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Monterey Symphony Announces Landmark Endowment Gift from Bertie Bialek Elliott

Bertie Bialek Elliott has served in many capacities with the Monterey Symphony and has been attending and supporting the organization for over 35 years.

Monterey, CA, September 25, 2018 – Bertie Bialek Elliott has served in many capacities with the Monterey Symphony and has been attending and supporting the organization for over 35 years. Before the opening of the 73rd season of the Symphony, Bertie made the decision to give $2.4M to the Symphony’s endowment fund, ensuring a vibrant and healthy financial future for the organization. These endowment funds will be used to support the artistic and administrative vision of the organization. In honor of Bertie’s tremendous generosity, the Symphony has named these funds the BERTIE BIALEK ELLIOTT ENDOWMENT.

This transformational gift, along with a bequest received earlier this year from the MARGARET ANDERSON RADUNICH TRUST, has bolstered the institution financially. “It’s difficult to put into words what this gift means to the Symphony,” said Executive Director Nicola Samra. “Bertie’s generosity has reframed the conversation about the Symphony’s longevity. This gift is so unbelievably thoughtful and generous, I am just so ecstatic about it.”

Lee Rosen, Board President, echoed the sentiment, “Bertie and I have known each other for over 30 years and her devotion to the performing arts in our community during that time has been unwavering. We are thrilled that her confidence in the future of the Monterey Symphony led to this gift which will enable the Symphony to maintain its superb orchestral concerts and nurture its youth concerts for years to come.”

Bertie was inspired to give the gift after multiple conversations with the leadership of the Symphony. “I am so delighted to be able to give this gift at this time,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be able to strengthen an organization that I have been a part of for so long.”

The Monterey Symphony, founded in 1947, serves the diverse communities of the Monterey Peninsula through a subscription series at Sunset Center in Carmel and a wide reaching youth education program, Music for the Schools. During the 2018-19 season the Symphony will return to Salinas with two youth concerts reaching nearly 3,000 students. Additionally, the Symphony will present six youth concerts at Sunset Center, reaching 4,500 students. Every 3rd grader in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School district participates in the Symphony’s program, as well as every 5th grader in the Salinas Union School District. The Symphony recently received an award for Outstanding Non-Profit from the Non-Profit Alliance of Monterey County.

The Monterey Symphony opens its 73rd season, Sound Waves, on October 20th, 2018 with the world premiere of a commissioned work by 22-year old composer, Alex Berko. The work was commissioned in partnership with the Big Sur Land Trust and Berko spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur. Also on the program is Franz Schubert’s 9th Symphony, “The Great.” Tickets are available by calling 831-646-8511 or online at montereysymphony.org.

For press inquiries, please contact:

Nicola Samra

Executive Director, Monterey Symphony

nsamra@montereysymphony.org

831-645-1131 (direct)

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Ellen London to Showcase Spring Summer 2019 Wearable Art collection at International Couture Runway DC Fashion Week on September 23

Ellen London to Showcase Spring Summer 2019 Wearable Art collection at International Couture Runway DC Fashion Week on September 23

Washington, D. C., 2018-Sep-24 — /REAL TIME PRESS RELEASE/ — With the introduction of her printemps/été 2019, Ellen London strives through her wearable art collection to emerge from the daily complex incongruities we experience and to rise from the ground with beauty and grace as does a flower – “de la sol une fleur doit grandir”.

Her collection challenges the audience to emerge with hope and possibilities from the shadowy confines of our internal and external walls, and to work towards inclusion rather than exclusion. Focusing on connection, understanding and respect, Ellen London translates these ideas through fabric art – utilizing vintage and new – textiles and techniques – from a myriad of global cultures and countries. Hand painted cities on palettes of silk, and designer felted pieces interpreting color and light are highlights of the collection.

The ellenlondon Studio SS2019 collection previews at the finale International Couture Runway at DC Fashion Week runway on September 23 2018.

Contact-Details:
Ellen London
info@ellenlondonstudio.com
www.ellenlondonstudio.com

Author, Letter-Writer and Mayor of Chualar Veni Releases Follow-Up Book to Popular Debut ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered’

The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Chular, CA, September 20, 2018 — The Mayor of Chualar, author and advice columnist Veni, has released the follow-up to her popular first book “Veni, Vidi, Vici: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered,” with the new “Born to Lead.”

Veni, a Pumi Hungarian herding breed now 6 years old, continues to recount her adventures in America with “Born to Lead,” including her stint in county jail, running for President of the United States, starting a “Dear Veni” advice service for dogs, suing her dad’s surgeon, and finally, getting voted mayor of the small community of Chualar, California, where she lives with her parents Pam and JJ Jackson.

