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Beethoven Festival is stacked with concerts and workshops

Young Artist Institute offered this year

The Park City Beethoven Festival will start its 34th summer season of concerts and workshops when Park City celebrates the Fourth of July, said Leslie Harlow, director of the Park City Beethoven Festival.

"The concert will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Miners Park," Harlow told The Park Record. "The concert is free, and anyone who is out on Main Street is welcome to bring a picnic or leftovers from lunch and join us."

The performance will include Harlow, who is a violist, her husband Russell on clarinet, cellists Cheung Chau and Jeffrey Solow, and violinist Blanka Bednarz, all of whom will teach at the Beethoven Festival's Young Artist Institute, which will host two sessions that will run during the Festival.

"Not all of the faculty will be in town at that time, but the artists who will be here for this performance will be plenty," Harlow said. "We also have so much music that we are in no danger of being at a loss."

Harlow said she has a special place in her heart for Miners Park.

"We love Miners Park for many reasons, but one reason is because we donated to have the miner statue there," she said.

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The Beethoven Festival will continue its concert schedule on Thursday, July 6, at Park City Community Church.

The program will feature Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano; Handel's Concerto for Clarinet and Strings; and Brahms, Op. 18 Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos.

"For the most part, we'll perform Thursdays at the Community Church and Sundays at Temple Har Shalom, and free concerts in City Park on Mondays," Harlow said.

There will also be a performance in Orem at the Orem Library on Wednesday, July 19.

"We're doing that one because Utah Valley University is sponsoring one of our artists and faculty members, violinist Stephanie Chase, to be here," Harlow said.

Chase is a Tchaikovsky Competition winner and has appeared with more than 170 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the London Symphony.

Harlow said the musicians who are who are invited to participate in the Beethoven Festival are the result of networking.

"Cheung had performed with Stephanie in Pennsylvania, and he talked to her about our festival, and she was interested in coming," Harlow said. "I had actually contacted her some years before, but we couldn't get the schedules lined up. Cheung talked with her last year, and we were able to do it."

Chase will be the featured artist during the Beethoven Festival's Gala Salon concert on July 22. (See accompanying schedule titled “Park City Beethoven Festival schedule”).

"Stephanie will also give two master classes for Young Artist Institute students," Harlow said.

The first one will be held on July 15 at the Homestead in Midway.

"The Homestead has been very generous," Harlow said. "Not only will the students and most of the faculty be housed there, the resort even provided a venue called the Pavilion, where the students can rehearse and perform daily. They turned the room over to us for the time."

The Institute is an intensive program where young artists learn from world-renowned faculty, rehearse and perform chamber music, hone their solo skills, participate in master classes and network.

"Years ago, the Park City Beethoven Festival featured a Young Artist Institute but we stopped doing it for a few years," Harlow said. "We decided to bring it back this year."

The Institute is offering two sessions: July 5-10 and July 11-16.

"We have 19 students who have signed up, and some of them will stay for both sessions," Harlow said.

The Institute students are scheduled to perform two concerts during the Beethoven Festival.

The first will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, and the second will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 16. Both shows will take place at Temple Har Shalom.

"These two concerts will be performed for 45 minutes to an hour before the Artist Showcases, which will feature our Beethoven Festival musicians," Harlow said. "So, people can come early and enjoy the young artists."

The second master class Chase will teach will be on July 19 in Orem.

"That will be after the Institute classes end, but some of the students who live in Utah will still be here, so we decided to do a second master class," Harlow said.

Another new guest artist and Young Artist Institute faculty member this year is bassist Erik Harris from the St. Louis Symphony. Harris will teach during the second session.

"We originally wanted to ask Thomas Zera, who performs with the Utah Symphony to teach, but found he was on sabbatical," Harlow said. "Thom recommended Erik, who was named one of the 100 Most Noted Alumni from Juilliard.

"Erik's wife is from Utah originally, so he knows Utah and Park City and thought it would be fun to come teach during the second session."

In addition, the Beethoven Festival will welcome guest resident artist Edith Pena, a pianist from Spain.

"She will be here because she and Simon Gollo are going to record a CD in Switzerland later," Harlow said. "This will give them the opportunity to rehearse the music here during the festival. She will rehearse, but also perform some concerts with us. It's fun for us to offer an artist residency."

Park City Beethoven Festival will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at Miner's Park on Main Street. The festival will then continue its summer season throughout July and August. For information and tickets, visit http://beethovenfestivalutah.org.
Park City Beethoven Festival schedule Schedule subject to change Compiled by Scott Iwasaki carousel

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students unless otherwise noted. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting beethovenfestivalutah.org.

Park City Beethoven Festival schedule

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students unless otherwise noted. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by visiting beethovenfestivalutah.org. The schedule is subject to change.

