NRO brings acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker to Keystone Saturday |

NRO brings acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker to Keystone Saturday

Erica MarciniecSpecial to the Daily
Special to the Daily Jackie Parker and Aloysia Friedmann

The internationally acclaimed, Vancouver-bred pianist Jon Kimura Parker comes to Keystone this Saturday, where he will perform a tango, a samba and the Finale from Beethoven’s “Appassionata” among other pieces with his wife, violist Aloysia Friedmann.”The program is designed to appeal to everyone,” said Douglas Adams, executive director of the National Repertory Orchestra, which is presenting the show along with The Keystone Lodge and Spa, Organic Male OM4 Skincare for Men and Schmitt Music. “It’s a very diverse program with plenty of what I would call ‘crossover classical.’ Everyone will recognize something in the performance, with works from Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. People will also be familiar with Rachmaninoff’s 18th variation from the ‘Paganini Rhapsody,’ which was used as the love theme in ‘Somewhere in Time’ starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. The piece we have from Mozart, from ‘Piano Concerto #2,’ was also made popular from cinema,” Adams added. “It’s the theme from ‘Elvira Madigan.'”Known as “Jackie” among friends, Jon Kimura Parker has performed as soloist at both the Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl, among numerous worldwide engagements including the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has given performances for Queen Elizabeth II and the U.S. Supreme Court and played frequently at Carnegie Hall over the last decade. In 2007, he performed and spoke alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCares, under whose auspices he performed in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995. He gave the 2007 world premiere of Peter Schickele’s Music for Orcas Island and in 2009 joined Cho-Liang Lin in the world premiere of a new violin sonata by Paul Schoenfield.”He’s a wonderfully balanced, intelligent pianist who never seems affected in his playing,” wrote critic David Hawley in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “He can roll out a cascade of rippling runs that shimmer like golden silk.” Parker is known regionally for his performances at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Denver. “Jackie and Aloysia are not only superb musicians, they are just delightful people,” said Adams, who worked with Parker while president of both the Colorado and Dallas symphonies. “The way this Saturday’s program is arranged will include having both of them tell musical anecdotes about the pieces they are playing and share stories about their careers,” he said. “It will be a small intimate setting at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, so it’s a unique opportunity to get up close with these world-class artists.” Although the NRO’s eight-week summer season ended August 5 (with a 14 percent bump in attendance, Adams said), the organization offers programming like Saturday’s Keystone concert year-round, scheduling concerts throughout Summit County when possible. Keystone was home to the NRO “until Breckenridge wooed us to move here in 1993,” Adams explained, indicating that there are many orchestra supporters in Keystone.”Like other arts organizations in Summit County, we wanted to do something really special for Fall for the Arts,” he added. “A member of our board is friends with Jon and Aloysia and brought us this idea. It turned out – against all odds, in my opinion – that Jon was available on this particular day. He is in great demand with symphonies all over the world and many are opening their seasons about now, so I was delighted to learn he was free this weekend. Usually, you have to book someone like him a year or more in advance.”

What: Pianist Jon Kimura “Jackie” Parker with Aloysia FriedmannWhen: 5 p.m. Saturday, September 10Where: The Keystone Lodge & Spa, Grand BallroomCost: $35 regular; $100 premium; $15 students 18 & underTickets: Call (970) 453-4825 or buy online at

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