Veni was elected mayor of Chualar on Jan. 14, 2017, which she called the “best day a doggie could ever have.” She quickly assembled a cabinet that included Johnnie Collieran as Attorney General, Tippy the terrier as chief of police, Princess was named cabinet advisor and chauffer, Harley, a Yorkie, was named secretary of defense, and Louie became secretary of agriculture.

“I like it better than the first book,” says Veni’s parent and ghostwriter Pam Jackson. “I like this story, it’s really a storybook. It’s a fun book.”

After a rough first year that Veni describes in “Veni, Vidi, Vici,” in which her housemates Levi, another Pumi, would tease her mercilessly, and Demi, a standard poodle, who hated her from the start, as well as getting used to a new home and new parents in a foreign land — rural Chualar — Veni has settled into her new life and then some. She’s become a star in her own right.

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” also features a collection of letters from Veni to her Aunt Aurora back home in Hungary as well as letters to and from admirers and pen pals, including a few “boyfriends.”

Veni also recently attained an achievement award from AKC in which she won titles in herding, tricks (in which she had to do 10 different tricks), and canine good citizen.

“We are very proud of her. Canine good citizen was difficult for her because she is shy, but she did it!” says Jackson.

Jackson has been a dog trainer for more than 30 years, which gives her unique insight into how Veni thinks and acts.

“I love dogs and I love people, I become their psychologists,” she says about her profession as a dog trainer. “I’ve met a lot of interesting people in my life working with dogs. I work with 12-15 dogs per week, I have a good reputation and lots of referrals. It’s fun.”

She has trained several thousand dogs, including two different dogs who starred in the productions of the play “Annie”, and her own standard poodle, Charley, who played “Charley” in John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charley.”

She and her husband adopted nine-week-old Veni on a trip to Venice Italy in 2012, thus the name Veni, short for Venice.

Born in Seattle and raised in Tule Lake, California, Jackson and her husband (who is from Klamath Falls, Oregon) have two grown sons in addition to the furry children. Her husband is a produce broker in Salinas and have lived in Chualar for 31 years.

One Amazon customer gave “Born to Lead” a 5-star review: “Very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book. This book is written from a dog’s point of view, a very nice book. If you enjoyed her first book, this one will not disappoint you.”

“Veni, Vidi, Vici” has received 4.5 out of five stars (80% five-star) in reviews on Amazon.com. Kirkus Reviews writes, “Veni is larger than life, and her voice makes for fun reading,” while a five-star review on Amazon says, “Such a fun book! I loved the part about her ‘mother’ being a dog trainer and had to hire a trainer for Veni. Veni is obviously very strong-willed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hope Veni will share more of her adventures in the future.”

Well, the future is now. “Born to Lead” is available in both hardcover and paperback, and “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is available in paperback only, all are autographed, on Jackson’s website, http://pamjacksondogtraining.com (it is also available on Amazon.com). And Veni and Jackson are already hard at work on a third book, which will be about her adventures as a private detective. Veni and her doggie friends travel all over the world solving problems.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.pamjacksondogtraining.com

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season, ‘Sound Waves,’ Opens Oct. 20-21, with Schubert Symphony and New Commissioned Work

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” opens Oct. 20-21, at the Sunset Center in Carmel, and features a new work from composer Alex Berko commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust.

Monterey, CA, September 16, 2018 — Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” opens Oct. 20-21, at the Sunset Center in Carmel, and features a new work from composer Alex Berko commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust.

The Symphony’s 73rd season opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great,” and Berko’s “Among Waves.” The concert will also be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 21, at Sunset Center.

Berko, an exceptional student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, drawing inspiration from the deep beauty of the landscape for inclusion in his new orchestral work. Glen Deven Ranch played a role in the first commission with the Big Sur Land Trust, resulting in “Big Sur, the Night Sun” by esteemed composer John Wineglass.

During the season, one hour prior to every performance there will be pre-concert lectures presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra.

The season continues Nov. 17-18, and ends May 18-19, 2019, with all concerts at the Sunset Center in Carmel. All concerts will be conducted by Symphony Music Director Max Bragado-Darman, except for concert number four, March 16-17, 2019, which will be guest conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. All concerts in the season will be held at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Sunset Center.

In addition, throughout each concert season, special events are held to benefit the nonprofit Monterey Symphony orchestra, and to provide educational and social opportunities for Symphony patrons. This season features a music course and a composer discussion, opening night party, luncheons with the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, Supper Clubs at the best local restaurants, and Gala by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on May 3, 2019.

The season’s second concert will be held Nov. 17-18, with Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at Juilliard, who joins the orchestra for Carl Nielsen’s “Flute Concerto,” composed in 1926 for the legendary flautist M. Holger-Gilbert Jespersen. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 — often referred to as the “Fate” symphony because of the dark undertones — headlines the second concert of the season. Written in the shadow of Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky echoes the great master’s melancholy in this hallmark orchestral work.

