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Ole – guitar and piano

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – If you like guitar, Saturday’s Breckenridge Music Institute (BMI) concert, Ole, is for you.

The night of guitar melodies features pieces by Carlos Surinach, Joaquin Rodrigo and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Guest guitarist Nephtali Santiago and pianist Yale Work join the BMI Orchestra for the Ole concert.

Both Santiago and Work are award-winning musicians. Santiago was the first guitarist to win the Concerto Soloists Competition. He earned his master’s degree in music from Yale University, which awarded him a scholarship for outstanding performance.

This year has been a big one for 12-year-old Work. He won the Yamaha Piano Competition at Wells Music in Denver and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association piano competition.

His family lived in Snowmass Village, but his parents are trying to move to Denver to support Work’s music career. For a couple of years, they drove 200 miles, from Snowmass to Boulder, for him to take lessons with Crystal Lee, but now Work performs in the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and takes lessons weekly on the Front Range.

“We’re passionate about music, and I think Yale has some of that,” said his father, Horace Work. “I kind of marvel at his technique. He’s just got really quick fingers, and they’re really accurate. He plays with wonderful musical expression, and his technique is pretty advanced for his age. I hear him playing all day because I work at home. It’s wonderful. I’ve gotten so spoiled by live music. It’s getting harder to listen to canned music.”

Yale Work began Suzuki piano lessons when he was 7. Usually, kids learn about one book a year, but he ripped through the books, learning three and a half in a year.

His teacher imparts the importance of playing with musicality, and he has taken the lesson in.

“I try to feel the music as much as I can,” he said.

The BMI concert is his first chance to play with a professional orchestra, something he hopes to make a career of.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

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Tonight’s Repertoire

Saturday’s Ole program includes Spanish composer Joaquin

Rodrigo’s “Concerto de Aranjuez,” Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s

“Capriccio Espagnol” and Carlos Surinach’s “Ritmo Jondo.”

In Rodrigo’s piece, rhythms and melodic inflections of Spanish folk music mingle with his distinct

tuneful thematic and colorful orchestration. The three movements flow in a fast-slow-fast pattern.

Rimsky-Korsakov originallyconceived “Capriccio” as a virtuoso violin fantasy on Spanish themes. Its five movements include a morning serenade, variations on a theme presented by horns, a return to the morning serenade in a different key, a gypsy song and a dance piece.

“Ritmo Jondo” is one of Surinach’s most famous ballet scores.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $17, $22 and $27 ($7 for children) and may be purchased by calling (970) 547-3100.


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