Jeanne Stark-Iochmans, pianist, returned home to Berkeley last week from Four Seasons Concert’s Yachats Music Festival in Oregon.
Stark traditionally opens the Festival (for 28 years). This year, before opening, she invoked a prayer, “I pray that the spirit of Dr. Hazaiah Williams (founder of the Festival) will be hovering ever near”. Stark performed several times at the four day event. Each time her performance was followed by shouts of bravo, as artists and audience rose to their feet.
The ambience of the coastal region took on new significance in the glow of Stark’s musical offerings. The Pacific Ocean, the extraordinary sunsets, the full moon reflecting on the ocean…all became more grand as Start revealed some of life’s mystery – exposing waves of beauty beyond description.
Photo and text by Barbara Fluhrer.