This concert will also feature members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra playing side-by-side on Hector Berlioz’s Overture, Le corsaire, Op. 21, which, like the Tchaikovsky symphony, was also composed during a period of great despair.

The season “Sound Waves” comes alive in the third concert Feb. 16-17, 2019, with four works all dedicated to the sea. Claude Debussy, the father of Impressionism in music, composed “La Mer” in the mold of a symphony, but eschewed the traditional title for one more authentic to the sound of the music. French composer Jacques Ibert, the director of French opera in Rome, wrote “Escales” — a suite for orchestra that perfectly resembles postcards from three Mediterranean ports — after finding his obsession with the sea.

This concert features “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a, by Benjamin Britten, England’s finest modern opera composer: composed in 1945, Grimes launched his career in the new post-war era. The gorgeous tone-poem “Oceanides, Op. 73,” by Jean Sibelius was inspired by the sea-nymphs referenced in Greek mythology: haunting and tempting.

Jung-Ho Pak guest conducts the fourth concert of the season March 16-17, 2019, with works by Tan Dun, Shostakovich, and Alan Hovhaness. Revolutionary experimental composer Tan Dun transposes the sounds of water — at play and at work — into the textures of his music, most literally in “Water Concerto” for water percussion and orchestra.

The symphonic poem “And God Created Great Whales” by Alan Hovhaness — commissioned in 1970 by the New York Philharmonic — features prerecorded humpback whale vocalizations, and was credited with early efforts to save whales from extinction. To celebrate the Soviet victory over Germany, Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to write Symphony No. 9, which, Leonard Bernstein described as a series of musical jokes (including purposeful mistakes)…completing a boisterous, 99.99% organic, and exciting concert program.

Three Romantic German composers are featured on the fifth concert of the season, April 13-14, 2019, opening with Mendelssohn’s concert overture “Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27,” inspired by Beethoven’s work of the same name; along with fellow Jewish composer Max Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, featuring solo artist Elmar Oliveira returning to play with the Monterey Symphony.

Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 120, originally his unpublished second symphony, underwent massive revisions in 1851 — five years before his death — proving his mastery over orchestration and increased expression in the final edition of this emotional Romantic symphony.

The sixth and final concert of the season, “Sound Waves,” May 18-19, 2019, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven! Richard Wagner composed many brilliant overtures throughout his many German operas, including the overture from “The Flying Dutchman,” featured as the opening work in the season finale. Chopin’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, follows, with magnificent Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal performing the popular work, composed before Chopin completed his formal education at age 20.

The season ends with one of the greatest compositions for the concert hall of all time: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op, 67. A favorite among experienced and new audiences, musicians and conductors, the fifth endeavor in the symphony genre struck a chord for Beethoven, as he discovered his true forte – it is the “Stairway to Heaven” of classical music.

The lineup of special events kicks off with a course that starts Sept. 18 (and the following four Tuesdays), with “The Music of Franz Schubert” with Dr. Todd Samra, at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay in Ryan Ranch, Monterey. The course examines the music of Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), and his process of composition.

For a complete list of special events, go to https://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events.htm.

To purchase tickets for individual concerts, go to www.montereysymphony.org.

About the Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, Union Bank, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season, ‘Sound Waves,’ Features Number of Special Events, Including Luncheons, Dinners, Talks and Seasons-End Benefit Gala

In addition to its six concerts, the Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, Sound Waves, includes a number of special events, including luncheons, dinners, lectures and an end-of-season gala at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey, CA, September 14, 2018 — In addition to its six concerts, the Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, Sound Waves, includes a number of special events, including luncheons, dinners, lectures and an end-of-season gala at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

This season features a music course and a composer discussion, an opening night party, luncheons with the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, Supper Clubs at the best local restaurants, and Gala by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on May 3, 2019.

The Symphony’s six-concert season opens Oct. 20-21 and ends May 18-19, 2019, with all concerts at the Sunset Center in Carmel. All concerts in the season will be held at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Sunset Center.

For a complete list of special events and to buy tickets, go to https://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events.htm.

The Symphony’s 73rd season special events:

Composer Discussion

With Alex Berko & John Wineglass

7 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Fourth Avenue and Guadalupe Street, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Enjoy a deep dive into the composer’s mind! 2016 Big Sur commission composer of Big Sur: The Night Sun and Emmy Award-winning composer, John Wineglass, is joined by Alex Berko, the 2018 Big Sur commission composer of “Among Waves.” Learn more about their different experiences writing music inspired by the rugged coastline of Big Sur. Cost: $25, limited seating.

October Luncheon

October 18, 2018 11:00 a.m.

Join the Symphony for a unique luncheon to be held at the stunning 860-acre Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur on October 18, 2018. The views from this pristine land provided inspiration to composer, Alex Berko for his latest work, “Among Waves,” commissioned in partnership with The Big Sur Land Trust. Cost: $50 per person.

