OURAY COUNTY – The San Juan Chamber MusicFest is right around the corner, bringing almost a week’s worth of breathtaking classical music to venues throughout Ouray County, from Aug. 20-24.
In addition to the stellar line-up of concerts, one of the highlights of MusicFest each year is when the festival’s guest musicians donate their time to teach master classes to local music students.
This year’s master classes take place on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center in Ridgway. The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild invites serious music students of all ages from Ouray County and throughout the region to participate in this unique opportunity to learn from a world-class professional concert musician.
Classes will be offered in piano, violin, cello, viola and classical guitar. Students of all ages – both children and adults – are welcome to participate, and should be prepared to play something (not necessarily memorized) for critique. Lessons last about 20 minutes. A $20 donation is suggested, and preregistration is required.
If you or someone you know would be interested in participating, contact OCPAG at 970/764-7438 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with SJCMF Master Classes in the subject line.
The annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest, now in its 11th season, is the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild’s flagship event. The line-up for this year’s Fest includes an informal Classical Cafe on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Ouray County 4-H Event Center, featuring favorite classical pieces from around the world; a traditional classical concert on Friday, Aug. 22 at the newly restored Wright Opera House, featuring the music of great eastern European composers Dohnanyi, Bartok and Dvorak; a free family concert with “Professor Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry” on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 23 at the Wright Opera House; and a sold-out “Summer Serenade” dinner salon concert in a private home on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Max Levinson, as SJCMF artistic director, is a constant presence at MusicFest with his sparkling piano virtuosity. The San Francisco 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 guests include renowned concert violinist Nurit Pacht, classical guitarist and music educator Rami Vamos, and outstanding graduate student musicians Julia Yang on cello and Emily Brandenburg on viola.
For tickets and more information about the musicians, visit www.ocpag.org.