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Pianist opens BMI’s season

Austin Diaz

SILVERTHORNE – Robin Sutherland would like to put a face to classical music.”If you can put a face on something you humanize it,” Sutherland said. “Historically, if you humanize something, people are more comfortable with it.”And Sutherland would like people to be more comfortable so they can better enjoy classical music. Sutherland’s been tickling the piano keys since slightly before his fourth birthday. He attended a day school at the University of Northern Colorado, where the head of the piano department caught him playing.”I only remember what I’ve been told of course, but that day apparently the head of the department said, ‘I need to start working with him,'” Sutherland said. He stayed with the same teacher until he left for the Julliard School of Music.He’s never known a time when he couldn’t read music.”And I’ve never known a time when I thought about doing anything else,” he said. “Which is good because it’s about the only thing I can do, or so my friends tell me.”Never experiencing a forced moment with music, Sutherland says he was always practicing, and claims to be somewhat old-fashioned.”I love Bach and I love Mozart,” he said. “I like them because it’s well ordered and it provides for me a sense of order in a world that seems increasingly bent on denying order.”On Tuesday, Sutherland will perform two Brahms rhapsodies, a sonata and a quartet. The program will be dedicated to the memory of Sutherland’s companion, Jose Padgett.Though he has mastered some of the longest compositions in the classical repertoire, Sutherland does not delve into his own music composition.”I have nothing to say, but I champion people who do have things to say,” Sutherland said. “It’s a total symbiotic relationship; you need the composer, the performer and audience.”If these three pieces fall in place, Sutherland says, you have the makings of a great experience.”That’s what I continually strive for,” he said. “I’d really like the room to be full.”Austin Diaz can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 251, or at adiaz@summitdaily.com

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