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BMF presents classical favorites in Dillon

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Even if you’re not a classical music fan, you might want to check out the Breckenridge Music Festival’s concert tonight, because these are the pieces that make audiences love chamber music.

Tonight’s concert at Lord of the Mountains Church presents Haydn’s Piano Trio no. 25 in C Major, Hob. XV:27 and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81. If those last phrases sounded like garble to you, hang in there ” help is on the way.

First of all, the pieces from the two composers contrast each other. Haydn’s is classical music with a capital “C.” It is “very straightforward, with beautiful tones, pretty settings and a nice conversational style,” said Marcia Kaufmann, the new BMF executive director.

Dvorak’s has a folksy element to it, and each movement changes character, adding richness to the piece. In fact, one movement delivers a series of changes. The piece is one of cellist James Holland’s favorites, because of its “tremendous energy and lyricism,” he said, admitting he also is partial to it because it begins with a cello solo.

“Both of these pieces use a combination of strings and piano really nicely, and that is a lot of people’s absolute favorite,” Kaufmann said.

Five musicians, most of whom have performed with the BMF for many years, gather to perform the pair of masterworks. Michael Linville returns on piano for the fifth season in the BMF Winter Series, and two musical couples join him: Meghan Holland on violin and James Holland on cello, and Benjamin Tomkins on viola and Robyn Julyan on violin. All of the musicians have been playing together for a long time, so they’re familiar with one another’s style.

“It’s like putting on a comfortable sweater you haven’t worn in awhile,” James Holland said. “I think the audience can sense when there’s a nice rapport … you can’t quantify it; it just clicks, so everyone gets in the zone together.”

Even people not well versed in classical music.

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