For the 13th season, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival presents four concerts, in a spirit of exhilaration and inspiration. Named after the reddish and pink sunrises and sunsets that warm mountaintops, the festival aims to ignite hearts -particularly those of young people who may not be familiar with chamber music - with its rousing sound.
Tuesday's event begins with a pre-concert discussion and demonstration of chamber music techniques for Summit music students with an interest in classical music. Students and music teachers can attend free of charge to interact with the Alpenglow principals.
This year, the festival's six renowned musicians return.
Alpenglow artistic director and cellist Edward Arron plays in Summit for his 12th year. He is quickly building a reputation worldwide for his elegant musicianship, creativity and passion. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, as well as in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa is a Steinway artist who has been in the festival the entire time. She has played in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She earned her master's degree from the Juilliard School, and she's garnering a reputation for her detailed and delicately contrasted playing.
Jesse Mills is a Grammy-nominated violinist who has performed in Summit County for six years. As another Juilliard graduate, he has performed as a soloist with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and plenty of other orchestras. He also has won the Aspen Music Festival's violin competition.
Violist Danielle Farina returns for her fourth year. In addition to performing with ensembles here and abroad, she teaches at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division and records for feature film soundtracks and pop albums.
Aaron Janse's intense and authoritative violin and viola playing has captured attention worldwide. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Juilliard and has served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. This is his sixth appearance at Alpenglow.
The last, but not least, member of the Alpenglow Chamber is violinist Kyung Sun Lee. She won sixth place in the 1994 Tchaikowsky Competition, third in the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Competition and first prizes in the Washington and D'Angelo International Competitions, among others. She studied at Juilliard, as well as the Seoul National University and Peabody Conservatory. She returns to Summit County for her third year.
"We feel the musicians are the best in the world," said Evie Lau, festival spokesperson. "It's a joy not only to listen to them play, but also to watch them interact; they're young, enthusiastic and charming. It's the best music you can imagine."
Since 2002, the festival has received financial assistance from seven granting organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts.
"This year, the support of the Target Foundation and the Summit Foundation has made it possible to again bring world-class musicians to Summit County and to share this great music with young people," said Barbara Vandeventer, spokesperson.