BYU BRAVO! Welcomes Star of Opera World

Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences across the globe, and has been proclaimed “perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” by the New Yorker. With a voice “nothing less than 24-carat gold” according to the Times, DiDonato has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging discography. She is also widely acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

“The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato reminds us that in any generation there are a few giants. Joyce is not only a great, brave and inspiring artist – one of the finest singers of our time–but she is also a transformative presence in the arts. Those who know her repertoire are in awe of her gifts, and those who know nothing of it are instantly engaged. Joyce sings and the world is suddenly brighter. She compels us to listen actively, to hear things anew.” Jake Heggie, Gramophone

Joyce DiDonato performs with the Brentano Quartet and pianist Craig Terry.

Check out this YouTube video  from the 2012 Grammy Awards of Joyce DiDonato.

Check out this YouTube video of the Brentano String Quartet.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

de Jong Concert Hall - Harris Fine Arts Center

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Pianist Hiroko Sasaki, Cellist Scott Ballantyne, Violinist Rebekah Johnson open the 33rd Beethoven Festival Park City

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Beethoven Festival Park City Performed in New York April 30

Pre-Concert Rehearsal at the Barge

The April 30 afternoon concert on the New York Bargemusic Series featured the Festival Artists in Residence Russell Harlow, clarinetist and Leslie Blackburn Harlow, violist, violinist Simon Gollo and pianist John Novacek performing the following program:
Gerster Sonata for Viola and Piano
“Pur ti miro” by Monteverdi,
arranged for Viola and Clarinet
Tzigane by Ravel for Violin and Piano
Danzas Argentinas by Ginastera for Piano
Beethoven’s “Don Giovanni Variations”
for Clarinet and Piano
The Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Menotti

The concert, held the same weekend the Utah Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall, helped celebrate Utah’s rich classical music offerings, with the aim to encourage cultural tourism for Park City, Summit County and Utah in general.

These same artists will be performing during the 2016 Autumn Classics Festival presented each year by the Beethoven Festival. Violinist Simon Gollo will also perform during the 2016 Beethoven Festival Summer Season.
Beethoven Festival Park City

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2016 Beethoven Festival Park City Spring Chamber Concerts




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Gifted Music School Concert Will Inaugurate Suzuki Teacher Training Program

Join us for a wonderful evening of music by Vivaldi and Bartok performed by the renowned Gifted Music School Conservatory Orchestra, a concert inaugurating the Suzuki Teacher Training Program in honor of Deborah Moench.  We welcome Mrs. Moench’s alumni students and all others.  November 14, 2015, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Scholarship room, 451 South  1400 East Salt Lake City, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
For tickets ($10) Phone 801-300-1199  or  Limited seating: book early!
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The Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation has issued the following press release detailing upcoming events for its 40th anniversary season:

From its beginnings in 1976 as a summer festival, to now offering full seasons of competitions, concerts, festivals, school concerts and master classes, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation has become a truly international organization achieving extraordinary results.

The Gina Bachauer Foundation has brought international recognition to Salt Lake City, with former governor Mike Leavitt even proclaiming June to be “Piano Month” in Utah. To commemorate our 40 years we offer an impressive season of returning favorites in concert, and we begin the exciting process of discovering the next young piano talents!

The 40th Anniversary Season will open on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with Argentinian pianist Mirian Conti collaborating with narrator Anne Cullimore Decker for Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant.

The exciting process of discovering the next young piano talents then begins with live auditions held in 11 cities worldwide. After screening approximately 300 hopeful applicants, 50 exceptionally talented young pianists will be invited to compete in Salt Lake City in June 2016. Mark your calendars now to be part of Gina Bachauer’s 40-year celebration!

The Paul Pollei Commemorative Concert Series:

  • Oct. 23: Mirian Conti with Anne Cullimore Decker; South American music specialist delights in Babar the Elephant, Chopin Mazurkas and Argentinian Tangos.
  • Feb. 5, 2016: Cheng-Chow Trio; three Bachauer Laureates take the stage with captivating arrangements of Fauré, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Bernstein.
  • March 19, 2016: Armen Babakhanian, Bachauer Silver Medalist from Armenia, provokes with the passion of Beethoven, Liszt and the Four Chopin Ballades.
  • April 30, 2016: Chow Duo; Alan and Alvin Chow, twin brothers and Bachauer Laureates, delight with two-piano music of Copland, Gershwin, Milhaud and Corigliano.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W. Broadway). Tickets are $20 for general; $15 for seniors; and $8 for students. A season pass valid for all four concerts is $60. Tickets are available at or by calling 801-355-2787. Visit for artist biographies and programs.

Additional upcoming events:

  • February 6-9, 2016: International Audition Tour in Salt Lake City; free and open to the public at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
  • June 13-18, 2016: Gina Bachauer Junior International Piano Competition; all rounds at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
  • June 21-28, 2016: Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition; final round with the Utah Symphony at Abravanel Hall.
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Beethoven Festival Park City Autumn Classics Concerts coming up

Beethoven Festival Director Leslie Harlow, “We created the Autumn Classics Festival, in part, because Park City is such an inspiring place to be this time of year. Fall is the perfect time to get out and see the spectacular scenery, enjoy walks in the woods, take photos and indulge in intimate concerts indoors. For these four concerts a group of our favorite artists are offering rich works to match the scenery. It is always pleasure to bring the finest artists to the town we love, performing for our chamber music friends the music we love.”

