MountainTop Strings ensemble will give benefit concert at Kimberly Crest – San Bernardino Sun

MountainTop Strings of California’s ChamberFest Italy 2022 ensemble will give a benefit concert June 11, 2022, at Kimberly Crest House and Gardens in Redlands. (Photo by Bob Perry)

A regional chamber music ensemble that will tour in Italy this summer will present a benefit concert 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, on the grounds of Kimberly Crest House and Gardens, 1325 Prospect Drive, Redlands.

The ensemble, part of Big Bear Lake-based MountainTop Strings of California, will perform classical music, pop and jazz at the event, according to a news release.

Admission is free, and complimentary wine, prosecco and Italian bites will be provided. Donations are welcome, and they will go toward financing the group’s ChamberFest Italy concert tour.

Sharon Rizzo, director of MountainTop Strings, will lead the ensemble, and the concert will feature three University of Redlands School of Music graduates — Ian Kaminski, Anthony Schnell and Sophia Huang. Also performing is professional vocalist Tori Waner, singing pop and jazz selections.

MountainTop Strings of California travels frequently to Italy with a select group of musicians and also performs locally in the mountains and beyond, providing performance opportunities for young musicians.

Members of MountainTop Strings’ ChamberFest Italy 2022 ensemble will perform this summer in Rome, Florence and Venice. The final performance on the tour will be an all-Vivaldi concert in Antonio Vivaldi’s church in Venice, according to the news release.

The MountainTop Strings of California, created in 2011, is a small ensemble of string musicians that was created for the purpose of educating youth to concertize locally and tour abroad.

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