19-03-13 ARTS Parker & Friedmann

Classical musicians Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker team up for their first recital tour.

Though the month is less than half done, the Argyros has already had a busy March, packing in Dan Hoyle’s one man show “Border People,” a performance by valley favorites Time for Three and a special visit by Cuban jazz duo Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez, all before hosting screenings and events for the Sun Valley Film Festival, which starts today.

Just a few days after the festival wraps up, the performing arts center will resume its inaugural Argyros Presents series.

After more than 20 years of marriage, classical musicians Aloysia Friedmann and Jon Kimura Parker are finally embarking upon their first recital tour together. As part of this tour, which takes them across the United States and Canada, the duo will light up the Argyros on Thursday, March 21.

Friedmann, a violinist, and Parker, a pianist, have both performed in the Wood River area before, alongside the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the former as a member of the orchestra and the latter as a featured soloist.

Parker expressed excitement at the prospect of returning to the valley next week, and teased a dynamic set list.

“We want the program to reflect that we are classical musicians,” Parker said, “but we also happen to love playing short song pieces, lighter pieces, maybe some that are a little more recognizable.”

Indeed, their program for the night at the Argyros wanders cheerfully through musical eras and genres.

The first phase of the performance features longer compositions by Johannes Brahms and Frédéric Chopin. Following the intermission, the pair will pack in seven pieces by six composers, highlighting a much greater variety of music. In the second half of the evening, Chopin’s “Prelude” in D minor immediately precedes Scott Joplin’s “Solace,” which Parker describes as his “favorite of all [Joplin’s] rags.”

Both accomplished professional concert musicians, Parker and Friedmann have collectively recorded 11 CDs, play dozens of concerts a year—Parker says he has personally scaled back to about 50 annual performances, down from a usual 125—and organize and perform in musical festivals across the continent.

“We both do a lot of different things as musicians,” said Parker, who is also a professor at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. “It makes life more interesting.”

On top of all her regular performances, Friedmann also acts as artistic director of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, set each year on the island off the coast of Washington.

Despite nearly constant travelling—Parker has played in China, South Korea, Italy, Slovakia and Iceland, just to name a few out of his near-exhaustive catalog of past venues—the pair still managed to raise a family.

Given their extremely busy schedules, it should perhaps come as no surprise that they never found the time before to tour together.

Wood River Valley audiences will have the opportunity to witness this world-class duo at the Argyros next week. The concert will commence at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Argyros, 120 Main St. S. in Ketchum.

Tickets range in price from $25 to $125 and can be purchased online or by calling 208-726-7872.

Visit theargyros.org for more information.

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