Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Virtuosity vehicle

Series brings powerhouses in classical music to valley


    The Sun Valley Artist Series has announced the lineup for its fifth season, which reveals a number of exciting classical music concerts for the Wood River Valley this winter.  
    On Monday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m., the Claremont Trio will perform a classical music concert that is certain to prove a perfect addition to the holiday season. This will be the second visit to our valley by this talented piano trio from New York. Their sold-out performance here last year was one of the Christmas season’s undeniable highlights.
    On Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., pianist Jerome Rose will take the stage in a virtuoso solo performance that will feature works by romantic and classical music composers including Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert. Rose has been hailed as the “last romantic of our age” and is one of America’s most distinguished pianists.
    On March 13 at 7 p.m., cellist David Requiro will be accompanied by New York pianist Solon Gordon in a performance that will include a moving work for cello written by Frédéric Chopin.
    Requiro, a first-prize winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, is widely considered one of the finest young cellists of our generation.
    On the weekend of April 11-13, the Sun Valley Artist Series will present an inaugural three-day piano festival featuring solo and concerti performances by some of the country’s top pianists. The weekend event will be sure to please piano lovers. Announcements regarding times, venues and performing artists will be released in the coming weeks.
    All concerts will be preceded at 6:15 p.m. by an informal “Meet the Artists” onstage interview hosted by Sun Valley Artist Series Artistic Director Susan Spelius Gannon. People are encouraged to arrive early for this popular addition to the series and get to know the artists before their performance.
    In order to make their concerts and educational programs accessible to schools, to those who are unable to attend the live performances, and for anyone living outside the area, the Sun Valley Artist Series will live-stream its events this season. Online streaming will make the presentations available for anyone worldwide to view free online—either live or later as an archived presentation.
    Tickets for the 2013-2014 season will go on sale online Dec. 1 at www.svartistseries.org. Tickets will also be available at Ketchum bookstores two weeks prior to each individual concert. Adult tickets cost $24 and student tickets cost $10 for each concert. Music students, music teachers and those unable to pay who wish to attend are admitted free to all ticketed events.
    Each month, the Sun Valley Artist Series, in conjunction with the Ketchum Community Library, presents stimulating and informative lectures, video and movie presentations. The first event of the season will be on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., with other monthly presentations to follow. These events are held in the Ketchum Community Library and are free to the general public.
    The Sun Valley Artist Series is an Idaho nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion and encouragement of the art of classical music. Its mission is to enhance the cultural life of the community by presenting a series of quality music concerts each year. It is funded in part by a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jennifer Liebrum: jliebrum@mtexpress.com


Sun Valley Artist Series
Here’s a thumbnail for reference on the upcoming season. For more information, details of educational programs, recital/lectures, master classes, pre-concert talks, and piano seminars, or to check concert times and purchase tickets, please visit www.svartistseries.org or call 725-5807.
Who: The Claremont Trio—Premier piano trio of their generation sought after for virtuoso performances, aesthetic maturity and interpretive depth. Emily Bruskin, on violin, has performed as a soloist with the Virginia, Pacific, Utah and Nashville symphonies and has given recitals across the country and around the world in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the American Academy in Rome, the Kennedy Center and Boston’s Jordan Hall. Julia Bruskin, on cello, has established herself as one of the premier cellists of her generation. Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, she has performed Samuel Barber’s Cello Concerto with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall and has also been soloist with the Nashville Symphony, Utah Symphony, Virginia Symphony and Pacific Symphony, among others. Andrea Lam, on piano, has given more than 70 performances with orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong. Lauded for her “melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence” and “great style and thrilling virtuosity,” she has worked with renowned conductors including Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Michael Christie and Marcus Stenz. Lam was a semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition.
When: Monday, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m.
Website: http://claremonttrio.com

Who: Jerome Rose, pianist—One of America’s most distinguished pianists, Rose has been heard in major concert halls across five continents. A gold medalist from the International Busoni Competition, Rose began his international career in his early 20s. His catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings on Medici Classics includes the Liszt Concerti with the Budapest Philharmonic, Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, the Complete Schumann Sonatas, “Davidsbundlertanze,” and “Kreisleriana,” the Last Three Beethoven Sonatas, and the Complete Ballades & Fantasy of Chopin. The complete Chopin Sonatas are released on Sony. In addition, on Medici Classics are the Schubert Posthumous Sonatas and Wanderer Fantasie; a Liszt album featuring the B minor Sonata, Don Juan Fantasy and Mephisto Waltz; a Brahms recording of Sonata No. 3; and the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. Medici has also issued the re-release of Rose’s Prix du Disque recording of Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimage.”
When: Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
Web: http://www.jeromerose.com/Homepage.aspx

Who: David Requiro, cellist—Requiro, the first-prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, has emerged as one of today’s most promising young cellists. After winning first prize in both the Washington International and the Irving M. Klein String competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó. He has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and other orchestras across the U.S. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng and most recently gave the Dutch premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Sonata for cello and piano at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Requiro is currently Artist in Residence at the University of Puget Sound where he is professor of cello and director of the chamber music program. He has served as artist faculty at the Giverny Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, Maui Classical Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Center Stage Strings. He is also a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City.
When: Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m.
Website: www.davidrequiro.com/Requiro/home.html

Piano Festival April 11-13. Announcements regarding times, venues, schedule and performing artists coming soon.




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