10:45 a.m. – Meet at Shuttle

11:00 a.m. – Shuttle Departs

12:15 p.m. – Lunch Buffet

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

Shuttle Service to Glen Deven Ranch:

For your convenience and to minimize vehicle traffic in the Palo Colorado Community, round-trip shuttle service to the luncheon is required. Glen Deven Ranch is located 11 miles south of Carmel and accessed via Palo Colorado Canyon. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes each way. Individuals with special access and/or functionality needs, please contact The Monterey Symphony Box Office at 831-646-8511. For last-minute communication, please call the office at 831-646-8511.

Shuttle Service Location:

Park & Ride lot (between Rio Grill and Starbucks)

Crossroads Shopping Center, Rio Road at Highway 1, Carmel

RSVP required:

RSVP must be made by October 11, 2018, due to shuttle service and space limitations. No late reservations will be accepted.

Suggested Dress and Footwear:

Glen Deven Ranch offers wonderful natural landscapes so please wear footwear appropriate for walking outdoors on uneven surfaces and grassy paths. Clothing suitable for both warm and chilly temperatures is recommended as temperatures on the Big Sur Coast can change rapidly.

Red Carpet Opening Night Party

October 20, 2018 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Sunset Center – Upper Terrace

San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Stroll the red carpet in front of the Sunset Center. Enjoy libations from El Jefe tequila and Twisted Roots winery. Celebrate the opening of Sound Waves in style. Included with any Oct. 20, 2018 Saturday evening concert ticket.

October Supper Club

October 21, 2018 5:30 p.m.

SUR Restaurant at The Barnyard, Carmel

Join the Monterey Symphony at the Sunday Supper Club and Celebrate the Big Sur Commission by Alex Berko with the Big Sur Land Trust at Billy Quon’s Sur Restaurant at the Barnyard.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

November Luncheon

November 15, 2018 11:30 a.m.

Beach House at Lovers Point, Pacific Grove

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person.

11:30 a.m. – Check-in/No Host Cocktails

11:45 a.m. – Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

November Supper Club

November 18, 2018 5:30 p.m.

Il Fornaio, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony at a delightful Italian Supper Club for the beginning of the holiday season, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

February Luncheon

February 14, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Schooner’s Coastal Kitchen & Bar, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

February Supper Club

February 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Location TBA

Join the Monterey Symphony at the Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

March Luncheon

March 14, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Location: TBA

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

March Supper Club

March 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Anton & Michel, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a gourmet dinner overlooking the Court of the Fountains at Anton & Michel at Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

April Luncheon

April 11, 2019 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Ballroom

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

April Supper Club

April 14, 2019 5:30 p.m.

PortaBella, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a spring party in the dining room of PortaBella, “The Quintessential Carmel Restaurant,” at this Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

Gala By The Bay

May 3, 2019 6:00-10 p.m.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Monterey Symphony in a celebration of the Open Ocean at the Monterey Aquarium Friday, May 3, 2019. Enjoy a strolling dinner, delicious wines and private access to the Aquarium’s Open Ocean exhibit. Silent and live auctions, musical moments and ocean-themed surprises await. All proceeds benefit the Monterey Symphony. Tickets: $250.

May Luncheon

May 16, 2019 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Beach House, 3000 Club Road, Pebble Beach

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person.

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

About the Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, Union Bank, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Big Sur Foragers Festival Dates Announced: January 17-20, 2019

Foragers Festival Fungus Face Off to be Held at Big Sur River Inn Saturday, January 19, 2019

Big Sur, CA, September 12, 2018 – The historic Big Sur River Inn serves as the host and backdrop of one of the Big Sur Foragers Festival’s most popular events, the “Fungus Face-Off,” set for Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

The Face-Off at the River Inn, set under the oaks overlooking the Big Sur River, features celebrated local chefs competing for the best foraged dish, and will include food tastings, fine wines, craft beers, raffles, a silent auction and more.

This event sells out early, and tickets will be on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-sur-foragers-festival-2019-tickets-47639320490

The River Inn has a significant presence in Big Sur history and lore. The inn’s history goes back to 1888, when Jay Pheneger acquired a 160-acre parcel from the federal government and gave his name to the creek that bounds the River Inn on the south.

Homesteaders Barbara and Michael Pfeiffer bought the property, and in 1926, Michael, and Barbra’s son John took over the land on which the Big Sur River Inn now stands. The inn was opened in 1934 by his daughter Ellen Brown. She opened her living and dining rooms to the public and began serving hot apple pie, which is still served today and gave the place its first name, Apple Pie Inn. Lodging units were built and Big Sur’s first resort was established.

