Monthly Archives: March 2013
Here at Strings Music Festival we are getting excited for another summer of concerts in Steamboat. Our 2013 brochure hit the mailboxes this week and tickets go on sale in less than two weeks.
One of the artists that people are most excited about is Kenny Loggins, who will perform live at the Strings Music Pavilion on July 19. While he’s most known for groovy, upbeat songs like “Footloose,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and “Danger Zone,” I chose a mellow, softer one for the song of the week. “House at Pooh Corner” has sentimental meaning for me as it is a song from the camp I went to for 13 years. When I hear it I’m reminded of starry nights, campfire smoke in my eyes and roasting marshmallows.
If you’re as excited as us for the upcoming season, start listening to the 2013 music by subscribing to Strings Music Festival’s Spotify playlist. You’ll find samples from all of the programs happening throughout the summer. Be sure to come back on April 10th to be the first to buy your tickets.
Mozart composed 27 piano concertos in his lifetime, and Number 17 was one of six piano concertos written in the same year. As a pianist and a wind player, this concerto highlights some of my favorite instruments. During this time period, string instruments typically carried the melody while the piano was resting. However, in this concerto, the flute, oboes and bassoons play the lead roll while the strings become backup voices.
One of the most delightful aspects of Mozart’s music is his ability to engage the listener. Even if you don’t know a piece, his easily recognizable melodies make you want to hum along, nod your head and tap your toes. In fact, the theme on Piano Concerto Number 17 is so easy to repeat, that Mozart taught his pet starling to sing the first five bars.
Here you can see an excerpt from the concerto, performed by Menahem Pressler. You can listen to the entire work on Spotify at Strings Music Festival.
Steamboat Springs Live Music
Pianist Menahem Pressler will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto Number 17 at Strings Music Festival on June 30th. Tickets for the concert will go on sale Wednesday, April 10th at 10:00am Mountain Daylight Time. Order your tickets online or call the Box Office at (970) 879-5056 x 105.
“Pressler’s ability to give all the voices prominence while simultaneously isolating the melody was amazing. His fingers still retain a youthful facility.” –The Washington Post
At the age of 89, world renowned pianist Menahem Pressler has been performing for nearly six decades. And his long career is not over yet, as he continues to hold a rigorous performance schedule with orchestras around the world. In one interview he expresses his appreciation to still be able to play: “At my age, I seem to be not getting tired. That is my own miracle. That I can sit there for five hours and rehearse and practice.”
While he is famous for his solo piano performances, Pressler actually started out playing the violin, and his brother took piano lessons. But frequently his brother would be too tired to play, so Pressler took his brother’s spot at the piano. Eventually his mother told him it was time to choose one instrument or the other, and he chose to pursue the piano.
Menahem Pressler also founded the Beaux Arts Trio, which performed for an impressive 53 years. The Washington Post wrote, “since its founding more than 50 years ago, the Beaux Arts Trio has become the gold standard for trios throughout the world.” Among the trio’s many accomplishments are winning Gramophone Record of the Year, a Grammy nomination for recording music by Spanish composers, and being inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.
While Pressler was performing solo piano concerts, he never lost sight of his passion for teaching. Read More…
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