Ensemble VIII Begins Third Season with “Renaissance Splendor: Masterworks from German Lands”

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2013 – 2014 Season Tickets Now on Sale

Austin’s own Ensemble VIII is moving into its third season in the wake of remarkable critical success surrounding its concerts of the past two years. This amazing vocal group has been lauded for its “magnificent synergy” and has been identified as “a musical force that’s on its way to world-class status.” North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of this extraordinary vocal ensemble.

The 2013 – 2014 season will begin on Oct. 4 and 5, in Austin and Georgetown, Texas, with a program entitled Renaissance Splendor: Masterworks from German Lands. In addition to Hans Leo Hassler’s monumental setting of the Lord’s Prayer, Ensemble VIII will perform works by Heinrich Schütz, regarded as one of the most important composers of the 17th century, and Johann Hermann Schein, one of the first composers to incorporate Italian stylistic elements into German music. The season’s premier concert also will include exquisite polyphonic compositions of Leonhard Lechner and Heinrich Isaac.

The Friday, Oct. 4, concert will be at 7:30 in Austin’s St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel. On Saturday, Oct. 5, a matinee performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

This third season will continue with inspiring music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras in three additional concerts:

Lessons and Carols from King’s
December 17 in Austin, 7:30 p.m., and December 18 in Georgetown, 7 p.m.

European Masterworks for Men’s Voices
January 10 in Austin, 7:30 p.m., and January 11 in Georgetown, 3 p.m.

Love Songs from Italy
May 16 in Georgetown, 7 p.m., and May 17 in Austin, 7:30 p.m.

Season ticket prices range from $120 for regular seating to $160 for priority seating. To purchase season tickets and to learn more about Ensemble VIII, please visit the website. Tickets may also be purchased online for individual concerts.

All of the Austin concerts will be at St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel, located at 7601 Burnet Rd. The Georgetown concerts will be at First United Methodist Church, located at 410 East University Ave.

About Ensemble VIII
The mission of Ensemble VIII is to perform vocal works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras at the highest artistic level with a keen attention to scholarship and historically informed performance practices. The ensemble is based in Austin, Texas and is composed of highly trained early music performers from throughout the United States. For more information, visit the website. Ensemble VIII is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

About Dr. James Morrow, Artistic Director
James Morrow is director of choral activities at The University of Texas at Austin where he conducts the Chamber Singers and Choral Arts Society and directs the graduate program in choral conducting. He is founder and artistic director of the Bach Cantata Project at the Blanton Museum of Fine Arts and is also founder and artistic director of Ensemble VIII, a professional early music ensemble devoted to historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque vocal works.

 

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Brussels 2012 Gold Medal Winner Le Merle Saison Garners Even More Acclaim in 2013

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North Coast Brewing Le Merle Saison
Belgian Farmhouse Style Ale
From California’s North Coast by way of Flanders. One of the richest, deepest, most complex noses in all beerdom – a cliff-dive into smoke, brimstone and burning coke fires. You could thumb Roget’s Thesaurus to shreds looking for adjectives to describe the palate, which offer up estery sun-dried white fruit, subtle spice cake, sweet bubblegum, bitter arugula, pear tart…and so much more. Superb.”

August 2013 edition of The Tasting Panel Magazine
Review by David Gadd, Managing Editor

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North Coast Brewing Plays a Major Role in the 2013 Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

MJF-Next-Generation-Performers(w)The 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Founded in 1958 by legendary jazz alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons and Ralph Gleason, music critic, San Francisco Chronicle writer and founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, the MJF presents three days of concerts by some of the best jazz performers in the world. The MJF has the distinction of being the longest running jazz festival in the world.

North Coast Brewing, in its eighth season as the brewery partner to the Monterey Jazz Festival, is the current longest running sustaining partner. This year NCBC is presenting four special beers – Le Merle, PranQster, Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale - in tastings hosted by the MJF. As usual, Red Seal Ale, Brother Thelonious and Scrimshaw will be served through the Fairgrounds. The tastings are $5 per person. All proceeds go the MJF Education Programs.

