BMI ends season with Beethoven, Mozart, Suppe
BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) Orchestra celebrates the end of its season with the best of Beethoven, Mozart and Suppe.
Violin soloist Jason Horowitz begins the concert with Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Center.
“It’s probably the greatest concerto written in the classic style,” Horowitz said. “It’s a piece of nobility and Apollonian beauty. It has an abstract, innate beauty, like a perfect vase or a Greek sculpture. It’s built on very simple musical ideas, which are worked to incredible depth.”
The orchestra also will perform Mozart’s “Symphony No. 35” and Suppe’s “Overture to Poet and Peasant.”
“(“Symphony No. 35′) has all the things you would expect of a Mozart symphony,” he said. “It has unbelievable, sudden changes of personality, a lightness, a brilliance, and always this ability that Mozart has to change moods in a second, like the light or the weather here (in Breckenridge) sometimes.”
Gerhardt Zimmermann conducts the orchestra with a clarity and honesty the musicians respect.
“He knows what he wants, he knows how to get it and he has good taste,” Horowitz said. “(His honesty) comes out in the clarity of the expression because the orchestra trusts him, and he trusts the orchestra. The instant he moves in one direction, we follow him.”
Though Horowitz did not come from a musical family, he began playing violin in kindergarten at age 4. He studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Mass., where he received the Artist Diploma, the school’s highest performance degree, in 1998. He worked and studied in Germany, where he met his wife, Kyoto Horowitz, also a violinist in the BMI orchestra.
They currently live in Miami, Fla., but the day after the season finale concert, they will move to Colorado, as Jason Horowitz’s stylistic intelligence and diversity of repertoire have secured him a position as the assistant concert master in the Colorado Symphony.
“He produces incredible tones on the violin,” Breckenridge resident and supporter of the BMI Elmer Koneman said, “and I have dubbed him as “Master of the E-string.’ His high tessitura notes on the E-string are so well-rounded and mellow that any sense of screeching is totally eliminated. The Beethoven piece is very demanding and has many notes in this high tessitura.”
Tickets are $17, $22 and $27 and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.
-When and Where
– Event: BMI Season Finale Concert
– When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17
– Where: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
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