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Winter glows with chamber music

SILVERTHORNE – With a name like Alpenglow, the reddish, warm glow of the chamber music festival should last longer than a handful of days in August. And now it does.

The Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival presents its first winter program at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Since its inception in 1998, the Alpenglow festival has offered chamber concerts, open rehearsals and private benefit soirees during a 10-day period in mid-August. The principal goal of the festival is to perform the great masterpieces of chamber music at the highest level for young people and those who might not otherwise experience the music.

The winter concert features works by Bohuslav Martinu, Ludwig van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.



Martinu’s “Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola,” written in 1948, has a flashy style, true to its Hungarian roots. The three short movements are light and playful, especially in the outer movements, with a lyrical middle movement. Co-artistic director and violinist Steven Copes and violist Dov Scheindlin perform the piece.

Copes, Scheindlin and cellist Suren Bagratuni perform Beethoven’s “String Trio in G Major.” Beethoven was one of the first composers to perfect the string trio format, and the 25-minute piece ranges in temperament throughout the four movements.



“In general, this piece has an incredible amount of temperament – which people know Beethoven for – and very introverted lyricism. It has a lot of sense of humor as well as temperament. Along with Beethoven’s bad temper, he had a great sense of humor,” Copes said.

Mozart’s “Clarinet Quintet in A Major” is one of the pieces for which Mozart is most famous.

“It’s a big piece,” Copes said. “This is just the most heavenly piece in the world.”

The two co-artistic directors of the festival, Copes and clarinetist Bil Jackson join cellist Bagratuni, violinist Elizabeth Larson and violist Scheindlin in the concert.

Copes is the concertmaster of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the Caramoor Virtuosi, the Colorado Symphony, the Curtis and Juilliard symphonies and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. Jackson enjoys a varied musical career, which includes solo, orchestral and chamber music performances. He is the principal clarinet of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Chamber Symphony.

Bagratuni won the silver medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition and has performed throughout the former Soviet Union, Europe and the United States. He is a professor of cello at Michigan State University.

Larson is the only musician of the quintet who didn’t perform at the Alpenglow festival last summer. She has performed as a soloist since she was 7 years old and has performed internationally. In 1998, she performed as a concerto soloist at the Denver Performing Arts Center.

Scheindlin is the violist with the Arditti String Quartet, which specializes in 20th century music and performs throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Tickets for the concert are $15 and may be purchased by calling (970) 468-4774. A soiree, including an art show from the Boulder Gallery of Mary Williams Fine Art, wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres at a private Keystone home, takes place Friday, March 7. Tickets are $60.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival

Winter event:

– When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6

– Where: Silverthorne Pavilion


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