Dinner and a concert in Breckenridge
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Tuesday, the BMF blows in a feast, beginning with dinner at Relish, featuring wine, an appetizer and dinner, followed by a dessert, in which flutist Helen Blackburn will discuss that evening’s pieces and other issues. Repertoire includes Barber’s “Summer Music,” Nielsen’s “Woodwind Quintet,” Ewald’s “Symphony for Brass” and Koetsier’s “Brass Quintet.”
Blackburn comes from the Dallas Opera Orchestra and has been with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra for seven years.
“I most enjoy making music with fellow musicians who have a passion for music and playing under a sensitive conductor who encourages and appreciates musical risk-taking,” she said.
To give the audience more insight into her thoughts and personality, she answered the following questions.
For people not very familiar with orchestral music, what do you think they’d get out of attending a BMF concert? Well, first of all, they would automatically become much more intelligent, interesting, attractive and wealthy! Besides that, they would hear a wide variety of great music that appeals to most everybody – played by a really wonderful orchestra!
Describe your favorite pieces from this week’s concert: I like almost all music except Donizetti operas … fortunately we’re not doing any Donizetti so it’s all good!
What would you do if you weren’t a musician? I’d like to think I’d be an architect, but in actuality all I’m qualified to do is walk dogs. (If my knees were better, I’d love to be a mountain climber.)
Name two things on your bucket list: 1) Learn to do a cartwheel (I’ve always been a risk-taker, but cartwheels scare me!), and 2) travel to Russia, Bali, New Zealand, Greece, Taiwan and Italy.
Skim (an extensive list, not printed here) with working definitions, and pick up to four to describe/symbolize your personality:
Vivace: Brisk, lively spirited … yep, that’s pretty much me in a nutshell.
Capriccio: Quick, spirited and playful … I LOVE to laugh and to make others laugh!
Major: I’m sometimes criticized for being TOO positive!
Neoclassical: Crisp and direct. Nobody ever wonders what I think; I just put it right out there.
Anything else you’d like to add? If you’re reading this interview, STOP what you’re doing and RUN, don’t walk, to the phone to reserve tickets for the next BMF concert! You won’t regret it!
And, if you miss her Tuesday night, catch her on Friday, Aug. 20 at the Festival Orchestra Finale: Grand Orchestra Showcase at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center.
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