NCBC’s Senior Vice President/Director of Sales Doug Moody and Northern California Sales Manager Josh Charlton will be at the tastings to talk about beer and answer questions. The tastings will be in the Festival’s Education Pavilion and are scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Claire-Daly-Quartet-in-Central-Park.(w)jpgThe Claire Daly Quartet will perform on Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 at the Night Club, one of the eight stages at the Festival. The concert, presented by NCBC, will be a performance of selections from Baritone Monk, a CD produced by Doug Moody and entirely underwritten by NCBC. The Quartet’s players – Claire Daly on baritone sax, Steve Hudson on piano, Mary Ann McSweeney on bass and Peter Grant on drums – swing their way through Thelonious Monk’s repertoire with “…the casual joy of a jam session.” Claire will be at the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening Beer Tastings to sign CDs and chat about her experiences as a jazz musician and making Baritone Monk.

This year’s Monterey Jazz Festival promises a great line up of artists and concerts, jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, NCBC beer and beer tastings, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else on the planet and North Coast Brewing is proud to be a part of this celebration of all things jazz!

Top photo: MJF Next Generation Scholarship Performers
Claire Daly Quartet photo by Marc Millman

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2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competitionin Washington, DC on September 15 & 16

Wayne-Shorter-byRobertAscroft(w)Washington, D.C. will be the world center of jazz when the prestigious 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition comes to town on September 15th and 16th. The Competition, established in 1987 and recognized for discovering the next generation of jazz masters, will feature fourteen of the world’s most outstanding young jazz saxophonists. They will perform before a panel of renowned jazz musicians including Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis and Wayne Shorter.

jimmyheath(w)The semifinals will be held on Sunday, September 16 from noon to 6:00 pm at the Smithsonian Institute’s Baird Auditorium inside the National Museum of American History. Each competitor will perform for 15 minutes. Three musicians will be selected by the panel of judges to participate in the competition finals at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 16. They will vie for prizes totaling more than $100,000 including a $25,000 first place scholarship and a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Music Group, a $15,000 second place scholarship and a $10,000 third place scholarship.

george_duke(w)An All-Star Gala Concert will follow the final competition. Some of the biggest names in jazz will perform, including Brian Blade, Kurt Elling, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis and Take 6, to name just a few. The Institute will present Wayne Shorter with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary, six-decade career as a saxophonist, educator and composer. There will be a special tribute to the late George Duke, a longtime friend and supporter of the Institute, who was scheduled to serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

307_Branford_Marsalis(w)Doug Moody, Senior Vice President/Director of Sales, and Deborah Moody, Social Media Manager, will attend all the competition events, representing North Coast Brewing Company, a Benefactor Sponsor of the Monk Institute. The arrangement between the Monk Institute and NCBC is a model for commerce meeting arts. For every case of Brother Thelonious sold, NCBC makes a financial contribution to the Institute. Over the last six years, NCBC has donated more than $500,000 to the Institute in support of jazz education.

Photos top to bottom: Wayne Shorter, Jimmy Heath, George Duke and Branford Marsalis

 

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North Coast Brewing Major Sponsor of Montclair Jazz Festival & Beer Garden Host on Saturday, August 17

christianmcbride(w)Is it just too good to be true? Jazz luminaries Christian McBride, bass, Kenny Barron, piano, and Anat Cohen, clarinet, are performing at the Montclair Jazz Festival, and, believe it or not, the festival is FREE. The idyllic 17 acre Nishuane Park in Montclair, New Jersey is the venue for the 4th annual Montclair Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 17 from 12 noon to 8:00 pm.

Jazz House Kids, a community-based arts organization inKenny-Barron(w) New Jersey with a mission to provide year round musical, educational and cultural programs to people of all ages from diverse backgrounds, produces the jazz festival.

AnatCohen(w)North Coast Brewing Company, in its continuing support and encouragement of jazz education, is one of the major sponsors of this festival.

Live in or near Montclair, New Jersey? Check it out!

