Summit Right Brain: Violinist plays Valentine’s concert in Breckenridge
IF YOU GO
What: Summit Music and Arts presents violinist Jerilyn Jorgensen and pianist Cullan Bryant
When: Sunday, Feb. 14; 3 p.m. Local visual artist exhibit, paintings by Amy Evans ~ www.amyevansart.com; 4 p.m. “Love is... a Work of Art” Concert — champagne & wine cash bar ~ chocolate desserts
Where: Colorado Mountain College, Finkel Auditorium; 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Purchase tickets online at summitmusicandarts.org or call 970-389-5788. Students 18 and under are free.
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A member of the performance faculty of Colorado College, violinist Jeri Jorgensen will perform in Summit County this weekend. “Love is … a Work of Art” Valentine’s Day Concert is presented by Summit Music and Arts and will bring her as well as pianist Cullan Bryant to Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. The program includes Sonata No.6 in A, Op. 30 No.1 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Sonata, Op. 11 No. 2 by Paul Hindemith; and Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18 by Richard Strauss. Jorgensen holds bachelor of music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School as well as a master of music degree from Juilliard. She was first violinist of the Da Vinci Quartet from 1980 to 2004, as well as a finalist in the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition.
Summit Daily News: Where do you draw your inspiration from when it comes to your music?
Jeri Jorgensen: Inspiration comes from the music itself.
SDN: What is your first strong memory of knowing you wanted to be a performer?
JJ: When I was younger, I was drawn to the exterior rewards of performing: You get to dress up, everyone applauds, you get lots of attention and have a feeling of importance and specialness. But over time, you lose your egoism, and you learn that taking your pride in those things with you onto the stage is worse than useless because it is replaced by fear. I stopped feeling ambiguous about being a performer when conveying the message of the composer became more important than my own feelings of success.
SDN: Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
JJ: Continuing to be an active performer, educator and mentor to young people
SDN: What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
JJ: Practice. Look for meaning in everything you play. Listen to recordings, go to concerts. Don’t be competitive. Make friends with your peers, do projects together, help each other.
SDN: What can people expect from the concert next week?
JJ: We are playing pieces from three different musical style periods Classical, 20th Century and Romantic. You can expect to have a journey through changing landscapes of sound, character and emotion.
SDN: What are you most looking forward to with the concert?
JJ: Creating a musical interpretation with my wonderful artistic partner, the incomparable pianist Cullan Bryant.
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