San Juan Chamber MusicFest
You've probably noticed that you're on the web site of the Wright Opera House and not the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild. That's because they've had a small technical issue with their site, so we're pitching in to help out. Let's face it, technical issues do happen.
The San Juan Chamber MusicFest, our flagship event, happens this week! The annual MusicFest features a small group of musicians of international renown, under the artistic direction of pianist Max Levinson, who come to Ouray County in the late summer each year, producing a number of concerts and events throughout Ouray County.
This year's Chamber MusicFest takes place from Wednesday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 24.
MusicFest concerts showcase the full repertoire of chamber music classics by the great composers, as well as more contemporary and lesser-known pieces.
Programs this year include an informal Classical Café featuring music from around the world, a free family concert with “Professor Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry”, a traditional classical concert at the Wright Opera House featuring the music of great Eastern European composers Dohnanyi, Bartok and Dvorak, master classes, and an intimate dinner salon concert in a private home.
Levinson, as artistic director, is a constant presence at MusicFest with his sparkling piano virtuosity. The San Fransisco Chronicle has proclaimed him “one of the brightest, most intellectually fearless pianists of his generation.”
Each year, Levinson selects several guest musicians to perform with him at MusicFest. This year's guest musicians included violinist Nurit Pacht and classical guitarist Vami Ramos, who will perform the Giuliani Duo for Violin and Guitar with Pacht (his wife) at the dinner salon concert as well as portraying "Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry" in a delightfully whimsical family concert. Student musicians Julia Yang on cello and Emily Brandenburg on viola complete the ensemble this year.
- Wednesday, Aug. 20 – Cafe Concert: "Music from Around the World" 7:30 -- 4-H Center. $40 ticket holders are welcome at 6:15 for appetizers and one glass of wine (booze by 4-H); $25 ticket holders can come at 7 p.m. for concert only and can buy their own beverages
- Thursday, Aug. 21 -- Master Classes, 1 p.m. -- Ouray County 4-H Event Center
- Friday, Aug 22nd -- Concert at the Wright -- "Slavic Soul: Music from Eastern Europe -- 7:30 - Wright Opera House -- $25 and $5
- Saturday, Aug 23rd -- Family Concert at the Wright -- With Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry -- 2:00 -- By Donation
- Sunday, Aug. 24th -- Dinner Salon at Log Hill Home -- 5:00 -- "Summer Serenade" $80. (Sold out.)
"Cafe Concert" Music from Around the World to include Beethoven "Eyeglasses" Duo and Mozart G minor Piano Quartet, Chopin's famous "Military" Polonaise and a solo guitar piece from Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos
Opera House: Slavic Soul: Music from Eastern Europe
Dohnanyi Serenade for Strings
Bartok "Out of Doors" Suite
Dvorak Piano Quartet in E-flat
Salon Concert: Summer Serenade
Giuliani Duo for Violin and Guitar
Brahms PIano Quartet in A major
Master Class Information
One of the best things about the San Juan Chamber MusicFest each year is when our guest musicians meet with local music students to offer master classes.
This year, classes will be offered by pianist Max Levinson, violinist Nurit Pacht, classical guitarist Rami Vamos, violist Emily Brandenburg and cellist Julia Yang. Master classes take place on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at the 4-H Event Center in Ridgway.
We are looking for serious students of all ages – both children and adults. Students need to be prepared to play something (not necessarily memorized) for critique. Lessons last about 20 minutes. A $20 donation is suggested.