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Why Pilsner is the Best Craft Beer of All Time: So Many Reasons to Love Pilsners

Published in The Daily Meal Jul 23, 2013
By John Verive of Beer of Tomorrow for Menuism Beer Blog

Scrimshaw-Pilsner-Pour(w)As craft beer gains popularity, tap lists grow longer, and beers become more creative and extreme, it sometimes seems that a craft beer fan can have too many options. It may be a wonderful problem to face, but if you’d rather not struggle deciding what beer to try there’s a simple solution. If you just want a satisfying and restorative beer, try a pilsner. The classic golden lager makes for an excellent start to a session, is great before a meal, and pilsners pair wonderfully with many foods. It’s an easy call; try one and see why the pilsner is considered by many brewers to be “the brewer’s beer.”

If you’re not yet a convert to the well-crafted and balanced pilsners, forget your preconceived notions about the style. Pilsner, or simply pils, is known for its delicate color, sparkling carbonation, bready malt body, and spicy and herbal hop character and aroma that is highlighted by a dry, crisp finish. The style was so popular after its invention in 19th-century Bohemia that it swept through Europe before it was taken across the Atlantic by brewers immigrating to America. The American pilsner started off like its continental counterpart: balanced, dry, and with an assertive hop aroma, but American breweries diminished the beer to appeal to a wider audience, and soon the American Pilsner developed into the bland, insipid beer that many people think of today.

Scrimshaw-Brand-Image(w)When first arriving at a bar, I’ll often skim the tap list for a craft pilsner instead of suffering through the analysis paralysis that an impressively long and varied beer list can induce. Once the aromatic pils is in hand, I can more carefully review the menu and tap list for perfect pairings while I enjoy the crisp, refreshing qualities that the pilsner is prized for. Starting off the night with a pilsner works well for a few reasons. It’s commonly recommended to begin a tasting session with a beer that is comparatively light in body and flavor. This allows you to experience the beer’s more subtle flavors before your palate becomes fatigued, and pilsners make excellent “warm-up beers.” The lager’s lively carbonation awakens your taste buds, and the delicate flavors of the signature pilsner malt and European hops are best enjoyed before your palate has been assaulted by massive double IPAs. Picking out these flavors from such a balanced and nuanced brew is a great way to prepare yourself for tasting other brews, and the clean, ester-free finish leaves your palate primed for another sip (or another pint).

 

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San Francisco’s Olympic Club Hosted a North Coast Brewing Co. Beer Dinner on June 28

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San Francisco’s historic Olympic Club, the oldest athletic club in the United States, was the site of a memorable North Coast Brewmaster Dinner on June 28. Chef Peter Harvey prepared a five-star menu that began at an informal reception in the club’s lavish Crystal Room with a charcuterie platter, oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, and wild mushroom quesadillas paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner and Red Seal Ale.

The dinner was served in the palm-accented formal dining room and started with a Brandade soufflé and a Pommery mustard reduction which was a great match with Pranqster Belgian-Style Golden Ale. A second course featured a grilled boneless quail with goat cheese polenta, grilled radicchio and aged Balsamico. The Le Merle Saison, which just won the Gold Medal at the Brussels Beer Fest, was a perfect pairing with its tropical fruit flavor note.

The entrée was a hearty braised lamb shank served with aioli and accompanied by a spring vegetable ratatouille. Brother Thelonious Belgian-Style Abbey Ale was a rich, malty complement to this entrée. Dessert was a chocolate assiette, including chocolate walnut terrine, white chocolate gelato and raw chocolate tastings. North Coast’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with its intense chocolate and coffee flavor profile was an obvious choice for this finale.

The Olympic Club’s signature “white glove” service added to the elegance of the evening and left 100 guests very happy, well-fed, and thirst-slaked.

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Daryl Makk’s Laughter is the Best Medicine, a Fundraiser for Gloriana Musical Theatre on Saturday, July 13, is sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company

Daryl Makk Tours From Alberta, Canada, accompanied by comedian James Uloth, and guitarist Michael Parlengas

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“I thought I was going to stop breathing several times from laughing so hard.” Nikki Schoeny, Freeport Resident  If laughter is the best medicine then take your medicine at Daryl Makk’s comedy show, Saturday, July 13, Eagles Hall Theatre, 210 N. Corry at Alder, Fort Bragg, 7:30 pm. Adult subject matter, over 18 is advised.