In 1943, Ellen’s sister, Esther Pfeiffer Ewoldson and her husband, Hans, took over the operation. Esther replaced her mother as Big Sur Postmaster and the Post Office was moved to the River Inn, situated where the front office of the motel is now.

With a lot of help, Hans built the General Store and lodging units 10 through 15. He rebuilt the dining room and “fixed it up fancy.”

The Pfeiffer and the Ewoldson families started a tradition at the Big Sur River Inn of fine food, excellent service, and warm hospitality. In 1988, the Perlmutter family, along with a small group of close friends, formed a partnership to carry on that tradition.

This year, the Big Sur River Inn extends its tradition of hospitality to host the Big Sur Foragers Festival.

The Foragers Festival has traditionally served as a fundraiser for the Big Sur Health Center. The community’s non-profit health center will receive the proceeds from the foraging events to continue to support the presence of local health care services in the Big Sur area.

The four-day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs, who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region’s amazing selection of wine and beer.

In addition to the Fungus Face-Off, events will include:

>A Thursday Night Fundraiser at Lugano’s Swiss Bistro. Details to come.

>Friday night winemaker’s dinners as locations around Monterey County include Il Grillo in Carmel-by-the-Sea

>Saturday Foraging walk led by local experts. “Wild Mushroom Walks and Talk” led by Steve Copeland of Big Sur Guides and his team of expert mushroom foragers.

>Sunday we are finalizing several brunch fundraisers around Monterey County.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon. For event details and venue information, visit www.bigsurforagersfestival.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.bigsurforagersfestival.org

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season, ‘Sound Waves,’ Features Number of Special Events, Including Luncheons, Dinners, Talks and Seasons-End Benefit Gala

In addition to its six concerts, the Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, Sound Waves, includes a number of special events, including luncheons, dinners, lectures and an end-of-season gala at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Monterey, CA., September 11, 2018 — In addition to its six concerts, the Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, Sound Waves, includes a number of special events, including luncheons, dinners, lectures and an end-of-season gala at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

This season features a music course and a composer discussion, an opening night party, luncheons with the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, Supper Clubs at the best local restaurants, and Gala by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on May 3, 2019.

The Symphony’s six-concert season opens Oct. 20-21 and ends May 18-19, 2019, with all concerts at the Sunset Center in Carmel. All concerts in the season will be held at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Sunset Center.

For a complete list of special events and to buy tickets, go to https://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events.htm.

The Symphony’s 73rd season special events:

Composer Discussion

With Alex Berko & John Wineglass

7 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Carl Cherry Center for the Arts

Fourth Avenue and Guadalupe Street, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Enjoy a deep dive into the composer’s mind! 2016 Big Sur commission composer of Big Sur: The Night Sun and Emmy Award-winning composer, John Wineglass, is joined by Alex Berko, the 2018 Big Sur commission composer of “Among Waves.” Learn more about their different experiences writing music inspired by the rugged coastline of Big Sur. Cost: $25, limited seating.

October Luncheon

October 18, 2018 11:00 a.m.

Join the Symphony for a unique luncheon to be held at the stunning 860-acre Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur on October 18, 2018. The views from this pristine land provided inspiration to composer, Alex Berko for his latest work, “Among Waves,” commissioned in partnership with The Big Sur Land Trust. Cost: $50 per person.

10:45 a.m. – Meet at Shuttle

11:00 a.m. – Shuttle Departs

12:15 p.m. – Lunch Buffet

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

Shuttle Service to Glen Deven Ranch:

For your convenience and to minimize vehicle traffic in the Palo Colorado Community, round-trip shuttle service to the luncheon is required. Glen Deven Ranch is located 11 miles south of Carmel and accessed via Palo Colorado Canyon. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes each way. Individuals with special access and/or functionality needs, please contact The Monterey Symphony Box Office at 831-646-8511. For last-minute communication, please call the office at 831-646-8511.

Shuttle Service Location:

Park & Ride lot (between Rio Grill and Starbucks)

Crossroads Shopping Center, Rio Road at Highway 1, Carmel

RSVP required:

RSVP must be made by October 11, 2018, due to shuttle service and space limitations. No late reservations will be accepted.

Suggested Dress and Footwear:

Glen Deven Ranch offers wonderful natural landscapes so please wear footwear appropriate for walking outdoors on uneven surfaces and grassy paths. Clothing suitable for both warm and chilly temperatures is recommended as temperatures on the Big Sur Coast can change rapidly.

Red Carpet Opening Night Party

October 20, 2018 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Sunset Center – Upper Terrace

San Carlos Street at Ninth Avenue, Carmel-By-The-Sea

Stroll the red carpet in front of the Sunset Center. Enjoy libations from El Jefe tequila and Twisted Roots winery. Celebrate the opening of Sound Waves in style. Included with any Oct. 20, 2018 Saturday evening concert ticket.

October Supper Club

October 21, 2018 5:30 p.m.

