Red Rocks Music Festival a treat for all ages
Shlomo Mintz, Gustavo Romero headline
classical music fest at SCP
Under the artistic directorship of internationally acclaimed
violinist, Shlomo Mintz, the Red Rocks Festival Orchestra will
debut on Labor Day weekend. The music festival spans three days
and hosts a full symphony orchestra, guest principals and master-classes,
and crescendos with a gala evening concert on September 1 at the
Sedona Cultural Park.
The evening concerts will present a diverse repertoire
that will attract both the music aficionado and the vacationing
family. Pianist Gustavo Romero also will be a featured artist.
Critics, colleagues and audiences regard Mintz as one
of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable
musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique.
He regularly appears with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors
on the international scene and is heard in recital and chamber
music concerts as well as playing the viola and conducting all
around the world.
Pianist Romero has earned a growing reputation for both
the technical brilliance and interpretive depth of his playing,
and for his commitment to in-depth exploration of individual composers,
as demonstrated by a recent recital series showcasing the keyboard
works of Ludwig van Beethoven, J.S. Bach, and Frederic Chopin.
He has performed with such leading orchestras as the New York
Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Boston
Pops, Atlanta Symphony, Radio France Orchestra, Honolulu, New
World, and Austin symphonies, the Liege Philharmonic, and has
held solo concerts all over the world.
The festival begins Saturday, August 31, with a chamber
music concert at West Sedona Elementary School. The concert, titled
“The Gypsy Spirit,” features Romero and other festival musicians
and selections, including Haydn “Piano Trio in G Major,” Kodaly
“Serenade Opus 12” for two violins and viola and Brahms “Piano
Quartet in G Minor.”
The family concert on September 1, begins at 10 a.m.,
at Sedona Cultural Park’s Georgia Frontiere Performing Arts Pavilion,
with selections from Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 , Mendelssohn’s
Violin Concerto E minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
The gala evening concert on the 1st begins at 7:30 p.m.,
and features Romero and Mintz as soloists. The program includes
Saint-Saens’ “Piano Concerto No. 2” (Gustavo Romero soloist),
F. Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor” (Shlomo Mintz soloist)
and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.”
Master classes with Mintz and Romero will be held at
West Sedona Elementary School on September 2, beginning at 10
a.m. For more information about the festival, go on-line (redrocksmusicfestival.com).
For tickets to festival concerts, call Sedona Cultural Park’s
box office at (928) 203-4TIX.