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Chamber-music festival returns to Summit County

Leslie Brefeld
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Gary Soles
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SUMMIT COUNTY ” The setting and rising sun occasionally provides a visual phenomenon on the mountains knows as alpenglow. More consistently, late every August in Summit County, a group of world-class musicians create a sound phenomenon known as the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival.

This year’s group is Reiko Aizawa on piano, Jesse Mills on violin, Artistic Director Edward Arron on cello, Danielle Farina on violin, Aaron Janse on violin and viola and Kyung Sun Lee on violin.

According to Arron, the group will perform a combination of old and new chamber pieces for this year’s stint. Of the new, he said the Aug. 27 concert will feature works from the 2000 composition of Italian composer Giovanni Sollima, “Viaggo in Italia,” ” “a really amazing piece, very energetic rhythms and beautiful melodies and harmonies,” Arron said.



On Friday, a relatively new piece by the Soviet-era composer Alfred Schnittke will be played.

“His art was suppressed by the Soviet regime,” Arron said. “The expressions through music are very dark and very powerful. This particular piece is very moving and haunting.”



These newer pieces will be surrounded by more familiar works. Tuesday’s free community concert is an hour long and will feature glimpses of the pieces to be performed in the larger programs. Arron said it also will give listeners an opportunity to see each of the musicians’ personalities.

Reiko Aizawa has been with the Alpenglow Festival since its inception in 1998 and is engaged to another musician in the ensemble, Jesse Mills, who has been playing with Alpenglow since 2005.

The two have their own violin piano duo, called Duo-Prism, and just returned from a tour in Italy.



“We feel really good about our music-making together,” Mills said. “It’s a very intuitive process for us, and we’re really on the same page.”

Alpenglow often is described as an intimate experience with only a handful of musicians performing the music.

“Something really special really comes alive when a small group like this comes together,” Arron said. “Performing pieces we’ve known all our lives and also exploring newer pieces ” each time they are brought to life in a different way.

“We’re lucky enough to get a group of world-class musicians up there. It’s going to be some really exciting music-making.”


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