Chamber musicians play the music of Piazzola, Brahms |

Chamber musicians play the music of Piazzola, Brahms

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Summit Music and Arts will close its 2012-13 series on Sunday with “Matinee in the Mountains,” an afternoon of chamber music. The program will feature solo pieces by Astor Piazzola for each player with piano and Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25.

Piazzolla is a towering figure in the history of the tango. His place in Argentina’s culture has been compared to that of Duke Ellington in jazz, elevating the country’s folk music to a higher art form.

Also featured is Brahms’ epic Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25, composed by between 1856 and 1861. Clara Schumann performed this masterpiece for the first time in 1861 in Hamburg; it is scored for piano, violin, viola and cello.

The musicians

A graduate of Indiana University, The Julliard School and the University of Colorado, pianist Tamara Goldstein enjoys a diverse career as a chamber musician and soloist. She is an associate professor and director of keyboard studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is artistic director and founder of Piano Celebration.

Since 1999, Goldstein has been on the collaborative piano staff of the Aspen Music Festival, assisting violin pedagogue Paul Kantor and supporting the string program there during the summer seasons. An avid chamber musician, her recent performance highlights include recitals with violinist Justin Bruns (assistant concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony) of the complete Brahms Sonatas, an all-Russian program with Elizabeth Pitcairn and the “Red Violin” at Boulder’s E-Town Hall and a return tour to Japan with the Denver Municipal Band Ensemble to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sister cities of Denver and Takayama.

Violinist Rachel Segal, a native of Philadelphia, joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2003. After four summers at the Aspen Music Festival, and two at the Taos School of Music, Segal knew that the Rocky Mountains would be her home. Local professional pursuits include serving as concertmaster of the Central City Opera, playing chamber music concerts and recitals in the Denver metro area and maintaining an active private teaching studio.

Segal is also active with both the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras as a teacher and coach, and has served on the faculties of Regis University and the Community College of Aurora. In the fall of 2011, she spent three months as the guest concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal, at the gorgeous historic Teatro Sao Carlos. Before moving to Denver, Segal spent two years as the concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and as the principal second violinist of the Princeton Symphony in New Jersey.

Charles C. Lee, cellist, composer and conductor, received his bachelor’s degree in composition and piano from the Eastman School of Music, where he won the Bernard Rogers composition award. After receiving a master’s degree in cello performance at Temple University under Jeffrey Solow, he moved to Boulder to pursue a doctorate of musical arts under Judith Glyde at the University of Colorado; he received his doctorate in 2004.

Lee has been principal cellist of the Boulder Philharmonic orchestra since 1998 and performs with the Colorado Ballet and the Opera Colorado Orchestras, in addition to performing actively in the region as a chamber musician. Lee is currently serving as instructor of cello, conductor of the string ensemble and director of chamber music at the Regis University in Denver, as well as instructor of cello at Metro State University of Denver.

Phillip Stevens, violist, is currently a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and is affiliate professor of viola at Metropolitan State College of Denver. In addition to joining the Colorado Symphony in 1996, Phillip has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.

Stevens also teaches privately and is active in educating youth through the programs of the Colorado Symphony, Up Close and Musical and Friends of Chamber Music. Stevens began his musical education in his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., went on to receive his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, studying with Yitzhak Schotten, and completed graduate work at Northwestern University under Peter Slowik.

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