Daryl brings his unique brand of stand-up comedy to the Mendocino coast while on his “The Planet Tour.” A professional comedian and touring motorcyclist Daryl is a two-time survivor of accidents caused by drivers who “did not see the motorcycle.” So now he’s out to solve the invisibility of motorcycles – one joke at a time. Using a combination of story telling and set-up punch lines, James Uloth makes observations on everyday situations we can all relate to.  According to the Humboldt Journal, “James Uloth had the crowd laughing from the get go, with quick-witted punch lines and topical humor.” Guitarist Michael Parlengas opens and closes the comedy show.

$35 ticket includes appetizers and a one drink ticket with Bistro café seating and a silent auction. Advance tickets: Tangents, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, Gloriana.org, 964-7469, and at the door

Presented by Gloriana Musical Theatre and RevUp Creative Media
Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company
All beer at the performance donated by NCBC

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Beer Dinners in Massachusetts & Vermont are part of North Coast Brewing’s 25th Anniversary Year Celebration

North Coast Brewing’s New England Sales Manager, Matthew Webster is one busy man. He is working with four chefs in four restaurants to create menus featuring delectable pairings of food and NCBC beer. These beer dinners will take place between June 18th and June 27th, just as summer begins, celebrating NCBC’s 25th anniversary year as a leader in the craft beer movement.

Brother-Thelonious(w)-Brand-ImageTuesday, June 18: Slate Bar & Grill at 6:30 pm
109 High St, Boston MA
857 269-7372
Course 1
Spring Pea Soup with Spicy Pork Rillete paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner
Course 2
Seared Scallops Habanero Mostarda & Tropical Salsa paired with Brother Thelonious
Course 3
Coarse Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Sweet Potato Hash paired with Old Rasputin
Course 4
Artisan Cheese Plate paired with Old Stock Ale

Old-Rasputin-Brand-Image-(w)2012Monday, June 24: Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern in collaboration with Meditrina Beer, Wine & Cheese
698 Route 11 West, Chester VT
802 875-9463
Beginnings
Crispy Lollipop Wings with Apricot Glaze and Steamed Mussels with Marinara Sauce paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner & Red Seal Ale
Salad
Grilled Watermelon topped with Arugula with Homemade Ginger Dressing paired with
Le Merle Saison
Entrée
Black Watch Farms Grilled Steak Tips served over Chipotle Polenta paired with Old Rasputin
Cheese
Beer Fondue with Red Hen Bakery Baguette paired with
Old Stock Ale
Dessert
Rhubarb Raspberry Tart topped with Lemon Crème Fraiche paired with Old Stock Ale

Le-Merle-Brand-Image(w)-2012Tuesday, June 25: Tres Gatos Beer Pairing Dinner
470 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain MA
Chef Marcos Sanchez and the entire Tres Gatos team are offering a special tasting menu to complement NCBC beers. Tres Gatos is a “scratch kitchen.” It uses only the freshest ingredients available. Old Rasputin, Le Merle, PranQster and Scrimshaw are available on draft. 2013 Old Stock Ale and Brother Thelonious are available in the bottle.

Old-Stock-2013(w)-Brand-ImageThursday, June 27: Park Restaurant & Bar at 7:00 pm
Four Course Menu by Chef Jesse Perrin – $40.00 per person
59 JFK St, Cambridge MA
617 491-9855
Course 1
Cool Mussel Salad with Fennel & Nasturtium Greens paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner
Course 2
“Welsh Rabbit” with Truffled Mixed Mushrooms & Vermont Shepard Cheese Sauce paired with PranQster
Course 3
Peppered Rib Eye with Creamy Farrotto & Slow Roasted Sweet Onions paired with Brother Thelonious
Course 4
House-made Stout Cheddar Beer Crisps & Pickle Slaw paired with Old Stock Ale

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North Coast Brewing Sponsors the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet Workshop & Performance at 2013 Mendocino Music Festival on Saturday, July 20

LOOK WHO’S COMING TO TOWN!

