Summit County: BMF performances this week
The Breckenridge Music Festival is pleased to present a special concert at Warren Station in Keystone at 7:30 tonight that will feature a program of music with the brass players of the BMF Orchestra. Included in the evening’s entertainment will be arrangements of Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Clarke’s Prince of Denmark’s March. The concert is preceded by a sold-out “A Taste for Music” pre-concert dinner at The Ranch restaurant in Keystone.
Always a favorite with summer festival audiences, the brass players of the BMF match great music with a great deal of fun and information for an evening of musical entertainment. A highlight of this concert will be an all-brass arrangement of Appalachian Spring, one of Aaron Copland’s most familiar works. Known for pioneering a quintessentially American musical style that evokes the national spirit of the past century, Copland paints musical pictures that evoke scenes of an American aesthetic. His Appalachian Spring sets a scene of simple pastoral beauty, and expands and develops the view through a series of variations on the classic Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts.”
Join the brass players of the BMF Orchestra as they “Blow their Horns” at the Warren Station Center for the Arts. For tickets ($30 adults, $10 students, $7 children/youth) call the Keystone Mountain Concierge at 1-800-354-4386 or (970) 496-4386.
The BMF is pleased to present another exciting night of chamber music, “Eight is Enough,” featuring the music of Stravinsky, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. The program will consist of an array of BMF musicians performing in three different octets: Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, Beethoven’s Octet for Winds in E Flat Major, and Mendelssohn’s Octet in E Flat Major.
Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, premiered in 1923, is one of the earliest compositions of the neo-classical period of Stravinsky’s life, a period in which he re-examined the ideals of 18th-century masters such as Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. The octet is rhythmically complex and extremely diverse in its influences, drawing from Gregorian chant, Haydn Symphonies, and Bach’s Two-part Inventions.
Despite the high opus number, the Octet for Winds in E Flat Major is still considered early for Beethoven. Composed between the years of 1792-1793, the work precedes almost all of his most well-known compositions. This particular octet is fairly reminiscent of Beethoven’s ties to the patronage system, a system in which musicians were hired by royal court to compose or perform, often in a salaried position. Interestingly enough, this is the very system in which Beethoven fought so hard to destroy, establishing a lasting independence between composer and royalty.
Mendelssohn’s Octet in E Flat Major is breathtakingly elegant, a work which he considered the favorite of all his compositions. Even more impressive is the fact that it was composed in 1825, when Mendelssohn was all of 16 years old. It is widely considered the most outstanding major composition in the entire history of music by one so young, far surpassing comparable efforts of such famous child prodigies as Mozart or Schubert.
For tickets ($25, $30, $35 adults, $10 students, $7 juniors) call (970) 547-3100 or log onto http://www.breckenridgemusicfestival.com.
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