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Breckenridge: BMF performances this week

Daily News staff report

The Breckenridge Music Festival is pleased to present pianist Robin Sutherland for one of the most highly anticipated performances of the ongoing Tuesday Series concerts at the Riverwalk Center in Breck. The evening’s performance will feature a selection of five Debussy Preludes and Damase’s Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano, and will close with Brahms’ breathtaking Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major.

While still an undergraduate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sutherland was appointed principal pianist with the San Francisco Symphony by Seiji Ozawa, an appointment reaffirmed by subsequent music directors Edo de Waart, Herbert Blomstedt and Michael Tilson Thomas. At the time, he was the youngest principal musician in the orchestra’s history.

Colorado native Sutherland began piano studies at the age of four in the piano studio of Dr. Rita Hutcherson, head of the piano department of what was then Colorado State College. Sutherland’s association with the BMF has a long history, because shortly thereafter Sutherland was befriended by BMF founder Dr. Kenneth Evans, another CSC faculty member. This led to numerous musical experiences including the first of many solo performances with the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Sutherland will be joined by instrumentalists Nathan Olson and James Holland for the Brahms Trio. Helen Blackburn, Sandra Stimson and Kenneth Krause join Sutherland for the Damase Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Piano.

For tickets ($25, $30, $35 adults, $10 students, $7 juniors) call (970) 547-3100 or log onto http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.

The BMF is pleased to present a cabaret concert, “By George,” a night featuring music from the iconic American composer George Gershwin. This concert will feature vocal soloists Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano; Soon Cho, mezzo soprano, Bradley Howard, tenor and Daniel Boye, bass-baritone. Songs for the evening will include “Embraceable You,” “I’ve got a Crush on You,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I’ve Got Rhythm, Slap That Bass, Strike Up the Band,” “The Man I Love” and many others!

Gershwin is one of the most recognizable American composers of all time. Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1924), as well as the opera Porgy and Bess (1935). His pieces have been widely used in numerous films and on television and many are now considered jazz standards.

For tickets ($25, $30, and $35 adults, $10 students, $7 juniors) call (970) 547-3100. For additional info or to order tickets online, visit http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.


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