Beethoven Festival will court audiences with some ‘Romantic Gems’
The Park City Beethoven Festival concerts will feature “Romantic Gems” in three concerts this week.
The Park City Beethoven Festival Sunday salon concerts at Temple Har Shalom, 3700 Brookside Ct., which are gaining a dedicated following, begin at 4:30 p.m. with an elegant pre-concert wine, cheese, fruit and sweets reception, followed by the performances starting at 5 p.m.
This week’s salon concert on July 28 will feature a collection of “Romantic Gems” for clarinet and string quartet and the second half will feature the epically exciting and beautiful Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello by Ernst Dohnanyi.
Known for his exceptional musicality and style, Clarinetist Russell Harlow is one of the nation’s premiere solo and chamber clarinetists.
The musician is completing his second album for the ISOMIKE recording label this October, just in time for Grammy nominations.
The album will feature the set of shorter works for clarinet and string quartet and audiences at the Beethoven Festival this week will be able to hear a preview of these shorter pieces.
The Taneyev “Canzona” is a beautiful newly-discovered work and the Glazunov Oriental Reverie is a work that has put Harlow on the map.
A number of years ago the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society in Holland invited Harlow to fly there to perform this seven-minute work on live radio for the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society.
Harlow’s first album with ISOMIKE won critical acclaim in Europe and he was invited to perform one of the works as a guest artist for the International Clarfest in Vancouver, Canada.
There is even a Russell Harlow Clarinet Competition for young artists named after him.
The other “Romantic Gems” in Sunday’s program include “Autumn Song” by Tchiakovsky, along with two famous works by Baermann and Schumann.
The Chamber Music Hour concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224, will feature more selections from the “Romantic Gems” list and works by Haydn and Martinu. The cost is $15.
The free Chamber Music in the Park concert, at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, July 29, at City Park, will feature mixed selections from the week with additional delights.
Artists featured this week will be violinists Gabriel Gordon, Donna Fairbanks, violist and artist-in-residence Leslie Harlow and cellist Julie Bevan.
Visit the Park City Beethoven Festival website, BeethovenFestivalParkCity.org, for additional information and tickets.
An earlier version of this story misstated the dates of the concerts and was updated.
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Park City Beethoven Festival presents a preview of an upcoming Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performance.