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Clockwise from left: Miles Berry (18), tenor sax, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; James Francies (17), piano, High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston; Michael Mitchell (18), drums, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Dallas; Jose Albizu (17), bass, New World School of the Arts, Miami; Joel Ross (17), vibes, Chicago High School for the Arts; Nick Saia (17), guitar, LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, New York

How do you get to be one of the best young jazz musicians in the country? It doesn’t just happen. It takes dedication to the art form, discipline to practice for countless hours, focus during lessons, concentration during rehearsals, respect for colleagues and the creativity and chops to improvise. It also helps to have talent and some great teachers for role models, instruction and inspiration.

The six young musicians who comprise the 2013 Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet are among the best young jazz musicians in the country. They attend high schools that participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School Program. Of all the musicians in this nation-wide program they have been selected as the best of the best.

The Program is designed to support the education of gifted musicians who are attending public performing arts high schools across the nation, offering these students a high-level, musically sophisticated, performance-based jazz curriculum. Participants have the opportunity to study with some of the best jazz artists and educators in the world, perform in jazz combos with their peers, and learn, absorb and integrate what they need to gain entry into esteemed music conservatories and university music schools.

The Institute works with each school to develop a course of study that includes classes in theory, composition, improvisation, history, styles and analysis. It also provides ongoing private and group instruction with Institute educators and visiting artists. The students have opportunities to work with jazz masters and perform in high-profile student ensembles.

Over the last six years North Coast Brewing has contributed more than $500,000 to the Monk Institute in support of jazz education through contributions from the sale of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale. In its role as Presenting Sponsor of the Mendocino Music Festival, North Coast Brewing is delighted to bring the Monk Institute’s National High School All-Star Sextet to perform in the 2013 season. This is an opportunity for North Coast Brewing to dovetail two organizations it supports and bring an outstanding group of young jazz players to the Mendocino Coast. The concert will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 3:00 pm at Preston Hall on Main Street in the town of Mendocino. Tickets are on sale at the Mendocino Music Festival website or 707 937-4041 and are $25, non-reserved and limited seating. In other words, get your tickets now before they sell out.

In addition to the performance, the members of the Sextet will conduct a Peer-to-Peer Jazz Workshop, a special event free to students, on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 am at the Matheson Theater on Ford Street in Mendocino. The workshop will be a micro version of the Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Initiative, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through this national initiative, jazz combos in the performing arts high school programs together with established jazz artists, participate in week long performance and information workshops called “informance tours.” Members of the combos perform for and play alongside high school musicians whose schools they are visiting, acting as ambassadors of jazz. They teach their peers about the rich history of jazz and about the deeply held American values it represents: teamwork, collaboration, unity with ethnic diversity, and the vital importance of really listening to one another.

The setting on July 20 will give music students from Northern California the opportunity to work with the exceptionally gifted and motivated members of the All-Star Sextet who are eager to share their skills and knowledge and encourage their peers. High school students interested in participating should contact the Mendocino Music Festival at 707 937-4041.

Eminent jazz educator and professional bassist, Dr. J.B. Dyas, Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Monk Institute, will accompany the All-Star Sextet on this visit to the Mendocino Coast. Formerly Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute, Dyas has performed across the country, taught students at every level, directed large and small ensembles, developed and implemented new jazz curricula and written for national publications. His dynamic and innovative teaching style engages and inspires. Among the many projects he works on, Dyas visits the eleven performing arts public high schools in the program two to three times a year, works with the students, mentors their teachers in how to better teach jazz and goes on the road with the groups selected for the Peer-to-Peer Informance Tours.

So, will the young musicians in the All-Star Sextet go on to become professional jazz musicians and educators? There’s a very good chance they will. These youngsters have a distinct sense of who they are. They are creative, goal oriented, focused and able to concentrate and build on their skills as individuals and in a group. The have developed self-esteem and confidence. They have high expectations for themselves. They have a passion that inspires and guides them. Whatever they decide to do, they have developed the skills to succeed and to create fulfilling lives for themselves.

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