BMF presents ‘Schumann and Sutherland,’ part of Tuesday Chamber Series |

BMF presents ‘Schumann and Sutherland,’ part of Tuesday Chamber Series

Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily |

If you go

What: “Schumann and Sutherland”

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: Tickets range from $7 to $25, discount for 18 years or younger

Program: Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100, by Poulenc; “At the End of a Really Great Day (2008),” by Greenstein; and Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63, by Schumann

More information: Call the Riverwalk box office at (970) 547-3100, or visit

The Breckenridge Music Festival offers another intimate evening in the Riverwalk Center with its upcoming chamber concert, “Schumann and Sutherland.” The concert includes the work of Robert Schumann, Judd Greenstein and Francis Poulenc, with guest artist pianist Robin Sutherland joining artists of the Festival Orchestra.

French composer Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Woodwind Quintet, Op. 100, was scored between 1932 and 1939. The three movements express vivid energy, contrasted with more relaxed sections woven throughout the composition.

“The piece is a splendid example of the composer’s user-friendly style, with light, lyrical tunes under a Parisian pastiche of a la mode rhythms and chic progressions,” said music historian Edward Yadzinski. “The mix of cabaret spirit and sophisticated harmony is delightful, clear through the tender, quasi-avant-garde choral which closes the piece in unexpected C major.”

The title of Greenstein’s piece “At the End of a Really Great Day” is a joyful commemoration of a friend lost in a tragic accident. Greenstein notes that Emily had a lovely, infectious personality and was an inspiration to all who knew her. A mutual friend said about Emily that she passed away, “at the end of a really great day.” Greenstein explains that this phrase “was true for the day itself and for her life and is an inspiring thought to me about how I would like to live all my days and how it becomes possible to live with the unavoidable tragedies that life presents.”

Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor opens with lush piano currents under a searching theme in the cello, mirrored by the violin. Schumann’s phrases flow from one exalted moment to the next, with poetic flourishes on the wing. Schumann’s harmonic gift likewise adds to the tonal canvas. A writer and philosopher as well as a composer, Schumann’s thoughts on music reach beyond the ordinary.

“Tones are the finest matter the spirit can hold,” he said. “The spiritual realm of tones moves us deeply. Tone and tears are one and the same — sensations from the soul.”

Guest artist Sutherland grew up in Greeley, entering the studio of Dr. Rita Hutcherson, head of the piano department at Colorado State College, at the age of 4. Another faculty member, Dr. Kenneth Evans, founder of the Breckenridge Music Festival, befriended Sutherland, leading to several decades of musical experiences with the BMF. Sutherland is also an alumnus of the Aspen Music School and Festival, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Hawaii and Julliard.

For more information on this and other concerts in the Breckenridge Music Festival Tuesday Chamber Series, visit

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