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Pianist featured in first installment of Breckenridge Music Festival Encore Winter Concert Series

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If you go

What: At the Keyboard: An Afternoon with David Korevaar, part of the Breckenridge Music Festival Encore Winter Concert Series

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12

Where: Lord of the Mountains Church, Dillon

Cost: $15 in advance or $20 at the door; students and children 17 and younger are free

More information: To purchase tickets or for more information, call the BMF office at (970) 453-9142 or visit http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com

David Korevaar will present a diverse program of piano solos by Fauré and Chopin, as well as the great Schubert A Major Sonata, on Sunday, Jan. 12, in Dillon as part of the Breckenridge Music Festival Encore Winter Concert Series.

Korevaar is the Peter and Helen Weil professor of piano at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an internationally acclaimed solo and chamber artist. The program begins with the Seventh Nocturne and Theme and Variations by Gabriel Fauré. Fauré enjoyed a long, happy and successful life as a pianist, organist, composer and pedagogue in Paris during the last quarter of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th. Fauré’s Nocturnes and Theme and Variations are generally regarded as the composer’s greatest piano works.

Musical Chopin sandwich

Frédéric Chopin’s music fits logically between Fauré’s and Schubert’s: The young Chopin, traveling through Vienna in the late 1820s, was very much struck by the piano writing of Franz Schubert, and Fauré’s early music takes off in many ways where Chopin finishes.

The three Chopin works on the program are among his best known. The “Fantaisie” is a highly original piece, most of which is built around various ideas of the march — from funereal to joyous, intimate to militaristic. The C-Minor Nocturne is also based on march-like motifs, but the original material, first treated as an introspective song without words, appears again later in the piece transformed to become agitated and impassioned. The unforgettable A-flat Polonaise, sometimes called “Heroic,” is deservedly famous, with a memorable main theme and a powerful framework of octaves.

Sonata from Schubert

Also on the program is the Sonata in G Major, op. 78 D. 894, by Schubert. Composed in 1826 and published in 1827, the Sonata in G Major was the third and last of his piano sonatas to be published in his lifetime.

“This is music whose depth is a result of an essential simplicity,” Korevaar said.

A master pianist

Korevaar’s mastery of the piano is joined with a large and varied repertoire and enhanced by his work with living composers and his own experience writing music. He successfully balances an active performance career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Korevaar presented his London debut at Wigmore Hall in 2007, as well as his German recital debut at the Heidelberg Spring Festival. He has been heard at major venues in New York, including Weil Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall and Merkin Concert Hall and has performed across the United States from Boston, New York and Washington to Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas and San Diego.

Currently a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet and University of Texas at Dallas’s resident Clavier Trio, Korevaar has performed as guest artist with the Takács, Manhattan and Colorado Quartets. He was a founding member of the Young Concert Artists award-winning piano and wind ensemble Hexagon, with which he toured for many years.

For a complete listing of the Breckenridge Music Festival’s 2014 Encore Winter Concert Series, visit http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.

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