Colorado Music Festival, blending classical and contemporary

Posted on: July 7, 2015

In Sunday’s (7/5) Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.), Kelly Dean Hansen previews the second week of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, where guest conductor David Danzmayr will lead five programs from July 6 to 12. “Danzmayr constructed his own programs, and the biggest attraction by far is American composer Michael Daugherty’s piano concerto ‘Deus ex Machina,’ performed by … pianist Terrence Wilson…. Wilson always has been the main exponent of the piece as soloist and plays it from memory. But Danzmayr also has a history with the work, having conducted the UK premiere with Wilson and again in Illinois…. Danzmayr opens the concerts with another contemporary work, ‘Opening Remarks’ by Lee Actor.… He closes the program with Tchaikovsky’s beloved Fifth Symphony…. For his chamber concert, Danzmayr turns to the classical period, with Beethoven’s Second Symphony and Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto. Joining him for the Mozart is Russian-French violinist Alexandra Soumm…. Danzmayr … will open the Sunday concert with a set of German dances by Schubert, arranged for orchestra by Anton Webern.” Danzmayr is director of the nearby Breckenridge Music Festival, which begins the following week. Danzmayr is also music director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.

Posted July 7, 2015