BMF Encore Winter Concert features Copland, Bruce, Schubert
If you go
What: “A New Year Encore,” a presentation of the Breckenridge Music Festival Encore Winter Concert Series with Summit Music & Arts
When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25
Where: Lord of the Mountains Church, 56 U.S. Highway 6, Dillon
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More information: For a complete listing of the Breckenridge Music Festival’s 2014-15 Winter Concert Series, visit www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.
Breckenridge Summer Festival Orchestra artists rejoin Summit County audiences to celebrate the new year with duos by American composers Aaron Copland and David Bruce and Franz Schubert’s Trio at “A New Year Encore” on Sunday, Jan. 25. The festival series welcomes back Michael Linville, piano; Kate Hatmaker and Meghan Jones, violin; Susan Pardue, viola; and Alex Greenbaum, cello, in this concert presented by the Breckenridge Music Festival in partnership with Summit Music & Arts.
The evening will explore the possibilities of small groupings of instruments in duos and a trio before bringing all of the evening’s performers together for the final, larger work, a quintet. The “Duettino for Kate and Alex” is a pairing composed by Bruce for violin and cello. An American-British composer, Bruce (b. 1970) has gained recognition for such works as “A Bird in Your Ear,” which was performed by the New York City Opera and was hailed by The New York Times as “skillfully written and imaginative.” Several of his chamber works have proven to be audience favorites in recent Breckenridge Music Festival summer Tuesday Series performances. Bruce wrote “Duettino for Kate and Alex” in honor of violinist Hatmaker and cellist Greenbaum, the pair performing the piece in this concert.
The duo for violin and piano by Copland, written in 1971, contains touches of both Copland’s early, jazz-inspired writing and the iconic, folk-inspired style that caused him to be referred to as “Dean of American Composers.” Copland (1900-1990) was also a composition teacher, writer and later a conductor of his own and other American music. He helped forge a distinctly American style of composition and is best known to the public for his accessible, “Populist” style of music. The duo was originally written for flute and piano but is regularly performed by violinists, as well.
Following will be a contrasting pair of string trios — music for violin, viola and cello. Schubert’s Trio in B-flat, written in 1816, is a one-movement gem, a youthful work that reflects his classical roots in the 18th century. The Kodaly Intermezzo for String Trio, also in one movement, dates from around 1905, when Kodaly was beginning his travels around his native Hungary to study and record the folk songs of the many different Hungarian ethnic populations. The String Trio reflects this authentic Hungarian folk music in a relaxed, tuneful mood.
The program will close with the stormy and emotionally charged Piano Quintet in F Minor by Cesar Franck. Known primarily for his organ performances, Franck (1822-1890) acquired professorship at the Paris Conservatoire in 1872, after which he wrote several pieces that have entered the standard classical repertoire, including symphonic, chamber and keyboard works. The F minor piano quintet of 1879 is among his best-known works of chamber music.
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