Breckenridge Music Festival presents ‘Romantic and Classical Quintets’
IF YOU GO
What: Romantic and Classical Quintets
When: Saturday, March 19; 7 p.m.
Where: Father Dyer Church, 310 Wellington Road, Breckenridge
Program: MOZART: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581; BRAHMS: String Quintet No. 1, op. 88
Cost: $25; call (970) 453-9142 or visit breckenridgemusicfestival.com
The Breckenridge Music Festival welcomes back Nathan Olson, co-concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and John Klinghammer, associate principal clarinet of the Omaha Symphony, to perform the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms in an intimate evening of chamber music at Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge. They will be joined by three other Summer Festival Orchestra colleagues: Meghan Jones, violin; Matthew Carrington, viola; Ian Jones, cello.
Musician John Klinghammer describes Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings as one of the finest pieces of chamber music written for the clarinet.
“What is striking about this piece is Mozart’s deft weaving of the clarinet lines in amongst the strings, making it a separate but equal voice in the ensemble, rather than a solo voice with strings accompanying,” he said in a statement. “It’s a true chamber music experience, and gives me the great challenge of knowing when to blend my sound with the strings and when to bring it to the fore.”
Klinghammer characterizes his personal style of playing.
“I like the vocal quality of the clarinet,” he said. “I always strive to find those special, still places where as a musician I can help turn Mozart’s notes into something that sounds magical. I love to play small chamber works, and even more so when I get the opportunity to play with great friends and musicians of the BMF Orchestra.”
Having last performed the Mozart for a theater full of inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kansas, Klinghammer notes that it was quite a moving experience for both the performers and the audience.
“At the end of the second movement one of the inmates murmured aloud ‘glorious!’” he said. “That’s what this music is, and I’m looking forward to performing it in Breckenridge, a glorious location in its own right.”
Festival orchestra concertmaster Nathan Olson leads the ensemble in the first of only two string quintets written by Brahms during his career, String Quintet No. 1, op. 88. In addition to holding the position of co-concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra , he is adjunct faculty at the University of North Texas. Olson has also appeared as guest concertmaster with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Omaha and Tucson, and as principal second violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Olson is a silver medal winner at the Fischoff Competition and was named one of “100 Dallas Creatives” by the Dallas Observer who says he is “an exceptionally talented, successfully classical violinist.”
For ticket reservations and further information please call (970) 453-9142 or visit breckenridgemusicfestival.com.
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