The 17th season of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival will kick off with a special preseason spring soiree concert on Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m.
The concert features Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival co-artistic directors Rieko Aizawa on piano and Jesse Mills on violin, who will perform a Mozart sonata for violin and piano, a Brahms sonata for violin and piano and a piano solo, “Jeux d’eau,” by Ravel. Taylor Bohlender, 2014 Alpenglow Scholarship recipient, will perform a vocal solo, as well.
Each year, Alpenglow awards a scholarship to a promising local music student who has demonstrated outstanding musical talent and who intends to study music in college.
Bohlender grew up in Summit County and is a 2014 graduate of Summit High School. She started singing publicly for the Lake Dillon Theater Company in children’s shows and has been a member of the Summit Middle School Choir and the Summit High School Summit Singers, where she was a leader in the soprano section.
Bohlender discovered her passion for opera after singer Keith Miller came to perform at Summit High School. She learned about the Opera Young Artist program at the Crested Butte Music Festival, directed by Miller, and signed up for the summer camp in 2012 and 2013. The music camp was eye-opening for her and led to Bohlender’s desire to make music a part of her professional life and future. She will be attending Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, in the fall and will be studying vocal performance and music education.
About the festival
The mission of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, a nonprofit organization, is to enhance the cultural life of the community by bringing nationally and internationally known musicians to Summit County. The festival concerts encourage chamber music appreciation and education for adults and children. The organization provides affordable concerts and opportunities for audiences to interact with the musicians. The festival consists of a series of chamber music concerts held in public facilities and in-home soirees. Musicians also present workshops for interested Summit County students.
The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 20. There will be two soirees held in private homes in Summit County, one on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. and one on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the soirees are $75, and seating is limited.
There will also be two public concerts at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon. The first public concert is on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. The second public concert is on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the public concerts are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students. The student workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17.
For more information, visit www.alpenglowchambermusic.org.