SUR Restaurant at The Barnyard, Carmel

Join the Monterey Symphony at the Sunday Supper Club and Celebrate the Big Sur Commission by Alex Berko with the Big Sur Land Trust at Billy Quon’s Sur Restaurant at the Barnyard.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

November Luncheon

November 15, 2018 11:30 a.m.

Beach House at Lovers Point, Pacific Grove

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person.

11:30 a.m. – Check-in/No Host Cocktails

11:45 a.m. – Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

November Supper Club

November 18, 2018 5:30 p.m.

Il Fornaio, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony at a delightful Italian Supper Club for the beginning of the holiday season, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

February Luncheon

February 14, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Schooner’s Coastal Kitchen & Bar, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

February Supper Club

February 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Location TBA

Join the Monterey Symphony at the Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

March Luncheon

March 14, 2019 11:30 a.m.

Location: TBA

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

March Supper Club

March 17, 2019 5:30 p.m.

Anton & Michel, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a gourmet dinner overlooking the Court of the Fountains at Anton & Michel at Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

April Luncheon

April 11, 2019 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Ballroom

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

April Supper Club

April 14, 2019 5:30 p.m.

PortaBella, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Join the Monterey Symphony for a spring party in the dining room of PortaBella, “The Quintessential Carmel Restaurant,” at this Sunday Supper Club, ending each Symphony weekend with a sizzling and sumptuous supper for the senses.

The Supper Clubs are on sale now for $70 per person. Supper Clubs include appetizers and wine upon arrival followed by a gourmet three-course dinner with several entrees to chose from. The Supper Club price will be $75 after October 7, 2018.

Gala By The Bay

May 3, 2019 6:00-10 p.m.

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Monterey

Join the Monterey Symphony in a celebration of the Open Ocean at the Monterey Aquarium Friday, May 3, 2019. Enjoy a strolling dinner, delicious wines and private access to the Aquarium’s Open Ocean exhibit. Silent and live auctions, musical moments and ocean-themed surprises await. All proceeds benefit the Monterey Symphony. Tickets: $250.

May Luncheon

May 16, 2019 11:30 a.m.

MPCC Beach House, 3000 Club Road, Pebble Beach

Join the Friends of the Monterey Symphony for a preview luncheon. Support classical music, enjoy great food and company, and engage with guest artists from the upcoming concert. Cost: $50 per person.

11:30 a.m. – No Host Cocktails

12:15 p.m. – Luncheon

1:15 p.m. – Guest Speaker Presentation

About the Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, Union Bank, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

Amateur Castle-builders Invited to compete in 58th Annual Great Sandcastle Competition 2018 on Carmel Beach Sept. 8

Anyone who has built or dreamed of building a sand castle is invited to Carmel Beach on Sept. 8, to compete in the 58th annual Great Sandcastle Competition.

Carmel, CA, September 9, 2018 — Anyone who has built or dreamed of building a sand castle is invited to Carmel Beach on Sept. 8, to compete in the 58th annual Great Sandcastle Competition.

The contest will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Carmel Beach and 10th Avenue, with the theme “Rooms in the Dunes.”

The event is free and open to the public and is held rain or shine. It is sponsored by the city of Carmel and the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The contest is open to all participants and all ages, with no admission fee to compete or to view. Skill level is not important — judging takes place in many categories. Artistic expression is encouraged, however, in a family-friendly fashion.

The only rules are that no machinery or power tools can be used, contestants must stay within contest boundaries and the only decorations allowed are those that can be found on the beach.

Judges will include members of the AIA, plus local celebrities and dignitaries. Contestants are urged to “bribe” judges with non-monetary offers, such as cookies, beer and wine, and food.

The best “sand castle” wins the coveted Golden Shovel Award, with other awards including the Sour Grapes award and Best Traditional Sand Castle. Every participant in the contest goes home with a plaque commemorating their handiwork. Following the theme is not required.

About The American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects has been advancing the value of architects and architecture for more than 150 years through AIA member resources and as the collective voice of the profession. Benefits that enhance the professional and competitive position of AIA members and the profession of architecture, and links to additional information regarding advocacy, sponsorship, or membership, can be found at the host chapter website: www.aiamontereybay.org

The AIA Monterey Bay informs its members and the public about the activities and programs of this chapter, as well as issues affecting the architecture and practice of architecture in the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz.

Contact:

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Community Services Dept.

(831) 620-2020

ci.carmel.ca.us

American Institute of Architects Monterey Bay

aiamontereybay.org

aiamb@sbcglobal.net

831-372-6527

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.aiamontereybay.org

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-2019 Season, ‘Sound Waves,’ Opens Oct. 20-21, with Schubert Symphony and New Commissioned Work

Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” opens Oct. 20-21, at the Sunset Center in Carmel, and features a new work from composer Alex Berko commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust.

