Breckenridge Music Festival presents pianist Robin Sutherland Tuesday
Ryan Summerlin August 10, 2012
The Breckenridge Music Festival presents pianist Robin Sutherland for one of the most highly anticipated performances of the ongoing Tuesday Series concerts. The evening’s performance will feature pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich, Csar Franck, and the world premiere of “Volant for Clarinet and Piano” by Nicholas Pavkovic. A featured work at the concert will be the Pavkovic piece, commissioned by Sutherland. It combines the influences of Francis Poulenc, Johannes Brahms and the Brazilian homeland of fellow performer, clarinetist Carlos Ortega. It consists of three movements, which are intended to transport the listeners to different places in the world. The first movement, “Picaresque,” focuses on the ideas of American composers and jazz music. Swing influences are very prevalent. “Berceuse,” the second movement, is more dissonant, in the style of French composers. The piece concludes with “Danza.” This movement takes the audience to Latin America, with intricate rhythms and the influence of the tango. Also on the program, the Franck “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano” is considered by many to be one of the finest sonatas for violin ever written. Sutherland will be joined for the Franck by Nathan Olson, co-concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The program is rounded off by Shostakovich’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor,” performed by Sutherland with Olson and BMF principle cellist James Holland.
Born in Denver, Robin Sutherland grew up in Greeley, entering the studio of Dr. Rita Hutcherson, head of the piano department of what was then Colorado State College, at the age of 4. As a boy, another faculty member and founder of the BMF, Dr. Kenneth Evans, befriended him; this led to many musical experiences including the first of many solo engagements with the Breckenridge Music Festival. Sutherland is an alumnus of the Aspen Music School and Festival, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Hawai’i and Juilliard.While still an undergraduate at SFCM, he was appointed Principal Pianist of the San Francisco Symphony by Seiji Ozawa; an appointment reaffirmed by subsequent music directors Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas. At the time, he was the youngest principal musician in the Orchestra’s history. His association with Leonard Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety,” has taken him all over the world. In addition to numerous performances on tour with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas requested it for his farewell tour with the London Symphony, and Sutherland was Seiji Ozawa’s soloist of choice when he programmed the piece for his celebrated guest appearance at La Scala in Milan in 1994.
What: Robin Sutherland & Friends, classical musicWhen: 7:30 p.m. TuesdayWhere: Breckenridge Riverwalk CenterTickets & Info: (970) 547-3100 or www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com