The 26th annual Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE) has five public free concerts in April, including four Recognition Concerts presenting the best award-winning performers from the festival and special guest artists, including a Metropolitan Opera tenor. All events are at at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2650 - 148th Avenue SE — across 148th from Bellevue College.
The 2011 season began a tradition of inviting former PAFE award winners and others who have had a connection to the festival over the years to perform at each Recognition Concert.
Although the main focus of each concert is the performances from the first place winners in each age group of the festival, the highlight is the special guest artist and their tribute to the festival and to the young performers.
Continuing that tradition, the PAFE Festival Recognition Concerts will each feature a special guest artist.
Recognition Concert #1 is April 21 at 2 p.m. and will feature violinist Arthur Zadinsky, a regular member of the Seattle Symphony who occasionally serves a concertmaster as well.
He and his wife, Pamela Zadinsky, are the parents of two former PAFE award winners: bassist Derek Zadinsky, who now plays with the Cleveland Orchestra, and violinist Karissa Zadinsky.
Recognition Concert #2 is April 21 at 5 p.m., and will feature mezzo soprano Regina Thomas, a former PAFE award winner and artistic director of Puget Sound Concert Opera.
On Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m., the guest artist for Recognition Concert #3 will be pianist Anastasia Solomatina, a former PAFE award winner.
Recognition Concert #4 is on April 22 at 5 p.m. and will feature Metropolitan Opera tenor Gabriel Gargari, also a former PAFE award winner. He has been working at the MET with such luminary performers as Martina Arroyo and Anthony Laciara.
There is no charge for admission to the concerts, but donations to PAFE and non-perishable food for the Food Bank are appreciated.
For more information, go to http://pafenorthwest.org.