Alpenglow artists offer intimate performances |

Alpenglow artists offer intimate performances

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc Alpenglow committee members Sandi Bruns, left, and Dyann Gray sit together in Bruns' home Thursday in Frisco.

SILVERTHORNE – As the chill of fall begins to slip in, it signifies the impending change of the aspens, summer activities winding down and the chamber music festival that is becoming a Summit County tradition.Spawned by Bil Jackson and Steven Copes in 1998 as Music from the Summit, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival is a series of three community concerts in Silverthorne and two smaller chamber offerings in Hamilton Creek and Three Peaks homes, coupled with food and wine, from Aug. 23-29.”(Chamber music) is so participatory for everybody,” Alpenglow committee volunteer Sandi Bruns said. “It’s the way the world should work – not any main leader but everybody with the same beautiful vision with equal power and cooperation.”

A professional visual artist, Bruns has been attending Alpenglow since its inception and has volunteered for the last three years for everything from taking tickets to selling posters to checking people in. This year she volunteered to handle the print publicity for the festival.Bruns said she enjoys the more intimate environment a chamber concert provides compared to that of a larger symphony concert.”That’s what I love about it and what keeps me coming back,” she said. “They just have absolutely top quality musicians that bring such great energy, credentials and skill. It’s very magical.” This year’s festival will feature cellist and artistic director Edward Arron, pianist Reiko Aizawa, violinists Yehonatan Berick and Erika Raum, and Aaron Janse on the viola.

Sponsorships by The Summit Foundation and the town of Silverthorne make it possible to offer patrons the first concert of the festival at the Silverthorne Pavilion on Aug. 23 at no charge, allowing attendees to enjoy a sampling of works by Hayden, Dvorak, Chopin, Piazolla, Beethoven and Schumann.For the second year, Summit Public Radio (SPR) will co-host the second Pavilion concert on Friday, Aug. 26, with KVOD radio’s Charlie Samson emceeing. “Adding Charley Samson’s knowledge of classical music and great personality to the wonderful mix of Alpenglow chamber musicians should make the concert a very exciting event,” SPR president Sue Greene said.The Friday concert will feature music by Hayden, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

The concert hosted at The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks on Aug. 29 will feature Beethoven, Schumann and Francaix.A few Summit County residents have offered their Hamilton Creek and Three Peaks homes as chamber concert venues for Friday and Saturday.Beyond Tuesday’s free concert, tickets may be purchased for the Friday concert at the Silverthorne Pavilion or the Aug. 29 concert at the Raven for $15. Gold Star reserved tickets are $25. The group rate of 10 tickets is $120. Soirée tickets at private homes, which include food and drink, are $60.For tickets or more information, call (970) 468-4774 or visit or

Jennifer Harper can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at Colorado

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