Deer Valley Music Festival trio will perform works of art at Gallery MAR
Deer Valley Music Festival with a Utah Symphony Trio
6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 15
Gallery MAR, 436 Main St.
Light refreshments will be served
Fine art lends itself to exhibits, and three Utah Symphony musicians will take that idea a step further when it presents a couple of classical chamber music pieces at Gallery MAR on Monday.
Violinist Claude Halter, violist Elizabeth Beilman and flutist Caitlyn Valovick Moore will perform a 45-minute concert featuring Beethoven Serenade in D Major, Op. 25 and Reger Serenade in G Major, op. 141 A.
The Beethoven Serenade, which the composer wrote to be performed at a recreational place in Vienna, fits perfectly in a gallery setting, according to Beilman.
“Rather than a formal concert hall experience, this piece was played as evening entertainment in a beautiful night,” she said. “So it feels to me that this gallery performance in an intimate space for a small number of people is as close as we can get to recreating that same listening experience people had in the 1800s.”
Valovick Moore and Beilman selected the piece because of its uniqueness as a chamber work.
“You hear string quartets and piano trios all the time, but you really don’t have the opportunity to hear a piece with violin, viola and flute,” Beilman said. “It’s a quirky work, but has all the beautiful qualities of Beethoven’s music that everyone loves. I was so happy to see we have an opportunity to perform it this summer.”
The Reger work is another unique piece, Beilman said.
“Max Reger is mostly known for his organ work,” she said. “So much of his music is evocative of Bach, and you can imagine hearing someone improvising the piece on a huge organ in a cathedral.”
The way the arrangement translates for violin, viola and flute, showcases its late-romantic harmony, Beilman said.
“You have that intricate writing where all the instruments interact,” she said. “Our parts interlock and chase each other, which makes this a fun piece to play.”
Beilman, Halter and Valovick Moore formed their trio specifically for the Gallery MAR performance, according to Beilman.
“Claude is one of the symphony’s most-seasoned chamber-music colleagues, because he plays a ton of chamber music with the symphony,” she said. “Caitlyn’s role as flutist is a little different, because she mostly plays piccolo. So, to play these classic and romantic pieces with her is exciting for me.”
Monday’s performance isn’t the first time chamber music has filled Gallery MAR, said owner Maren Mullin.
In addition to hosting musicians from the Park City Beethoven Festival and high school students who played for a recent gallery reception, the Utah Symphony’s woodwind trio performed at last year’s Deer Valley Music Festival, she said.
“We recently had a yoga and sound bath performance in the gallery,” Mullin said. “The acoustics are great in the gallery, and every time we present a performer, they always tell us how much they enjoyed playing and that they want to come back. So we want to continue to do this.”
The gallery owner is also donating her gallery’s space for the concert.
“All the ticket sales go directly back to the Utah Symphony,” she said. “The Deer Valley Music Festival has been a great opportunity for the symphony to do outreach in Park City, and we love being one of their partners in helping with that.”
Another reason Mullin wanted to partner with the symphony is her love of classical music.
“My mother was the classical music critic for the Seattle Times, and we would go to these types of performances all the time,” she said. “So to turn that around and have a performance in my business is exciting. I also think our artists and our collector base make a good mix with the folks who appreciate classical music and who want to support the symphony.”
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