  • July 4 — Concert at Miners Park, 4 p.m., Historic Main Street, free
  • July 6 — Artist Showcase Concert, 7:30 p.m., Park City Community Church, 4501 S.R. 224.Program: Sonata for Violin and Piano by Franck; Concerto by Handel for Clarinet and Strings; Brahms Op. 18 Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos.Artists: violinists Simon Gollo, Monte Belknap, Donna Fairbanks and Blanka Bednarz; violist  Leslie Harlow; cellists Jeffrey Solow and Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; and pianist Edith Peña.
  • July 9 — Pre concert showcase with the Beethoven Festival Young Artists Institute, 3 p.m. Artist Showcase Concert, 4 p.m., Temple Har Shalom, 3700 North Brookside Court.Program: Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 No 5; Taneyev “Canzonetta” for Clarinet and Strings; Clarinet Quintet by Lloyd Livengood; Schubert Quintet for Two Violins, Viola and Two Cellos.Artists: violinists Simon Gollo, Donna Fairbanks, Monte Belknap and Blanka Bednarz; violist Leslie Harlow; cellists Jeffrey Solow and Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; and pianist Edith Peña.
  • July 10 — Chamber Music in the Park, 6 p.m., City Park, free
  • July 13 — Artist Showcase Concert, 7:30 p.m., Park City Community Church 4501 Highway 224.Program: Beethoven Trio Op. 11 for Clarinet, Cello and Piano; Dvorak Quintet Op. 77 for Two Violins, Viola, Cello and Bass; Tchaikovsky String Sextet “Souvenir of Florence.”Artists: violinists Monte Belknap, Simon Gollo, Donna Fairbanks and Blanka Bednarz; violist Leslie Harlow; cellists Jeffrey Solow and Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; pianist Edith Peña; bassist Erik Harris.
  • July 16 — Pre concert showcase with the Beethoven Festival Young Artists Institute, 3 p.m., Artist Showcase concert, 4 p.m., at Temple Har Shalom, 3700 Brookside CourtProgram: Finzi Clarinet Concerto First Movement Glazunov Quintet for Two Violins, Viola and Two Cellos; Faure Quartet in C Minor for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano; Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins in B.Artists: violinists Stephanie Chase, Simon Gollo, Blanka Bednarz, Monte Belknap and Donna Fairbank; violist Leslie Harlow; cellists Jeffrey Solow and Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; pianist Edith Peña; and bassist Erik Harris.
  • July 17 — Chamber Music in the Park, 6 p.m., City Park, free
  • July 19 — Artist Showcase Concert, 7:30 p.m., Orem Library, 58 State St., Orem, free.Program: Mozart Duo for Violin and Viola; Mozart Clarinet Quintet; Dvorak “Dumke” Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano.Artists: violinists Stephanie Chase, Donna Fairbanks and Blanka Bednarz; violist Leslie Harlow; cellist Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; and pianist Doris Stevenson.
  • July 20 — Artist Showcase Concert, 7:30 p.m., Park City Community Church, 4501 S.R. 224.Program: Mozart Clarinet Quintet; Dvorak “Dumke” Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano; Violin and piano salon works featuring Stephanie Chase.Artists: violinists Stephanie Chase, Blanka Bednarz and Donna Fairbanks; violist Leslie Harlow; cellist Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; and pianist Doris Stevenson.
  • July 22 — Gala Salon concert and dinner buffet, 7:30 p.m., private home.Program: The Beethoven Festival of Park City will present Stephanie Chase, internationally acclaimed concert violinist and medalist in the Tchaikovsky Competition. She will be joined by violinists Donna Fairbanks and Blanka Bednar; violist Leslie Harlow; cellist Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; and pianist Doris Stevenson. The event alternates sumptuous courses with virtuosic musical interludes. Cost is $100. Reservations can be made by emailing Festival Director Leslie Harlow at MLBHarlow@GMail.com. Address will be provided after registration.
  • July 23 — Artist Showcase Concert, 3 p.m., Temple Har Shalom 3700 North Brookside Court.Program: Cello, Viola and Clarinet – Trio by Neruda; Beethoven Violin Sonata in A; Rimsky-Korsakov/Kreisler: Chanson Arabe Variations on a Chinese Popular Theme.Artists: violinists Stephanie Chase, Donna Fairbanks and Blanka Bednarz; violist Leslie Harlow; cellist Cheung Chau; clarinetist Russell Harlow; and pianist Doris Stevenson.
  • July 27 — Artist Showcase Concert, 7:30 p.m., Park City Community Church, 4501 S.R. 224.Program: Martinu Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano; Beethoven Symphony No. 7 for Violin, Cello and Piano, Slow Movement; Brahms Piano Quartet op 25 in A.Artists: violinist Manuel Ramos; cellist Cheung Chau; pianist John Jensen; violist Leslie Harlow; and clarinetist Russell Harlow.
  • July 30 — Artist Showcase Concert, 3 p.m., Temple Had Shalom, 3700 N. Brookside Court.Program: Mozart Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Cello; Schubert Op. 99 Piano Trio; Peter Schickele Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano.Artists: violinist Manuel Ramos; cellist Cheung Chau; pianist John Jensen; violist Leslie Harlow; and clarinetist Russell Harlow.
  • July 31 — Chamber Music in the Park, 6 p.m., City Park, freeAUGUST:
  • Aug. 7 — Chamber Music in the Park, 6 p.m., City Park, free
  • Aug. 14 — Chamber Music in the Park, 6 p.m., City Park, freeFor information, visit http://beethovenfestivalutah.org.

Beethoven Festival Young Artist Institute faculty

  • Violinist Blanka Bednarz
  • Violinist Monte Belknap
  • Violinist Stephanie Chase
  • Violinist Donna Fairbanks
  • Violinist Simon Gallo
  • Violist Leslie Harlow
  • Clarinetist Russell Harlow
  • Bassist Erik Harris
  • Cellist Cheung Chau
  • Cellist Jeffrey Solow