City Pastimes and Country Pleasures
Dr. Sally Singer Tuttle, John Jamison and Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey
Through lute, voice and cello, popular music from the time of Shakespeare and onward will be presented. Songs, dances, ballad tunes, variations and fantasias are sure to delight the ear and evoke a time now remembered mainly through The Bard's dramas. This concert features Dr. Sally Singer Tuttle, Cello, John Jamison, Lute, and Soprano Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey. The Kirkman House warmly invites you to take the very special pleasure of hearing beautiful and energetic music in the intimate and acoustically delightful setting of our 19th-century formal parlor.
The performance is at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 22 and is $35 per person. Doors open at 6:45pm for socializing and locally sourced hors d’oeuvres and Goose Ridge cider and wine.
Sally Singer Tuttle
British cellist Sally Singer Tuttle has given numerous world premiere performances of solo and chamber works in Europe and throughout the United States and performed as a soloist with orchestras with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Russia, the Pleven Philharmonic, Bulgaria, the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, New York, the Danbury Symphony, Connecticut and the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, amongst others. Chamber performances highlights include the Tanglewood Music Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Alice Tully Hall, first prize in the John Ireland Chamber Music Competition, British National Television appearances, the Governor's Mansion, WA, the Vovka Ashkenazy Piano Trio, and collaborations with leading artists Ian Swensen, Nathaniel Rosen, Heasook Rhee, Steven Doane, Anthony Elliott and Rachel Barton Pine. Recent World premier performances include the works of composers Laura Kaminsky, Wayne Horvitz, Bern Herbolsheimer, Thomas Flaherty and Marilyn Shrude.
Sally is the Cellist and Artistic Director for the New York based organization Sankusem, which is dedicated to the exploration and performance of African Music written for classical instruments. Sally is a member of the Volta Piano Trio (formerly the Icicle Creek Piano Trio), who released two CDs highly acclaimed by Gramophone, The Strad, and Fanfare magazines, the American Record Guide and others, under the label Con Brio recordings. Recently, NPR broadcasted a live summer festival performance given by the Trio on the national show "Performance Today".
A passionate educator, Dr. Singer Tuttle recently joined the faculty at Whitman College, and also teaches a private studio in Leavenworth, her home. She has given masterclasses in America, the UK and Australia and has judged many young artist competitions and given chamber and orchestral clinics throughout the States. In her role as former Co-Artistic Director at the Icicle Creek Music Center, Sally co-directed the International Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Institute and the annual Youth Symphony Chamber programs and invited Midori, Mark O'Connor and the Tokyo String Quartet, amongst many others, to perform and to work with young artists from the NW region. Dr. Singer Tuttle plays a cello made in England by Samuel Bernard Fendt in 1835.
John Jamison is a regular contributor to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. He serves on the boards of the Walla Walla Symphony and the Walla Walla Piano Group, and has been involved with the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He has been playing the lute off and on (mostly off) since the 1970's. He studied with Paul O'Dette in Rochester, NY and served for a few years as president of the Lute Society of America, an international consortium of around 1000 players, as well as directing the Society's summer institute. His current performance schedule mainly revolves around accompanying Whitman College voice majors in their senior recitals.
Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey is a visiting assistant professor of choral music at Whitman College. Riikka holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the City College of City University of New York as well as Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Colorado.
Riikka, a native Finn, has toured Europe and South America with the internationally-acclaimed Finnish choir, Philomela. While in New York, she founded and conducted Las Sirenas, the women’s chamber choir, at the City College of New York. The group premiered works by American and Finnish composers. In the spring 2005 Las Sirenas premiered Riikka’s ten-movement composition Viel valkee aamu for female choir and percussion.
Riikka is an active conductor and vocal coach and is frequently invited as a soloist, adjudicator, and guest clinician for a number of schools and choral ensembles, both in Europe and within the United States. Fall 2013 she was teaching choirs and western classical voice at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. In the summer of 2016 she will taught workshops and master classes in Lahti, Finland. Her research interests include vocal pedagogy, gender identity, and the mirror neuron system. Her article “Monkey See, Monkey Do – The Choral Conductor and the Mirror Neuron System” was recently published in the Unites States in Choral Journal as well as in Australian National Choral Association’s national publication Sing Out!