acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times and others fortheir virtuosity, musical integrity and diverse programming.

"Tight ensemble. Precise unisons. Highly polished." (LOS ANGELES TIMES)
"Their intonation, dynamic control and musical integrity are matched only bytheir warm and convivial stage presence." (STOCKTON RECORDS)

The San Diego Ragtime Ensemble (February 20, 2005)
Experience an authentic American tradition
Featuring:
• Joe Dyke, cornet
• Jim George, clarinet
• Chris Vitus, violin
• Omar Firestone, cello
• Gunnar Biggs, bass
• Kerry Duse, piano

The San Diego Ragtime Ensemble began its existence as the San Diego Cinephonic Orchestra, an 11 member group organized to play authentic accompaniment to silent films. While most of the mood enhancing music was considered classical, some borrowed from the Ragtime genre of the time period. Requests from audiences to play more Ragtime prompted Joe Dyke to form a smaller ensemble dedicated to that style. Most of the arrangements are from the library of Elmer G. Ruth, Ragtime composer and orchestra leader in Aurora Illinois, others are from Richard Benjamin (Paragon Ragtime Orchestra) and Eric Beheim, the organizer of the Cinephonic. In addition to the authentic Ragtime arrangements, dance songs and popular songs of 1890- 1920, again all original arrangements, are included in the repertoire.
The group has performed at state-wide vintage dance conventions, for concerts, and at the Motion Picture Academy's Buster Keaton week. Written and performed during one of America's most patriotic, prolific in terms of invention, and musically experimental periods, Ragtime is the first musical form that America can call its own. It is upbeat, sometimes irreverent, not politically correct, but always fun.

Kaburaya Taiko Drumming Ensemble (May 22-28, 2005)
Seagate Concerts and Chamber Music Society of Temecula Valley present
Kaburaya - a Taiko drumming ensemble coming directly from Hiroshima, Japan
In performances of Taiko drumming, bamboo flute playing, and traditional dancing.

4 public performances:

Sunday, May 22, 2005 at 3:00 p.m.
Auditorium at Rancho Bernardo High School
13010 Paseo Lucido
San Diego, CA 92128
Tickets prices: $10-adults; $5-seniors/students
Children 5 years of age and younger - FREE
For tickets and additional information, pleasecall: 866-436-8744 (toll free)

Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.San Diego Museum of Art
James S. Copley Auditorium
1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, California
Ticket prices: $12 members; $15 nonmembers; $7.50 students
For tickets, please call: Ticketmaster
For additional information, please call: (619) 696-1966

Friday, May 27, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
Auditorium at the Neurosciences Institute
10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive
San Diego, California 92121
Ticket prices: $20-adults; $15-seniors/military; $10 children/students
Children 5 years of age and younger - FREE
For tickets and additional information, please call: 866-436-8744 (toll free)

Saturday, May 28th, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium at Great Oak High School
32555 Deer Hollow Way
Temecula, CA
Tickets prices: $10-adults; $5-seniors/students
Children 5 years of age and younger - FREE
For tickets and additional information, please call: 866-436-8744 (toll free)

Tickets will be available at the door, ormay be purchased in advance by calling 866-436-8744
For the San Diego Museum of Art performance, please call Ticketmaster

Taiko Kaburaya

Taiko Kaburaya was formed in Hiroshima city in 1997 by Yasuyuki Fujiware, the leader of the group, consisting of mostly Japanese Taiko drums and flutes, and has become one of the foremost Taiko ensembles in Japan.

Members are from various professional fields such as classical music, poetry, rock band, etc., and are always seeking new possibilities with Taiko drum playing.

The group has been playing concerts and teaching other Taiko groups throughout Japan. They released their first CD, " Kabuichi " in 1999.

They are coming directly from Hiroshima, Japan to Southern California, and will be presenting public performances on Sunday afternoon, May 22nd at 3:00 in the auditorium at Rancho Bernardo High School; the San Diego Museum of Art on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00; at the Auditorium of the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla on Friday, May 27th at 8:00; and in Temecula on Saturday, May 28th at the auditorium at Great Oak High School at 7:30 p.m.

The performances will be about an hour and a half with intermission. The ensemble will be playing Taiko drums, traditional bamboo flutes and some traditional dance. This certainly is a rare opportunity to experience this fascinating and very popular art form.

Kaburaya will also be presenting numerous assemblies during their week-long stay in the Temecula Valley at local schools. Some of the schools at which they will perform for area students include Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta Elementary, Bella Vista Middle School, Temecula Valley High School, Margarita Middle School, Vail Ranch Middle School, and Warm Springs Middle School.

Seagate Concerts

This will be the final series of concerts presented by Seagate Concerts, Inc. After 6 very successful seasons, Seagate Concerts will be closing their doors, but before shutting down, we wanted to go out with a bang - literally!! We are thrilled to be presenting these four public performances of Kaburaya which is coming to San Diego and Temecula directly from Japan just for this series of concerts.

Seagate Concerts has thoroughly enjoyed presenting some of San Diego's finest talent for San Diego audiences. We feel that each season has been tremendously successful from an artistic standpoint. Artistic Director, Warren Gref, states, "I think we have consistently produced excellent performances. There was not a single concert during our six seasons that was less than very good quality, and many were exceptional. Several of the performances over the years stand out to me as being among the finest concerts available anywhere in San Diego."

We are pleased to state that we leave with a balanced budget, owing no money, with no debt, and completely in the black. For a performing arts organization, that's quite an achievement.

"Often, the essential reason an arts organization shuts down is because of some terrible financial crisis," states Gref. "But for Seagate Concerts, that's not the case at all. I have loved all of our performances and it has been a tremendous pleasure and privilege to serve as Artistic Director and to present the variety and quality of performance which we have given over the past six seasons. But, nearly two years ago, my family and I moved to the Temecula Valley, and we instantly fell in love with that area and we want to immerse ourselves in the educational and cultural opportunities in that area. My family and I love being in the Temecula Valley, and I would like to be able to spend as much time as possible there. Also, with all of the activities I am involved in, I simply was finding that I need more time to properly devote to some new projects which are very exciting and are just on the horizon. There are some wonderful musical and educational opportunities developing in the Temecula/Murrieta area which I want to be able to focus and concentrate on to be able to help bring those things to fruition."

"It would be difficult to individually thank all of the people who have been involved with Seagate Concerts over the past several years, and to attempt to do so would be dangerous because I would fear inadvertently leaving someone's name out by mistake. But, I do want to thank all who have helped and who have been supportive of our efforts - especially the board of directors, the many donors and contributors, the volunteer ushers, and especially our audiences. I personally appreciate all that you have done to make our concerts a success, and I look forward to seeing you at other musical events."


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