West x Northwest New England Festival

June 9, 2023 at Ashfield Congregational Church: Concert at 7:00 p.m.
June 10, 2023 at Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen: Movement workshop (ages 5-10) 4:30, Concert at 6:00 p.m.
June 11, 2023 at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield: Wine tasting at 4:30 p.m., Concert at 6:30 p.m.

The WxNWNE Festival (previously the Heirloom Music Festival) is back! We’ve got some great string quartets based on Romany and Native American folk songs, as well as Negro spirituals lined up for you, along with a movement workshop for children, a wine tasting, and more. Each night will feature a different program of music and narrative, so come for one or come for all three!

Tickets available for purchase through the links below, or email us to reserve your tickets.

Email: conwayfinearts@gmail.com

Tickets for Friday: $20 / $10 students
Tickets for Saturday (with or without movement workshop): $20 / $10 students; $20 concert + workshop
Tickets for Sunday (with or without wine & cheese pairing): $25 / $15 students; $55 concert + wine & cheese pairing
2-night package (Sunday w/ wine & cheese + 1 other night): $65
All weekend pass : $80

We will never turn anyone away for lack of funds. If you would like to attend, but the price is a challenge, please reach out to us.

Featured artists:

Laura Zawarski is a New York-based actor and violinist known for her music-inspired approach to text. After studying violin with Michael Rosenbloom (CM Boston Ballet Orchestra; Boston Pops) and exploring baroque violin with Jane Starkman (Handel and Haydn Society; Boston University; Wellesley College), Laura paired her violin training with studies in jazz voice (Kris Adams and Kaoruko Pilkington, Berklee College) and acting training (Moscow Art Theater; London Academy of Music and Drama). Laura has appeared on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Classic.FM, Ellen DeGeneres’ “Ellentube,” and ABC World News Tonight with David Muir. 

Violinist Allyson Michal performs broadly in a variety of settings. She is a member of Portland Symphony Orchestra (ME), the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed extensively with many other ensembles of note. She’s toured internationally with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with whom she also performed at Lincoln Center in New York City and the Proms in London. Allyson enjoys performing with chamber ensembles, and has collaborated with her husband and others in chamber performances at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and other locations near her residence of Greenfield, Massachusetts. She completed her Bachelors of Music at Indiana University with Mauricio Fuks, and her Masters of Music at Northwestern (IL) with Gerardo Ribiero.

Violinist Kaila Graef has performed with a diverse range of groups, including Vermont’s Juno Orchestra, the Helen Sung Quartet, and the Springfield Symphony. Kaila was a founding member of the Wistaria String Quartet, with whom she frequently performed new music. In 2021 Kaila premiered the musical “Row” with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and she recently collaborated with jazz bassist Avery Sharpe in a series of concerts and an album titled “I Am My Neighbor’s Keeper.” Kaila holds a Bachelor’s degree from Peabody Conservatory, where she was a student of Shirley Givens. She completed her Master’s at UMass Amherst, where she was a member of the Graduate String Quartet and studied with Marylou Speaker Churchill. A dedicated teacher, Kaila teaches at her private studio in Amherst, MA

Violist Geoffrey Baker Archambeau is the artistic director of Conway Fine Arts. He led the premieres of the WxNW-New England Festival and the Opus Amadeus chamber orchestra in 2022, ‘Concerts in the Park’ in California during the pandemic, and ‘Music At Ethical,’ a series on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. Geoffrey collaborated with conductor Daniel Kujala and the Bryn Athyn Orchestra in Max Bruch’s Double Concerto. He has performed with the Philadelphia Ballet, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Reading Symphony, and the Graz opera festival in Austria. Geoffrey studied at the Peabody Conservatory, Yale University, Northern Illinois University, and the Eastman School with Joseph DePasquale, Jesse Levine, and the Tokyo and Vermeer quartets. In 2022, Geoffrey attended the Pierre Monteux School as a conductor, leading the Monteux Festival Orchestra in three concerts and studying 60 orchestral works over six weeks with Ludovic Morlot and Tiffany Lu.

Ignacy Gaydamovich is a celebrated cellist whose impressive career spans across continents. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras and captivated audiences with his international solo cello recitals. Gaydamovich’s chamber music performances have also been widely acclaimed, with appearances at prestigious venues. He has been a sought-after faculty member and has taught at institutions such as Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and Texas Christian University. Gaydamovich has also given guest masterclasses at various institutions. He has received several awards throughout his career, including the Grand Prix and Best Solo and Chamber Prizes at the Allegro-Vivo Festival in Horn, Austria, and the Third Prize at the K. Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, Poland. Gaydamovich holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT, and degrees from other institutions.

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