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ENUMCLAW COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT FOUNDATION SPONSORS CONCERT TO BENEFIT NEWLY FORMED ENUMCLAW SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

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The Enumclaw Community Enhancement Foundation announces a musical evening of fun and entertainment to benefit the Enumclaw Schools Foundation, to be held Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. in the Enumclaw High School Auditorium.

The benefit concert features Seattle-based FINISTERRA, a high energy trio of piano and strings performers, together with selected students from the Enumclaw Public Schools Strings program. Finisterra, whose name means "the ends of the Earth," is composed of Kwan Bin Park from Seoul, Korea on violin; Kevin Krentz from Atlanta, Georgia on cello; and Natalya Kalendarev from Moscow, Russia on piano.

The Finisterra trio takes classical music beyond ordinary expectations with their youthful and dramatic playing style. The group believes that anyone - regardless of musical tastes - can be inspired by this compelling form of music. Finisterra strives to give classical music, with its depth of emotion and breadth of topic, a place in everyone's lives, right beside popular music. "Where popular music is often the soundtrack to accompany our lives," says the group's spokesman, Kevin Krentz, who plays frequent gigs with rock bands, "classical music is the reaction and reflection on our lives."

Finisterra's performers first came together at the University of Washington School of Music, where they were a headline chamber ensemble called "Brechemin Three." In 2003, the trio began working full-time with a new name, "Finisterra," and they have quickly gained an enthusiastic and growing audience.

Finisterra has performed for the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Methow Valley Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Workshop, the guest artist series of the University of Washington, the University of Portland, and the University of Oregon and numerous other chamber music series, including Concerts at City Hall. One reviewer wrote, "It was incredible playing, but we had to believe it because we saw it." In 2004, Finisterra won the Silver Medal at the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy and will be touring Europe and the U.S. in 2005.

Kwan Bin Park, the trio's violinist, was born in South Korea and began studying the violin at age ten. By age eleven he was attending the Juilliard School of Music where he completed both Bachelors and Masters Degrees and was a Gluck Fellow for three years. He has performed as soloist with the Princeton Youth Orchestra and the Philadelphia College Symphony. In addition to being first prizewinner at the Stokes Competition, Kwan Bin has been awarded the William Randolph Hearst award and the Dorothy Delay Violin award. Kwan Bin has worked with such renowned conductors as Kurt Masur and Leonard Slatkin. He has attended the Meadowmount Institute, the Kneisal Hall Chamber Music school, and the Torre Mountgri Chamber Music Festival. He was also a founding member of the Corelliard Chamber Orchestra and toured with them extensively. Kwan Bin has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Spain, Germany, Canada, South Korea and the United States, as well as at the Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series, where The Seattle PI proclaimed his performance as "technically assured and sensitive."

Natalya Kalendarev was born in Moscow, Russia and started playing piano at the age of thirteen. Despite beginning piano lessons at a relatively late age, Natalya was accepted to the Special Music School for Talented Children in Moscow at age 16 and was performing solo recitals and concertos with orchestras throughout the former Soviet Union soon after. In 1992, Natalya was accepted at the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and studied there until her graduation with honors in 1997. During her second year at the Conservatory, she was invited to study at Judson College in Illinois for one year and was awarded a full scholarship from the Rotary Business Club. After graduating from the Moscow Conservatory, Natalya went on to study with Professor Bela Siki at the University of Washington in Seattle and began to collect an appreciative audience. Since her arrival in Seattle, she has won both the 2002 Ladies Musical Club Competition and the University of Washington's School of Music Concerto Competition. As part of the Seattle Ladies Musical Club award, Natalya was featured on King FM's Live! by George program and toured Washington to critical acclaim, prompting one reviewer to write: "Apparent at once was a tremendous technique at the disposal of a sharp musical intelligence and fingers of steel."

Kevin Krentz, cello, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. Although he began his musical life as a cellist at 12, he soon dropped the cello to sing for the rest of his youth, finally deciding to devote all his energies to the cello at the age of 20. From this unconventional start, Kevin has gone on to perform throughout the U.S. as well as Austria and Italy as recitalist and soloist. He has studied with Gary Hardie at Baylor University, Florian Kitt of the Hochschule in Vienna, was assistant to Owen Carman at the Meadowmount School for Strings, and was assistant to Toby Saks at the University of Washington. A Prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, he has also won several concerto competitions and the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Award/Tour Competition. He has been featured on KING FM's Live! By George program, and toured Washington to critical acclaim. One reviewer wrote that Kevin has "a rich, singing tone and a masterly technique...This was a tour de force of virtuosity." Another said, "Krentz seems literally to draw the music from the depths of his cello. . . and liquid tones flooded the audience." Kevin has been Assistant Principal Cellist for maestro Gustav Meijer and has performed with the Chamber Music Ann Arbor Spring Festival. In addition to his work with Finisterra, Kevin is currently a recording studio session player in Seattle, tours with major acts such as Rod Stewart, Sarah Brightman, and Queensryche, and is a frequent recitalist around the U.S.

The Enumclaw Schools Foundation was incorporated as a Washington nonprofit corporation in January 2005, and is currently seeking federal tax exempt status. The Foundation was formed to raise private funds from the community for the support and enhancement of the educational programs of the Enumclaw Public Schools. Currently sponsored in its fund-raising activities by the tax-exempt Enumclaw Community Enhancement Foundation, the Enumclaw Schools Foundation has established initial funding priorities that include support for the District's orchestral music programs and science curriculum, and for the enhancement of teacher training opportunities across the District. The Schools Foundation hopes to quickly expand these priorities and to provide on-going supplemental funding support for a wide variety of programs to benefit students and classroom teachers.

Enumclaw Schools Foundation Board president Linda Atkins notes that many communities around the state, including Kent, Bellevue, Issaquah, Everett and Marysville, have well-established schools foundations that successfully raise significant voluntary private support for the students in those public school districts. "The Bellevue Schools Foundation, for example, has raised several million dollars since it was started in 1979 for the support of programs ranging from a student mentoring program, to staff training grants, to development of an elementary science curriculum. Other districts also have had good success with this concept. I really want our students in Enumclaw to have similar opportunities. For me this is a way to do something positive for our kids and to give them the extra leg up that students in these other districts are getting. As parents and community members this is something that we can do for our students and teachers that is not dependent on politics."

The March 29 benefit concert is the initial fund-raiser for the Enumclaw Schools Foundation. At the concert, the Enumclaw Community Enhancement Foundation will be accepting donations for the benefit of the Schools Foundation and will be earmarking all proceeds of the March 29 fundraiser for the benefit of the Schools Foundation and its programs. The Community Enhancement Foundation will also be sponsoring a raffle to benefit the Schools Foundation, with the drawing to be held at the March 29 concert.

Concert tickets are $15.00 each. For more information about the Enumclaw Schools Foundation and the benefit concert, please call 360-802-7142.

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