A brand-new series, thrilling artist debuts, premieres of Festival-commissioned works—there’s so much to look forward to throughout the Festival’s 2019 season. Here are just a few of this summer’s can’t-miss events.
• Over the course of three evenings, violinist Ida Kavafian and pianist Peter Serkin perform—for the first time in the Festival’s history—the complete cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin & Piano. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, August 13, 14 & 15.
• Conductor David Zinman (see “Musician Spotlight”) leads the Festival’s inaugural presentation of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings, featuring tenor Paul Appleby and Berlin Philharmonic Principal Horn Stefan Dohr in their Festival debuts. Wednesday, August 7.
• The popular Music at Noon Series (which offers five concerts on both Tuesdays and Thursdays) expands to include five Wednesday concerts—three of which celebrate iconic masterpieces of the piano-vocal repertoire such as Schubert’s hauntingly beautiful song cycle Die Winterreise. Wednesday, July 31.
• The Festival presents four newly commissioned works, including the world premieres of three string quartets by Grammy-nominated composer Michael Gandolfi and the two participants in the Festival’s Young Composers String Quartet Project, Matthew Ricketts and Alex Stephenson, and the New Mexico premiere of a monodrama for soprano and ensemble by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Harbison.
• Eighteen artists make their Festival debuts, including five standouts from the orchestra and opera worlds—Berlin Philharmonic Principal Horn Stefan Dohr, New York City Ballet Principal Oboe Randall Wolfgang, tenor Paul Appleby, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, and bass-baritone Philippe Sly—plus acclaimed up-and-coming artists such as pianist Zoltán Fejérvári and violinist Paul Huang.
• Dozens of longtime Festival collaborators make return appearances, including mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, pianists Inon Barnatan and Jon Kimura Parker, violist Paul Neubauer, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, clarinetist David Shifrin, and the Dover, Escher, Miami, and Orion string quartets.
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