Monterey, CA, August 30, 2018 — Monterey Symphony’s 2018-19 Season, “Sound Waves,” opens Oct. 20-21, at the Sunset Center in Carmel, and features a new work from composer Alex Berko commissioned in collaboration with the Big Sur Land Trust.

The Symphony’s 73rd season opens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great,” and Berko’s “Among Waves.” The concert will also be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 21, at Sunset Center.

Berko, an exceptional student at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, spent a week in residence at the Glen Deven Ranch in Big Sur, drawing inspiration from the deep beauty of the landscape for inclusion in his new orchestral work. Glen Deven Ranch played a role in the first commission with the Big Sur Land Trust, resulting in “Big Sur, the Night Sun” by esteemed composer John Wineglass.

During the season, one hour prior to every performance there will be pre-concert lectures presented by musicologist Dr. Todd Samra.

The season continues Nov. 17-18, and ends May 18-19, 2019, with all concerts at the Sunset Center in Carmel. All concerts will be conducted by Symphony Music Director Max Bragado-Darman, except for concert number four, March 16-17, 2019, which will be guest conducted by Jung-Ho Pak. All concerts in the season will be held at 8 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Sunset Center.

In addition, throughout each concert season, special events are held to benefit the nonprofit Monterey Symphony orchestra, and to provide educational and social opportunities for Symphony patrons. This season features a music course and a composer discussion, opening night party, luncheons with the Friends of the Monterey Symphony, Supper Clubs at the best local restaurants, and Gala by the Bay at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on May 3, 2019.

The season’s second concert will be held Nov. 17-18, with Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at Juilliard, who joins the orchestra for Carl Nielsen’s “Flute Concerto,” composed in 1926 for the legendary flautist M. Holger-Gilbert Jespersen. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 — often referred to as the “Fate” symphony because of the dark undertones — headlines the second concert of the season. Written in the shadow of Beethoven’s masterful Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky echoes the great master’s melancholy in this hallmark orchestral work.

This concert will also feature members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra playing side-by-side on Hector Berlioz’s Overture, Le corsaire, Op. 21, which, like the Tchaikovsky symphony, was also composed during a period of great despair.

The season “Sound Waves” comes alive in the third concert Feb. 16-17, 2019, with four works all dedicated to the sea. Claude Debussy, the father of Impressionism in music, composed “La Mer” in the mold of a symphony, but eschewed the traditional title for one more authentic to the sound of the music. French composer Jacques Ibert, the director of French opera in Rome, wrote “Escales” — a suite for orchestra that perfectly resembles postcards from three Mediterranean ports — after finding his obsession with the sea.

This concert features “Four Sea Interludes” from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a, by Benjamin Britten, England’s finest modern opera composer: composed in 1945, Grimes launched his career in the new post-war era. The gorgeous tone-poem “Oceanides, Op. 73,” by Jean Sibelius was inspired by the sea-nymphs referenced in Greek mythology: haunting and tempting.

Jung-Ho Pak guest conducts the fourth concert of the season March 16-17, 2019, with works by Tan Dun, Shostakovich, and Alan Hovhaness. Revolutionary experimental composer Tan Dun transposes the sounds of water — at play and at work — into the textures of his music, most literally in “Water Concerto” for water percussion and orchestra.

The symphonic poem “And God Created Great Whales” by Alan Hovhaness — commissioned in 1970 by the New York Philharmonic — features prerecorded humpback whale vocalizations, and was credited with early efforts to save whales from extinction. To celebrate the Soviet victory over Germany, Dmitri Shostakovich was commissioned to write Symphony No. 9, which, Leonard Bernstein described as a series of musical jokes (including purposeful mistakes)…completing a boisterous, 99.99% organic, and exciting concert program.

Three Romantic German composers are featured on the fifth concert of the season, April 13-14, 2019, opening with Mendelssohn’s concert overture “Calm Seas and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27,” inspired by Beethoven’s work of the same name; along with fellow Jewish composer Max Bruch’s popular Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26, featuring solo artist Elmar Oliveira returning to play with the Monterey Symphony.

Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 120, originally his unpublished second symphony, underwent massive revisions in 1851 — five years before his death — proving his mastery over orchestration and increased expression in the final edition of this emotional Romantic symphony.

The sixth and final concert of the season, “Sound Waves,” May 18-19, 2019, will conclude in grand fashion with music by Wagner, Chopin, and Beethoven! Richard Wagner composed many brilliant overtures throughout his many German operas, including the overture from “The Flying Dutchman,” featured as the opening work in the season finale. Chopin’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 21, follows, with magnificent Cuban pianist Marcos Madrigal performing the popular work, composed before Chopin completed his formal education at age 20.

