Chamber concert will raise funds for Young Artists Institute
Performance is a prelude to the Beethoven Festival
Although the Park City Beethoven Festival officially kicks off on July 6, a concert to be held Saturday, June 24, at Park City Community Church will give people a sneak preview of the chamber-music event, Executive Director Leslie Harlow said.
“This concert, which is a scholarship fundraiser for our Young Artists Institute, is like a little play-a-thon because there are so many of us,” Harlow told The Park Record. “The concert will feature works by [Georg Philipp] Telemann, Beethoven, Bach, [Edward] Elgar and Handel.”
The Young Artists Institute gives students opportunities to rehearse and perform chamber music as well as learn from world-renowned professional musicians and professors for music schools at universities across the U. S. The schools include the Juilliard School in New York, Temple University in Philadelphia, New York University, University of New Mexico, Williams College in Massachusetts, Dickenson College in Pennsylvania, and Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.
The music will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for admission are $20. Proceeds from the sales will go to the institute’s scholarships.
There will also be a DipJar at the concert. The DipJar will be used to accept donations in increments of $20. Attendees can make donations by dipping their credit cards into the jar. They can also make larger donations by credit card at the Festival ticket and donation table or by writing checks made out to PCCMS (Park City Chamber Music Society).
Those who cannot attend the concert but would like to donate can make donations online at http://www.razoo.com/team/Youngartistinstitute. They can also send donation checks to the Park City Chamber Music Society under the care of Russell Harlow, P. O. Box 354, Park City, Utah 84060. All donations are tax deductible.
The performance will feature cellist Richard Jones, his mother Pamela Palmer Jones on piano and harpsichord, violist Harlow and her husband Russell on clarinet.
“Richard is a Utah cellist who is studying at Indiana University, and he’s just amazingly talented,” Harlow said. “He will also be one of our participants in our Young Artists Institute.”
Richard and his mother have been working on the Elgar Cello Concerto for the past couple of years so they can record it, Harlow said.
“The piece is one of the most famous cello works there is,” she said. “Richard will play a couple of movements from it with his mom.”
Jones will also perform a solo cello work by Bach and then perform alongside the Harlows.
“We’ll perform an elegant and beautiful chamber work by Telemann arranged for clarinet, viola, cello and harpsichord, as well as movements from the Beethoven Opus 11 Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano and arrangements of works by Gershwin,” Harlow said. “I’m so excited about this because there is so much going on right now that it is hard to present a scholarship fundraising concert.”
Pulling things together for the Young Artists Institute added another layer to the already bustling Beethoven Music Festival.
“We have to communicate with all the participating students, go through the scholarship applications, design their repertoire and schedules in advance,” she said.
The students will be in residence at the Homestead in Midway.
“That’s where we will hold classes and rehearsals,” Harlow said. “The Homestead is turning over a wonderful building, called the Pavilion, where we will practice and play every day. Then we’ll bring them to Park City to perform.”
There are 19 students enrolled in the institute, which will run from July 5-16. The classes will be will be divided into two sessions: July 5-10 and July 11-16.
“Although some of the students will stay for the whole 12 days, we split it up because there are other camps out there that are offered for a shorter amount of time, and some of the students had already enrolled in those,” Harlow said. “It’s also a way to make Young Artists Institute more affordable.”
Many students enrolled in the institute hail from Utah.
“There are some talented violin players from the studio of Monte Belknap, a staple performer at the Beethoven Festival,” Harlow said. “Some of his students are from other parts of the country.”
Another group of pupils study under Simon Gollo, who teaches at New Mexico State University.
“Some of his students come from as far as South America,” Harlow said.
In addition, pianist Edith Pena from Venezuela will participate in the Young Artists Institute.
“She’s more like a guest artist, and she and Simon will prepare for a recording project while she is here,” Harlow said. “We will get to benefit from that, because she will perform in the festival later as well, and she’s wonderful.”
Another guest artist, violinist Stephanie Chase, will arrive toward the end of the Young Artists Institute’s session to teach two master classes.
The first will be July 15 at the Homestead, and the other will be at Utah Valley University in Orem on July 19.
“We added the second master class because we couldn’t fit all of our Institute students into one,” Harlow said. “She does a lot of work with violin and piano, so she will share some of those wonderful pieces with us.”
Harlow also said the Utah master classes are based on the same one Chase recently did at the Juilliard School of Music.
“These master classes are great opportunities for our students here who will get the same benefit as the students at Juilliard,” Harlow said. “Stephanie will also stay another week after the Institute closes to perform at the festival, so we decided to have her work with more students.”
The Park City Beethoven Festival will perform a pre-festival fundraiser concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at Park City Community Church, 4501 N. S.R. 224. Admission is a donation of $20. For information, visit http://www.pcmusicfestival.com.
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