Friday, July 24, 2009

Chamber music coming to Pavilion

Series highlights Sun Valley Symphony’s principal players


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Guest pianist Jon Nakamatsu returns to Sun Valley to play in the 2009 Edgar M. Bronfman Chamber Music Series at the Sun Valley Pavilion.

This year, the Edgar Bronfman Chamber Music Series will play the Sun Valley Pavilion to celebrate its 15th year. Until this year, performances have been at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.

The series, founded by Bronfman, is directed by Steven Honigberg. The free performances begin Monday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. and will continue Wednesday, July 29, and Friday, July 31. The pavilion will open at 5:30 p.m. for seating. Picnics are welcome on the lawn.

"Pianist Jon Nakamatsu has been brought back not just because he is a great pianist, but because there is a great deal of value for the same people to play together when playing chamber music," said Jennifer Teisinger, executive director of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. "This is true of any art form. As an audience member, you need to feel the mood. There is a difference when five players know each other."

The series will include feature Nakamatsu on Monday, July 27, and Wednesday, July 29. In addition, Orli Shaham will be a guest pianist on the final chamber performance on Friday, July 31.

Shaham and her older brother Gil, who has performed twice with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, have collaborated on several recordings. Shaham will make her first Sun Valley appearance on Friday, July 31, performing Paul Moravec's "Mood Swings."

For details, visit svsummersymphony.com.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com

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Performance schedule

Monday, July 27

Traditional/Rimelis, "The Star Spangled Banner."

Handel/Halvorsen, Passacaglia from Suite No. 7 in G Minor.

Brahms, Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34.

Wednesday, July 29

Rachmaninoff, Trio Elégiaque No. 1 in G Minor.

Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Opus 73.

Friday, July 31

Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D Major, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden."

Paul Moravec, "Mood Swings."




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