The season ends with one of the greatest compositions for the concert hall of all time: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Op, 67. A favorite among experienced and new audiences, musicians and conductors, the fifth endeavor in the symphony genre struck a chord for Beethoven, as he discovered his true forte – it is the “Stairway to Heaven” of classical music.

The lineup of special events kicks off with a course that starts Sept. 18 (and the following four Tuesdays), with “The Music of Franz Schubert” with Dr. Todd Samra, at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU Monterey Bay in Ryan Ranch, Monterey. The course examines the music of Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), and his process of composition.

For a complete list of special events, go to https://www.montereysymphony.org/special-events.htm.

To purchase tickets for individual concerts, go to www.montereysymphony.org.

About the Monterey Symphony

The mission of the Monterey Symphony is to engage, educate and excite our community through the performance and continual discovery of symphonic music.

The Monterey Symphony, under the artistic leadership of Music Director & Conductor Max Bragado-Darman, is the only fully professional, full-season orchestra serving the communities of the Monterey Bay, Salinas, Salinas Valley, Big Sur, and San Benito County. It provides double performances of a six-concert subscription series at Carmel’s Sunset Theater, as well as youth education programs that include in-class visits and culminate in full-orchestra concerts for school children.

The Monterey Symphony is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, supported through various generous individuals and through grants and corporate gifts from The Arts Council of Monterey County, The Berkshire Foundation, The Barnet Segal Charitable Trust, California Arts Council, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The Harden Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Music Performance Trust Fund, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, S.T.A.R. Foundation, The Robert and Virginia Stanton Endowment, Taylor Farms, Union Bank, The Yellow Brick Road Foundation and many others.

For additional information, please call 831-646-8511 or visit the website: www.montereysymphony.org.

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.montereysymphony.org

New Fine Jewelry Line From Designer/Entrepreneur Vivian Storms Features One-of-a-Kind Sculptural Artwork From Acclaimed Cold Glass Artist Jack Storms

Pre-Sale Starts August 1st with 5% of All Sales Benefitting Los Angeles Based Children’s Charity!

Valencia, CA, August 05, 2018 – CEO, Fine art publisher and gallery owner, marketing visionary, fashion designer and loving mother, Vivian Storms has clearly accomplished a great deal at just 31 years of age. Vivian’s latest venture adds the title of fine jewelry designer to her already impressive resumé as the founder of Viv Storms Fine Jewelry.

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry will launch its new line of exceptional jewelry, fashioned from one-of-a-kind, original cold-glass artwork produced by her former husband and business associate, artist Jack Storms, on Aug. 1.

The pre-sale, which launches Aug. 1 on vivstorms.com, totals 500 pieces available for order and counts five different designs for rings, necklaces, earrings and cufflinks all affordably priced at $600 and up. Furthermore, the website will include 360-degree videos of each jewelry piece available to allow customers to behold their beauty before purchasing.

All pre-ordered pieces will be shipped for delivery on Dec. 3, 2018 and those participating will receive a 25% discount on orders placed between Aug. 1-31 (while supplies last). The ability to shop now and pay later will also be available on purchases over $199 as customers will have up to 6 months to pay for their items.

Viv Storms Fine Jewelry will donate 5% of all proceeds from the pre-sale to a Greater Los Angeles children’s charity. In addition, as a way of thanking clients for supporting the pre-sale, a $15,000 sculpture from Jack Storms’ personal collection will be given away. All participating in the pre-sale between Aug. 1-31 will be eligible to enter the giveaway for which details will be provided following checkout. The winner will be announced Sept. 15.

Over the last decade, Jack Storms has become a dominant force in the landscape of cold-glass art. One look at any of Jack’s fine art pieces and it becomes obvious that there is a special force at work.

Vivian’s intense love for art and fashion along with her willingness for the mesmerizing work of one of the world’s greatest cold-glass artists to reach an even wider audience than ever before were the key inspirations behind her new venture into fine jewelry. Vivian believed that someday, the heavily involved process to produce the kaleidoscope cores that ignited Jack’s sculptures could be harnessed into smaller stones to imbue with radiance, the stunning jewelry pieces she envisioned.

“We have an amazing team of collaborators helping me take this crazy idea of a jewelry line based on fine art from thought-form to reality,” said Vivian about the process of creating the line.

After approximately two years of trial and error, the final product was finally achieved thanks to her love and unequalled passion and enthusiasm for creating and designing. Viv Storms Fine Jewelry is set to officially launch in Dec. 2018 as a formerly inconceivable notion becomes manifested reality with the creation of her fine jewelry collection. Outshine diamonds with jewelry from Viv Storms Fine Jewelry.

Video of Viv Storms Fine Jewelry https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cl019xo8qq7a29y/AAD2Ti8eUh_Mo2cNflFxhHU1a/vs_1x1_20sec.mp4?dl=0

Contact:

Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455

http://www.vivstorms.com/