by Derald DeYoung
Vadim Gluzman, a world class Ukrainian-born Israeli violin virtuoso and artist in residence at CMF will be both soloist and conductor of the orchestra from the concertmaster’s chair at this first concert. Gluzman has appeared with many of the major orchestras in this country and Europe. He plays on a Stradivari violin from 1690 previous owned by the famous violinist Leopold Auer.
Gluzman will perform the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 with the orchestra as well as Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue in C minor which he will conduct from the concertmaster’s chair.
The Violin Concerto is typically Mozart in its rich outpouring of melody in the first movement. The slow second movement is followed by a finale movement of dance like and folkish sounding melodies.
The concert will open with music by the Russian 20th century composer, Alfred Schnittke. His Suite in the Old Style which was originally written for violin and piano will be played in a version for string orchestra. This suite which is in five short movements entitled, Pastorale, Ballet, Minuet, Fugue and Pantomime, is in a very accessible style for the listener.
The program will conclude with Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony. Shostakovich is the most renowned Russian composer of the 20th century. The Chamber Symphony is a version of his string quartet No. 8 which he wrote in 3 days in 1960. It quotes from six of his own previous works and includes the four-note motto that stood for his initials as well as quoting themes from Tchaikovsky and Wagner. This is an extremely powerful work which elicits a great emotional response. This concert has great variety and will be a stimulating beginning to the three summer orchestral concerts.
This will be another outstanding series of summer concerts in Estes Park. Tickets: Individual concert tickets: $30 each (cash or check). Children and students admitted free. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Macdonald Book Shop, 152 E. Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park or at the Festival business office located at Hobert Office Services, 1140 Manford Ave., Suite A, Estes Park (970) 586-9519. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.estesparkmusicfestival.org. A processing fee is applied to all credit and/or debit card purchases.
Every concert series needs an excellent venue and the beautiful Stanley Hotel is the perfect mountain setting. We are grateful to the Stanley Hotel Management and staff for their incredible support and generosity. Thank you to Bob’s Piano Service, our series sponsors, the Safeway Foundation and Chevron Humankind Program.
Additional parking is available next to the Concert Hall and behind the Stanley Hotel.
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