Alpenglow warms county with classics |

Alpenglow warms county with classics


SILVERTHORNE – Just as the young musicians of the National Repertory Orchestra are about to return home after a season of uplifting sounds, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival continues the classical fervor.The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival takes its name after the reddish glow seen on mountain tops before sunrise or after sunset. First launched in 1998 by co-artistic directors Bil Jackson and Steven Copes, the festival features the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak.Jackson and Copes started the festival in collaboration with the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts to bring world-class chamber music to Summit County after the majority of music festivals had ended for the summer. It began with four professional musicians who had graduated from the most prestigious conservatories. In 2000, the organization became independent.”It gives me great personal pleasure to realize that from those early days, Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival has taken its rightful place among major festivals and continues to enjoy the many accolades heaped upon it,” said Jeanne W. Del Mar, co-founder of the Lake Dillon Foundation for the Performing Arts.Now in its seventh season, it includes five world-renowned musicians. “I think the interaction of the musicians on stage is often what captivates the audiences at Alpenglow concerts,” Copes said. “In chamber music, having great personal chemistry is no small part of the musical spontaneity and communication that occurs on stage, and that intimacy and fun is why Bil and I started this festival. Being so close to the music, as opposed to a symphony orchestra concert, is surely part of the excitement that goes with being at a good chamber concert.”The principal goal of the festival is to perform the great masterpieces of chamber music at the highest level for young people and those who might not otherwise experience the music. The festival begins with a free concert Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion, and all of the rehearsals are free and open to the public.For tickets or more information contact (970) 468-4774 or Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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