The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival's goal to perform great masterworks by nationally and internationally known musicians was accomplished beyond compare with the 2012 opening concert at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church last Tuesday evening.
The performance began with a prelude and fugue by Mozart, the composition of which included melodic selections from Bach. This was followed by a piano quartet by Faure, performed by artistic directors Rieko Aizawa on piano and Jesse Mills on violin, joined by Masumi Rostad on viola and Brant Taylor on cello. The intertwining of melodies and harmonic blending of the strings were captivating. Aizawa's mastery of the keyboard was fully displayed in the complex ascending and descending chord arpeggios that accompany this piece.
Following the intermission, there was a brief cello and bass duet by contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison, performed by Taylor with Zachary Cohen on bass, that includes two movements, "Going Bass Fishing," and "Azure Day," both indirectly reminiscent of the beauty of Summit County. The concert ended with the melodic "Trout" quintet composed by Schubert, the fourth movement being a string variation of his lieder song, "Die Forelle."
The last concert in the series takes place tonight at 7 p.m. at Lord of the Mountains church, 56 Hwy. 6 in Dillon. The program opens with a melodic piano trio with violin and cello composed by Shostakovich when he was only 17 years old. Next is Schubert's "Shepherd on the Rock," to be performed by soprano Ilana Davidson with clarinet accompaniment. She will also sing the "Suite for Voice" by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. This program ends with the quartet, "The End of Time," a musical liturgy by 20th century French composer, Olivier Messiaen, in praise of the immortality of Jesus.
One does not need to travel to Carnegie Hall to experience professional-class music. Right here in Summit County, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival spotlights first-class musicians, each with performance itineraries in famous music centers and theaters throughout the world. The Lord of the Mountains sanctuary provides an intimate environment with unparalleled acoustics.
At last Tuesday's concert, violinist and artistic director Jesse Mills said that it is the intent of musicians to create thoughts and pleasurable impulses beyond what actually exists, a place where music is very much at home. The standing ovation at the conclusion of the Tuesday concert affirms that this performance met that aspiration. To share in this in-depth music experience, don't miss tonight's 7 p.m. concert. Tickets are $20 for adults and free for children. Info: (970) 262-1633.