CICA Summer Music Festival

Eroica Trio
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Country and Region United StatesArkansas
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Eureka Springs, Arkanasas, USA
Festival Contact Information

Phone: +01 901-219-3931

Festival Description

The CICA International Summer Music Festival and School is a month-long classical music extravaganza, now entering its third year and already drawing performers, students and audiences from Europe and East Asia, as well as the United States. Created and managed by Thomas Chun-yu Chen—a Fayetteville, AR violinist, violin maker, composer and conductor—the event is slated for June 11-July 7. Chen said the daytime classes will be held at the Eureka Springs Middle School, with evening concerts for the public at The Auditorium.

CICA Summer Music Festival offers a tremendous scope of offerings for students and professional musicians. The programming includes an Advanced Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Program, an international Concerto Competition, an Advanced Guitar Summer Program, and an Advanced Composition Program. The programming is open to violin, cello, bass, viola, winds and brass instruments, guitar, harp, percussion, and voice students. Highly acclaimed musicians will conduct workshops and offer first hand feedback to the participants. The festival season is broken down into four week-long sessions. Visit the festival’s web site for details.

Festival Dates July 15 - August 4, 2013
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Festival Events:

Featured artists 2012:
  • Eroica Trio
    • The Eroica Trio — pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Susie Park and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio are called the “most sought-after trio in the world,” and are lauded for their flawless technical virtuosity, their passionate performances and contagious enthusiasm. These internationally acclaimed musicians have played around the globe, been acclaimed and honored in Europe and the States, and now they’re bringing their distinctive sound to the Eureka Springs City Auditorium as a highlight of the 2012 Summer Musical Festival. Critics from such esteemed publications as the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal have praised the trio for their musical skill, their “rhythmic vitality and melodic grace,” and their “electrifying performances.” They have individually and jointly garnered many prestigious awards, from two Grammy nominations and the Naumburg Award, (given to young classical musicians in the United States), to having Seattle wine company Chateau Sainte Michelle dub a vintage Riesling in their honor; Grand Marnier also created a new cocktail named “the Eroica” when the trio released their “Pasiὁn” recording. The group has also been profiled in such popular magazines as Elle, Glamour, Vanity Fair, among other, as well as numerous magazines meant for music professionals and aficionados. The Trio has also been guests on numerous television programs, from The View to news shows on major channels and programs devoted to the arts.
  • To learn more about the Eroica Trio, visit
    • For more information about the month-long festival can be found at
  • Performance information
    • The Eroica Trio will perform at The Auditorium June 16, 2012 and also present a chamber music concert June 15, 2012 at The Queen Anne Mansion.


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