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Spring soiree launches 18th season of Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival

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What: “An Evening with the Artistic Directors,” a special spring soiree to open the 18th season of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6

Where: Private home in Silverthorne (attendees will receive directions after ticket purchase)

Cost: $75 per person, limited seating

More information: Visit http://www.alpenglowchambermusic.org, or call (970) 797-4999.

As a preview to the fall festival season, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival will present “An Evening with the Artistic Directors” on Saturday, June 6, at 7 p.m. This special spring soiree will be held in a private home in Silverthorne.

Artistic directors Rieko Aizawa, piano, and Jesse Mills, violin, will perform music by Debussy and Brahms, and light refreshments will be served following the performance. Seating is limited, but tickets are still available at $75 each. Attendees will receive directions to the home after purchasing their tickets.

The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival also will host “An Evening with Doo-Wop Denny” as another lead-up to the chamber music festival on Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m. at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place in Frisco. Light refreshments will be served after this performance, as well, and tickets are $25 each.

Festival in September

The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival’s 18th season will run from Saturday, Sept. 12, through Saturday, Sept. 19. In addition to Aizawa on piano and Mills on violin, the musicians include Ilana Davidson, soprano; Bart Feller, flute; Raman Ramakrishnan, cello; Zohar Schondorf, horn; and Dan Lippel, guitar. As in past years, there will be two public concerts, the first at Colorado Mountain College’s Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium in Breckenridge on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m., and the second at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.

There also will be two additional soirees held in private homes in Summit County. The first soiree will be on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., and the second will be on Friday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. Each event will have a different program, providing an opportunity to hear four evenings of listening to diverse music performed by talented musicians. Tickets for the public concerts are $20 per person (free for students), and soiree tickets are $75 per person.

The musicians will again offer a special free workshop for Summit County students during the festival week. Students will learn more about the festival workshop in the fall after details have been worked out with the school.

For more information and to purchase tickets for any of the above-listed concerts, visit the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival website, http://www.alpenglowchamber music.org, or call (970) 797-4999.

About Alpenglow

Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals Inc. is an active nonprofit arts organization that is dedicated to improving the quality of life and enhancing the cultural life for residents of and visitors to Summit County and Colorado by providing quality programs of chamber music performed by nationally and internationally acclaimed musical artists. Alpenglow also promotes an appreciation of chamber music through education, outreach and audience development, offering access to concerts with affordable prices, developing the artistic and technical proficiency of Summit students and encouraging local music students with scholarship awards.

The festival traces its roots back to 1998, when two distinguished musicians from the Colorado Symphony set out to start a chamber music festival: concertmaster Steven Copes, currently the concertmaster of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, and principal clarinetist, Bil Jackson, currently a professor at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Local audiences embraced the event, joining Copes and Jackson’s musicianship with their passion for music.

Alpenglow has continued on its musical journey through many changes. Originally titled Music from the Summit, it was renamed Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival and was eventually handed over to the artistic directors’ colleague, cellist Edward Arron. Over the course of the next several years, Arron kept building Alpenglow, allowing it to reach the high place where it is today. In 2010, Aizawa, Arron’s colleague and friend and a participant in the festival every year since it opened, assumed leadership for the festival with another close friend of Arron’s, longtime Alpenglow violinist Jesse Mills.

Since 1998, Aizawa has strongly believed in what Copes, Jackson and Arron have brought to Alpenglow. Along with Mills, who is also her husband, she is eager to continue to bring the highest quality to Alpenglow and to share the joy of music. Aizawa and Mills feel that it is important to reach out to the younger generation, and they do so through providing workshops for local students each year. Their goal is to let Alpenglow keep growing, nurtured by the community, so that people of all ages can appreciate the arts together.

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