Violin professor Ann Miller is the concert mistress for St. John's Chamber Orchestra Festival

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Conservatory Faculty to Perform in St. John's Chamber Music Festival

Jan 10, 2013

12th Annual St. John's Chamber Orchestra Festival

January 13, 18 and 20

The annual St. John's Chamber Orchestra Festival, set in an historic downtown Stockton church, allows listeners to feel like they are in Europe in one of the great cathedrals, hearing the music of the masters. Co-founded by the late George Buckbee (Dean Emeritus of the Conservatory of Music) the festival continues to have strong ties to the Conservatory at Pacific.  Dr. Ann Miller, Assistant Professor of Violin, is the festival concert mistress, numerous faculty members play in the orchestra, and the music director and conductor is Lecturer Paul Kimball.  Also, Frank Wiens, Professor of Piano, will perform the Grieg Piano Concerto on Jan. 20.   

This year's 12th festival, under the baton of Music Director and Conductor Paul Kimball, takes place in St. John's Anglican Church, 316 N. El Dorado Street and features performances at 5 p.m., Sundays, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, and at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.

Jan. 13: Opening night highlights the chamber orchestra performing two blockbuster works, "An American in Paris" by George Gershwin and "The Pines of Rome" by Ottorino Respighi.

Jan. 18: The St. John's Pops Choir takes center stage with pianist Tom Coyon and fantastic solo voices and a full chorus offering time-honored medleys from Ragtime, Sound of Music and Dancing Queen. Highlight is the premiere of a new work, Les Miserables Medley from the movie of the same name just released in December.

Piano Professor Frank Wiens

Jan. 20: The grand finale is a veritable musical feast combining a classic Bach fugue with baroque trumpets, a profoundly romantic piece for strings and harp by Vaughan Williams and one of the most popular piano works ever written, the Grieg Piano Concerto performed by internationally acclaimed guest artist Frank Wiens.

Seating is unreserved. Ticket prices have remained the same the past 10 years -- just $20.  Save 33% by purchasing a three-concert series ticket for just $45. Information is available online at  Advance purchases through Pay Pal. Tickets may also be purchased at That's Show Biz and Mr. C's Music with remaining seats available at the door 30 minutes before each concert.

Information: Peter Ottesen, co-founder and business manager, 209.462.5237 or  Paul Kimball, music director and conductor, 209.598.8410.