Breckenridge Music Festival to perform ‘The Trout’ Quintet at Riverwalk Center |

Breckenridge Music Festival to perform ‘The Trout’ Quintet at Riverwalk Center

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If you go

What: Franz Schubert’s “The Trout” Quintet

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: All tickets are $25

More information: Call the Riverwalk box office at (970) 547-3100, or visit

What: Tuesday Chamber Series

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 11

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: All tickets are $25

More information: Call the Riverwalk box office at (970) 547-3100, or visit

What: Sunday Champagne Series

When: Evening concerts 7-9 p.m., brunch concerts 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 9

Where: Private homes in Summit County

Cost: Evening concerts are $50; brunch concerts are $65.

More information: Purchase tickets for this series from the Breckenridge Music Festival office at (970) 453-9142

The Breckenridge Music Festival launches its chamber concert series on Tuesday, July 14, with Franz Schubert’s “The Trout” Quintet — a nickname for his Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667.

The piece is among the most popular chamber pieces ever written, according to BMF executive director Marcia Kaufmann, and it is the first time it will be performed at the Festival for as long as she can recall. Unlike the usual piano and string quartet, The Trout is written for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass.

“It has wonderful instrumentation and a really sparkling kind of sonority,” Kaufmann said. “Schubert was an absolute melody ‘meister.’”

The Tuesday chamber series features artists from the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra performing self-conducted programs of their own choosing. The general format is one player to a part, with two to nine artists performing on a given night.

“There’s a whole different feel to chamber music,” Kaufmann said. “You can see each individual musician taking leadership as a piece unfolds and glimpse the personality of each player while the music is brought to you in a direct, one-on-one kind of way. We often think of it as conversation amongst the players — and then it’s a conversation with the audience, too, because you’re really drawn into it.”

The chamber performances offer the musicians — many of whom play in a variety of different ensembles — the opportunity to collaborate and experiment with one another, combining unusual repertoire and instruments, or performing an interesting standard.

“It’s basically whatever the musicians suggest the audience is going to love,” Kaufmann said.

Tuesday’s concert opens with Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66, in keeping with new artistic advisor David Danzmayr’s choice to emphasize works by the lesser-known German composer this summer.

The overarching theme of the Tuesday series is to offer “a more intimate musical experience, one that is about how the music is made, the size of the ensemble and the smaller audiences,” Kaufmann said. “That’s what people really enjoy who follow the series.”

The concerts have been growing in popularity, with as many as 500 people attending shows at the Riverwalk Center in downtown Breckenridge. Tickets are $25 no matter where you sit; the idea behind that is to have everyone gather up front for the performance. There will be a total of five concerts each Tuesday from July 14 to Aug. 11.

The final concert departs from the usual format in that the entire string section of 22 players will perform the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg, so there will be more than one player to a part.

“It will still be an un-conducted orchestral experience,” Kaufmann said. “We are excited to try something new and different with that.”

The Breckenridge Music Festival also offers a Champagne Series that takes place in private Summit County homes on Sundays. This series offers a similar style of chamber music programming in an even more intimate setting. Tickets for the popular Champagne Series usually close out a week in advance; a few of the concerts are sold out already. Visit for more information.

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