Upcoming San Juan Chamber MusicFest Brings Concerts, Classes to Ouray County
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RIDGWAY – Returning for its eighth year, the upcoming San Juan Chamber MusicFest features an outstanding group of musicians, including internationally acclaimed pianist Max Levinson, violinist Irina Muresanu, and cellist Tom Landschoot cellist. Sponsored by the Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, the 2010 festival takes place Sept. 11-15 at venues in Ridgway. Three student programs and Master Classes are also being offered in Ridgway and Ouray schools.

MusicFest will open on Saturday evening, Sept. 11, with a concert at the 4H Event Center in Ridgway at 7:30 p.m. The program, titled Happy Birthday, will celebrate the 200th birthdays of Chopin and Shumann. The lyrical program will include Chopin’s Ballade #3 and his Sonata for cello and piano. Schumann’s Trio in D minor will complete the evening.

A salon concert takes place on Wednesday, Sept.15, beginning at 5 p.m., hosted by Joy Billings in her Pleasant Valley home. The evening will include wine and a specially prepared dinner by Secret Garden Catering. A Musical Feast will feature Brahms Trio in C major and other short pieces, including Astor Piazzolla – Tango-Caprice No. 3. Dinner will follow at sunset. Tickets for this very special concert are $80 ($75 for members of OCPAG or Montrose Arts Council), with seats limited to 40. Make reservations by calling 626-2970.

OCPAG, in conjunction with both Ouray and Ridgway Schools, is also providing three student concerts in the respective schools on Monday, Sept. 13. Any student in the county is encouraged to attend. There will also be Master Classes for serious students of the violin, cello and piano on Sunday, Sept. 12. Call Mary Ella House, 325-4381, for registration and more information.

Tickets for the Ridgway and Ouray concerts are $20 for adults and free for students. They may be purchased online at www.ocpag.org or at Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray, Cimarron Books and Coffee in Ridgway, Jovis Coffee in Montrose, or at the door. Venues for all events are handicapped accessible.


Art Director Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive musician with a fearless technique. He has performed as solo pianist with many of the top symphony orchestras in the country and in recital at New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and in many other venues throughout North America and Europe. Levinson won first prize at the 1997 Dublin International Piano Competition, the first American to achieve this distinction. Of his work The Washington Post has written, “You can hear gasps in the audience – Max Levinson displays technical wizardry.” Levinson is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, is a Steinway Artist, and is currently on the faculties of the Boston Conservatory and of Brown University.

Irina Muresanu has won international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician having already achieved top prizes in numerous international violin competitions. The Boston Globe has come to praise her as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist.” She has performed as soloist with the Boston Pops, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Genera, the Metropolitan Orchestra in Montreal, Miami Symphony Orchestra and, more locally, with the Grand Junction Symphony (last September). Muresanu currently serves on both the faculties of the Boston Conservatory and the Music Department at MIT.

Finally, this year’s MusicFest include’s special guest cellist Tom Landschoot. Praised for his expressive and poetic music making, he enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and teacher. Landschoot joined the faculty of Arizona State University in 2001 after having taught at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded the Herberger College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award (2005) and has been on the faculty of Shieh Chien University in Taipei since 2008. He spends his summers performing and teaching at places like the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Quartet Program in New York, Killington Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Texas Music Festival. Landschoot is also the artistic director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival in Arizona.

OCPAG is grateful for the sponsorship of Alpine Bank, Middleton Accounting Services, Ouray Family Medicine, the Telluride Foundation, the Massard Trust, the Woman’s Club of Ouray, and Region 10 Enterprise Zone Marketing Funds, as well as generous member donors who help make the San Juan MusicFest possible. Additionally, OCPAG extends a special invitation to first-time concert-goers to attend this year’s festival. There is no special dress for the concerts and music lovers of all ages are welcome.
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