- Colorado College
Friday, June 22 holds a double-feature of sorts. The Festival Artists Concert at Packard Hall prominently features award-winning pianist John Novacek, who, when not performing solo, has essentially flawless collaborative bona fides, having performed with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, and Leila Josefowicz.
The evening will employ the talents of Novacek and others in a small-ensemble program featuring romantic-era composer Moritz Moszkowski’s “Suite for Two Violins and Piano in G minor,” Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever-thrilling suite “Scheherazade,” and Franz Schubert’s popular “Trout Quintet.”
Meanwhile, if those represent the “greatest hits” of the evening, so to speak, the preceding pre-concert recital offers some more adventurous and contemporary fare, including a set of Novacek’s own technically-astounding, ragtime-inspired piano pieces with violinist Steven Copes and a performance of Swiss jazz-steeped composer Daniel Schnyder’s work “subZERO.”
The grand finale of the Summer Music Festival will take place the following night, June 23, at the Cornerstone Arts Center, where Scott Yoo will conduct a program featuring Maurice Ravel’s “Ma Mère l’Oye,” Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor” (featuring the talents of pianist Susan Grace), and Robert Schumann’s first symphonic work, the “Symphony No. 1 in B-flat major,” or, more concisely, the “Spring Symphony.”
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