WINE RECEPTION, SNEAK PEAK, and DISCUSSION
with Festival Artists
Céline Ricci and Jory Vinikour
Our artists will present a discussion on Baroque style and performance practice. Hear a sneak peak of the repertoire to be performed on Saturday accompanied by a local wine and cheese pairing.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: $25 per person
In Person: Blue Sage Gallery, 226 Grand Ave.
Phone: (970) 527-7243
Meet our Baroque Festival Artists
Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord
Jory Vinikour is recognized as one of the outstanding harpsichordists of his generation. A highly-diversified career takes him to the world’s most important festivals, concert halls, and opera houses as recitalist and concerto soloist, partner to many of today’s finest instrumental and vocal artists, coach, and conductor.
Born in Chicago, Jory Vinikour came to Paris on a Fulbright scholarship to study with Huguette Dreyfus and Kenneth Gilbert. First Prizes in the International Harpsichord Competitions of Warsaw (1993) and the Prague Spring Festival (1994) brought him to the public’s attention, and he has since appeared in festivals and concert series throughout much of the world.
A concerto soloist with a repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc to Nyman, he has performed as soloist with leading orchestras including Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic of Radio France, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Martin Haselböck, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Benjamin Levy, Fabio Luisi, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Gordan Nikolic, Constantine Orbelian, Victor Yampolsky, et al. He participated in a recording of Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Armin Jordan (Suisse Romande, 2005).
Céline Ricci, Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-Soprano Céline Ricci, born in Florence of Italian and French parents, studied in Paris and continued her post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Selected by renowned conductor William Christie for his academy, Le Jardin des Voix, she was named one of operas promising new talents in 2005 by Opernwelt. During the 2016-2017 season she joins West Edge Opera as Nero in Agrippina and returns to Akademie für Alte Musik for performances in Rome.
Recent performances Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas with Akademie für Alte Musik with performances in Berlin, Buenos Aires and Rome, concerts with Philharmonia Baroque at Lincoln Center and Tanglewood, with Ars Lyrica at the Berkeley Early Music Festival and in Houston, and with Romabarocca at Palazzo Braschi in Romeamong among other projects.
Ms. Ricci has an impressive discography that includes a number of audio recordings and two DVDs. She sang the role of Arbace in a recording of Terradellas’ Artaserse, which garnered a great deal of critical acclaim. In her character’s 8-minute aria, Opernwelt singled out her exciting performance as being a tour de force, and she was described as having faultless breath control, total security and perfect round tone. Her first solo CD, Cirque, soon followed by Le Bestiaire, were released on the Sono Luminus music label, with art direction by Ms. Ricci. Ms. Ricci is heard on the September 2015 Sono Luminus release, What Artemisia Heard, with El Mundo.
She has performed with many distinguished conductors including Nicolas McGegan, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Martin Haselbock, Martin Gester, Matthew Dirst, Attilio Cremonesi, among others. In addition, she has worked with choreographer Sasha Waltz and director Deborah Warner on a number of projects. Her touring has taken her to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Brussels, Israel, and Barcelona, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.
Céline is the Founder and Director of Ars Minerva, a performing arts non-profit organization based in San Francisco.