Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival launches 14th season with Juilliard-heavy lineup
The 14th season of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival, a series created to fill a niche in classical programming during the late summer/early autumn in Summit County, starts Sunday with a sold-out soire in a private home followed by a public performance Sept. 13 at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon ($20 adults/free for students). The concert will feature Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio #1 in D minor, Op.49; Khachaturian’s Trio for clarinet, violin and piano; Clarke’s Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale for viola and clarinet and Dvorak’s Piano Quartet #2 in e-flat major, Op.87. The second public concert takes place Sept. 16 at Lord of the Mountains Church, following a soire on September 15. The concert will feature Mozart’s Trio “Kegelstatt” in e-flat major; K.498 for clarinet, viola and piano; Moravec’s Tempest Fantasy for clarinet, violin, cello and piano; Kodaly’s Intermezzo for violin, viola and cello and Brahms’ Piano Quartet #1 in g minor, Op.25.
Taking over artistic direction for the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival this year are Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa, a Steinway artist who has been with festival since its inception, and seven-year festival veteran and Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills. Both Aizawa and Mills are graduates of the Juilliard School and both play solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S. This year, they take over for outgoing cellist Edward Arron as co-artistic directors of the Alpenglow festival, bringing three musicians along with them. “They are a wonderful duo,” board chair Evie Lau said of Aizawa and Mills, who played a private soire locally in February. “They have a wonderful understanding of each other and their music. It’s very exciting. We expect more of the same from this festival, with the three new musicians as well.”One of the musicians joining Aizawa and Mills is violist Dov Scheindlin, who last performed at Alpenglow in 2002. Called an “extraordinary violist” of “immense flair” by The New York Times, Scheindlin’s chamber music career has taken him to 28 countries around the globe, where he has appeared as a soloist for numerous acclaimed orchestras abroad. Also a Juilliard graduate, Scheindlin currently teaches at Princeton University. Clarinetist Igor Begelman and cellist James Wilson will make their first appearances at the Alpenglow festival this year. An accomplished recitalist and chamber musician raised in Kiev, Ukraine, Begelman earned his master’s degree at Juilliard and his undergraduate degree at The Manhattan School of Music. Also an active educator, Begelman teaches at Brooklyn and Sarah Lawrence colleges and is the director of the woodwind program at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. He is also an avid proponent of new music. This is the first year the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival will have a clarinetist, Lau said.Wilson is a 20-year recital and chamber music veteran who plays Baroque and modern cello, described by The Los Angeles Times as a musician “with something to say and a commanding way of saying it.” Wilson has appeared in many of the world’s most illustrious venues and is currently the artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia in Richmond. He teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University in New York.
In addition to performing their repertoire, the artists/educators will work with music students at Summit High School Sept. 14 as a part of the festival’s outreach program, which also includes annual scholarships for seniors planning to study music and free admission to the Alpenglow concerts for students.”It’s always wonderful to have a new direction,” Lau said, while indicating that future concert-goers can still expect occasional guest appearances from outgoing artistic director Edward Arron, who was proud to recommend Aizawa and Mills for the role. “New artistic directors bring a new type of music in which they’re interested,” said Lau. “I think everyone is going to be very pleased with the new direction.”
What: Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival public concertsWhen: 7 p.m. Sept. 13 & 16Where: Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, 56 Highway 6, DillonTickets: $20 at the door for adults; no charge for students and children Info: http://www.alpenglowchambermusic.com
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