Olympic Andrea Lawrence rucksack up for auction

Music Festival offers piece of 1952 history

A rucksack used by Andrea Lawrence during her historic performance at the 1952 Winter Olympics has found its way to an auction.

Along with a hand painted violin from Lady Jill Mueller, which is signed by Dave McCoy, the rucksack is part of the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival fundraising drive.

The drive, which accompanies the three-week music festival, also offers other auction items, including a Hollywood Bowl package as well as a weekend stay at a Southern California beachfront house.

In all, the festival organizers are set to auction two to three items per concert in a silent auction, including the violin on Aug. 2, the rucksack, also on Aug. 2,  a diamond necklace, a Yamatani “Ultimate Dinner for 4” and other items.  

All items were donated to Chamber Music Unbound. Proceeds go toward CMU’s year-round performance and education programs, including this year’s ongoing 2013 Mammoth Lakes Music Festival. 

Meanwhile, this week’s performance schedule looks like this:

Friday, July 19: “Enchanted.” The festival moves to the Tent Pavilion at the College with chamber orchestra favorites performed by festival faculty and students of the Sierra Academy of Music (SAM), side-by-side.  

Commencing the program is Respighi’s homage to the past, “Ancient Airs and Dances,” followed by the lullaby from Humperdinck’s famous opera, “Hansel and Gretel.” 

Solo violinist Corey Cerovsek concludes the first half as the soloist in Haydn’s “Concerto for Violin in G Major.”

Mendelssohn’s “String Symphony in C Major,” written when the composer was still a teen, ends the evening’s program.

Monday, July 22: “Con Pasión.” Hiker-Cellist Mark Votapek interrupts his Pacific Crest Trail hike to join the festival gang in Week Two of concerts.

Votapek leads off the program with the Felici Trio’s pianist, Steven Vanhauwaert, in the virtuosic showpiece for cello and piano, Chopin’s “Sonata in E Minor.”

Finishing the first half is a violin ensemble performing Latin dances, and the finale of the concert is a piano quintet by the Venezuelan-born composer Reynaldo Hahn.

Wednesday, July 24: “Americana.” The Felici Trio violinists Aimee Kreston, Lorenz Gamma, Lina Bahn, Emma Votapek and the Festival crew present entertaining chamber music written in, or inspired by, the USA.

Opening the program are a pair of violin and piano works, “Hexapoda” by Robert Russell Bennett and the “Gold Rush Songs” by Bruce Broughton, who will be in attendance and introduce his music.  

A violin/viola duet composed by festival artist Andrew Picken is followed by famous tunes by George Gershwin arranged for String Quartet.

The finale is Antonín Dvořák’s “String Quintet in E-Flat Major,” often called the “American Quintet,” as it was composed on U.S. soil during Dvořák’s stay in the “New World.”

Tickets ($25 adult, $20 senior, $10 student) are available at the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes, at the door at 6:45 on concert nights or at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org.