Opening weekend: “high-profile guests, big orchestral pieces, variety, intensity”
By Peter Alexander
The opening weekend of the Colorado Music Festival’s 40th anniversary season, Thursday, June 29 through Sunday, July 2, will set the pattern for the entire 2017 season.
“It will be a microcosm of the whole festival,” music director Jean-Marie Zeitouni says. “A variety of repertoire, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, 20th-century, high-profile guest soloists, big orchestral pieces, variety, intensity; it sums it all.”
The opening concert will feature pianist Olga Kern playing two Russian concertos: Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Framing Kern’s solo turns will be Shostakovich’s Festival Overture, and Rachmaninoff’s deeply Romantic Symphony No. 2 in E minor.
Kern will also appear in a solo recital of American and Russian music on July 1, featuring Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Balakirev and several pieces by Gershwin. The next day, CMF founding director Giora Bernstein returns to Boulder for the first time in 10 years to conduct the CMF chamber orchestra.
“The greatest satisfaction is that (CMF) really has established itself,” Bernstein says. “To see it 40 years (after its founding) is just wonderful.”
The first weeks of the festival culminate with performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Thursday and Friday, July 13 and 14.
“It’s basically right in the middle of the festival so it’s a way to mark a certain apex,” Zeitouni says.
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Colorado Music Festival (Classical Concerts through July 14)
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, music director
Opening Night, Festival Orchestra, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor: Olga Kern Plays Rachmaninoff, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29
Olga Kern solo recital: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1
Mozart with CMF Founder Giora Bernstein and CMF Chamber Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2
“All-American” concert, Festival Orchestra with conductor Cristian Măcelaru and violinist Elina Vähälä: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6
Young People’s Concert, directed by Scott Terrell: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8
Chamber Music: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8,
Beethoven’s Ninth, Festival Orchestras, Jean-Marie Zeitoun, conductor: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13
Fresh Fridays – Beethoven’s Ninth: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 14
Chamber Orchestra with Pianist Stewart Goodyear: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16
All performances in the Chautauqua Auditorium
Sounds like a great program. Wish we could be there. I look forward to your vivid and insightful commentary. Lee