Institute offers string concerts Training: Daniel Heifetz, a violinist, brings his program for gifted string players to Annapolis, and plans about 17 performances and classes.

June 18, 1998|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When Heifetz comes to town, string players flock to him.

In this case, the Heifetz isn't the legendary Jascha, but his distant cousin Daniel.

Daniel Heifetz, a gifted violinist who has performed with many leading orchestras, has set up his Heifetz International Music Institute in Annapolis, with an office in Maryland Hall and a full program of events at St. John's College.

The Heifetz Institute brings together talented young string players from around the world for an intensive summer of concerts, studio lessons and master classes taught not only by musicians but by authorities in dance, opera, theater and public speaking.

Heifetz, a professor of violin at the University of Maryland, College Park calls it "total performer training."

For its first four years, the program was headquartered in Howard County. But Annapolis, with its location and high profile, seems a perfect fit for the endeavor, and the staff likes what it sees.

"Everything we've found here has been wonderful," says violist Sel Kardan, Heifetz's associate director. "The support we've been getting from St. John's and from our fellow arts organizations, especially the Annapolis Symphony, has been magnificent."

Thirty-eight students are in Annapolis for the institute's six-week course. Living at the Manresa complex on the north bank of the Severn River when not practicing or studying at St. John's, this international set of fiddlers, violists, cellists and their distinguished visitors are about to have an impact on local concert-goers. The Heifetz Institute will offer about 17 concerts and performance classes at assorted venues in the coming weeks.

Performance classes open to the public will be given at 7: 30 p.m. the next five Wednesdays at St. John's McDowell Hall. Admission is $5.

The visiting artists are Paul Katz, founding cellist of the recently disbanded Cleveland Quartet, on Wednesday; Metropolitan Opera soprano Carmen Balthrop, on July 1; James Petosa, artistic director of the Olney Theater, on July 8; Chrystelle Bond, master of baroque dance, on July 15 at Maryland Hall; and cellist Jeffrey Solow on July 22.

Heifetz Institute students will give Friday concerts at the Great Hall at 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow and 7: 30 p.m. July 3, 10 and 17. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.

The young artists will also perform during afternoons at Manresa on Saturday, June 27 and July 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Opening and closing gala concerts will be given at McDowell Hall on June 26 and July 26. You also can experience great music at the 49 West nightclub at 49 West St. on Monday evenings.

Information: 410-267-8096.

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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