A day for gypsies to wander at CMC Breckenridge
Ryan Summerlin January 19, 2013
The Breckenridge Music Festival presents an afternoon of piano trios entitled “Gypsy Wanderings” at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge Sunday as part of its 2012-13 Encore winter series. Winter guest artist Alex Greenbaum (cello) joins summer festival artists Michael Linville (piano) and Kathryn Hatmaker (violin) to perform Haydn’s “Gypsy Rondo,” “Three Nocturnes” by Ernest Bloch, Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 and Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor. “We thought it would be fun to explore the nomadic nature of composers during the late Romantic and early 20th-century eras,” said Linville. “Brahms had a lifelong interest in Eastern European musical traditions, evidenced by his sets of Hungarian Dances. Bloch moved from his native Switzerland to study in Brussels, then Germany, and later Paris, before relocating to the U.S. in 1916. Shostakovich was forced during much of his life to compose ‘coded’ music that could speak to listeners on multiple levels – one to satisfy his own desire to express his emotional inner life and another which would be considered ‘acceptable’ by the Soviet regime.” “It’s also interesting to consider the slightly nomadic lifestyle of classical musicians today, who often fly across the country to play concerts with their colleagues, like we’re doing for this concert in Breckenridge,” he said. Sunday will be the first time all three musicians perform together. A pianist, percussionist, conductor, arranger and educator, Linville serves as director of chamber music activities for the New World Symphony and artistic coordinator of the contemporary ensemble, New World Percussion Consort. He has performed with both the Breckenridge Music Festival orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra.”I personally love the Brahms and Bloch,” Linville said, “Brahms because of the raw emotional contrasts, Bloch because of the highly imaginative use of harmony and melodic material.” Hatmaker is a violinist with the San Diego Symphony and co-founder/artistic director of Art of lan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego chamber music organization dedicated to attracting a diverse audience to classical music. She has been a featured soloist with the Breckenridge Music Festival orchestra.Greenbaum, the third member of the group, began playing cello at age 3 and continues to play diverse venues throughout New York City. An internationally traveling member of The Knights Orchestra and other groups, Greenbaum has also appeared as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra. Sunday’s program starts with the “Gypsy Rondo,” the name giving to the Keyboard Trio in G Major that Haydn composed in 1795 after developing an interest in the music of the Hungarian Gypsies. The piece features Gypsy folk-style themes and rhythms in the third movement. Shostakovich dedicated his Piano Trio No. 1 to Tatyana Glivenko, whom he loved at age 17. Bloch’s Three Nocturnes were written in 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Swiss-born composer served as director of the newly formed Cleveland Institute of Music; each Nocturne depicts a different aspect of the night. The program closes with Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor. His last trio for violin, cello and piano, Brahms wrote the piece in 1886 at Hofstetten on Lake Thun in Switzerland. Some listeners feel that the vista is apparent in the music he composed there.”I find the diversity of the repertoire we’ve chosen to be the most appealing aspect of the program,” Hatmaker said. “Each piece definitely has its own unique flavor. Hopefully the audience will enjoy the diversity of the program and its range of moods, textures and messages.” In conjunction with the concert, the Breckenridge Music Festival and Breckenridge Arts District present a 10 percent discount on the sign-up fee for an oil painting workshop, “Painting Snow in Oils” by Amy Evans, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and $5 off the ticket to Gypsy Wanderings for guests who attend both events. Sign-ups for the art workshop must be completed today. Call (970) 453-3364 for info.