Breckenridge Music Festival presents a piano, violin, viola and cello concert Friday night
Tonight’s Breckenridge Music Festival concert, Romantic Idealism, is aptly named, not only because of the repertoire, but also because two married couples make up four of the five musicians.Meghan and James Holland, violin and cello players respectively, are married, as are violinist Robyn Julyan and Benjamin Tomkins. And, as if those aren’t enough close ties, Meghan Holland and Julyan are sisters. You might think that leaves pianist Michael Linville out in the cold, but that’s hardly the case. Linville and James Holland performed together as National Repertory Orchestra members in the early 1990s, then played together in the New World Symphony in Miami, only to reconnect at the Breckenridge Music Festival, when James Holland was dating Meghan.Together, the five musicians create a comfortable, professional and riveting synergy on stage. Tonight, they perform Beethoven’s Piano Trio and Schumann’s Piano Quintet.Beethoven’s Piano Trio is nicknamed “The Ghost,” mostly for its slow and spooky second movement.”Beethoven is just really a fascinating piece,” Linville said. “It’s a great transitional romantic piece that’s exploring weird and transitional ideas that hadn’t been explored before. It’s very moody in a way.”Schumann’s Piano Quintet jumps between two poles: a calm, cerebral, reserved space and a completely over-the-top, excited place, said James Holland.”It’s one of the pieces that gets played a lot, and it deserves to,” he said. “It’s high-energy, high-spirited. It changes moods a lot and is very dramatic.”Linville calls it a “barn-burner of a piece that’s really fun for the audience.” He chose the work because he wanted to showcase the college’s new piano.”It’s just really a fine instrument, and I wanted to program some really nice pieces,” he said.”Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Piano Trio lays the foundation,” said BMF spokesperson Rick Hansen. “Schumann’s Piano Quintet shapes the pinnacle of ‘Romantic Idealism.'”
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