In yesterday’s (7/16) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes about the Colorado Music Festival and its piano-themed “mini-festival” beginning on July 19. “After the Colorado Music Festival scored a big hit last summer by performing all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies in an eight-day span of five concerts, the big question for 2009 became, ‘What next?’ ” Soloists scheduled to perform at the June-to-August festival are Jie Chen, Jon Nakamatsu, Natasha Paremski, Spencer Myer, and Orion Weiss. Music Director Michael Christie paired piano works with other works by the same composer—Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with selections from Peer Gynt, Mozart’s final Piano Concerto (No. 27) with his final opera overture from La Clemenza di Tito and final symphony, No. 41. “The big trick has been how to orient the rehearsal schedule to make sure we’re not all completely frazzled at the end,” Christie says in the article. “But I think it’s going to be a really neat journey.” The orchestra for the Colorado Music Festival is made up of musicians from various U.S. orchestras.

Posted July 17, 2009