Weekend 1
For Friday, October 2 at 8PM
Virtuoso violinist and long-time festival favorite Paul Rosenthal and Steinway Artist John Novacek helped design a rich program of the Brahms Piano Trio No. 3, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 6 and Schumann’s “Fairy Tales” for Clarinet, Viola and Piano. Up-and-coming star violinist Simon Gollo is adding the fiery work “Tsigane” (translated: “Gypsy”) by Ravel. This first concert will be held at the Park City Community Church, taking advantage of their fine Bechstein concert grand piano and wonderful acoustics. Concertgoers can purchase tickets online or easily buy them at the door. Purchase Tickets Online

Sunday, October 4 at 3PM, the afternoon concert will be presented at Temple Har Shalom in the beautiful atrium area with a beautiful view of the outdoors. Violinist Paul Rosenthal and pianist John Novacek will again offer up a favorite Brahms work: the 2nd Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major. Pianist John Novacek will team join Festival Artists-in-Residence Russell Harlow on clarinet and Leslie Harlow on viola for three beautiful romantic portraits by Bruch from his collection of “Eight Works”. In the same set they are adding the waltz movement from his “Double Concerto” for Clarinet and Viola. The second half of the concert will feature the romantic and impressive Quintet for Piano, Violins, Viola and Cello in C Major, Opus 1. Cellist Cheung Chau has been delighting audiences with his stunning playing after joining the Festival roster in recent years, and he will join violinists Rosenthal and Gollo, violist Harlow and pianist John Novacek for this masterpiece. Again, concertgoers can purchase their tickets for this concert at the door, or conveniently in advance online. Purchase Tickets Online

Weekend 2
Pianist Bryan Stanley spent many years in the Park City Community both as a teacher for younger students and advanced adult pianists, as well as directing the choir at the Park City Community Church. He recently married pianist Kristín Jónína Taylor and they both teach and perform at Waldorf College in Iowa. For a number of those years Dr. Stanley and the Harlows began performing together, not only presenting more formal concerts, but visiting nursing homes and performing for the residents and their families. The Harlows have invited Bryan back to perform with at the Festival for two concerts as part of the Autumn Classics.

​On Saturday evening, October 10 at 6:30PM, the Festival is offering its popular Chamber Music and Dinner Concerts at the Park City Community Church in the Social Hall. The acoustics in the Social Hall are wonderful and the audience enjoys mingling during the dining. As with the Festival’s Salon Concerts in homes, the evening begins with the generous buffet and after the guests have had a chance to dine, the artists present their first portion of the program. The Festival is delighted to include mezzo-soprano Gretchen Windt, pianist Bryan Stanley, clarinetist Russell Harlow and violist Leslie Harlow as the performers for the evening.  Following the music, dessert is added to the buffet and everyone is invited to enjoy more dining before the artists take the stage again for more beautiful “salon” works. Following the music, artists and guests enjoy mingling and dessert, reception-style. The minimum donation for this event is $35 per person. Reservations can be made by email, phone or online for this event. Tickets can be purchased at the door as well. Online Reservations and Ticket Purchase

Sunday afternoon, October 11 at 3PM, the Autumn Classics Concerts will conclude with selections from the program the Harlows and Dr. Stanley will perform in November on the Waldorf Community Concerts Series (Iowa): The Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano by Reinecke, a romantic work that features the piano in virtuoso style, the Brahms “Alto Songs” featuring Mezzo-soprano Gretchen Windt, Leslie Harlow and Bryan Stanley, the cool and lyrical “Sonata for Viola and Piano” by Otto Gerster and an aria by Monteverdi transcribed for Clarinet, Viola and Piano. The Brahms “Alto Songs” were made famous by singer Marion Anderson and violist William Primrose. Purchase Tickets Online


About the Festival Artists:

Virtuoso violinist Paul Rosenthal has been returning to perform at the Beethoven Festival for over 30 years. Rosenthal has played the violin since the age of three, going on to attend the Juilliard School in New York City and the University of Southern California under acclaimed master Jascha Heifetz. A resident of Alaska since 1969, Rosenthal founded the Sitka Summer Music Festival, a chamber music festival that helped inspire the founding of the Beethoven Festival here in Park City. A true virtuoso violinist, Paul Rosenthal performs worldwide and has recorded on a number of labels, including RCA, Vox, Fidelio, Arabesque, Vanguard and Biddulph.

Rosenthal will be joined by pianist and Steinway Artist John Novacek. John Novacek regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia as solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist; in the latter capacity he has presented over thirty concerti with dozens of orchestras. John Novacek is a much sought-after collaborative artist and has performed with Joshua Bell, Matt Haimovitz, Leila Josefowicz, Cho-Liang Lin and Yo-Yo Ma. For more information on John Novacek, visit

Award-winning Swiss-Venezuelan violinist, Simon Gollo, earned degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland. The Founder and Artistic Director of the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy in Aruba, has a recognized career having performed in prestigious scenarios such as the Chamber Society of Philadelphia, New York City’s 92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall, Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art, London’s Bolivar Hall, the Caracas Teatro Teresa Carreño and Mexico City’s Auditorio Blas Galindo.

Pianist Bryan Stanley is a frequent collaborative guest artist with the Park City Beethoven Festival. Dr. Stanley performs, coaches and lectures on the faculty of Iowa’s Waldorf College. A prolific composer as well, his second piano concerto garnered first prize in the Riverton Symphony concerto performance competition in 2009 and has repeat performances at St. Louis Community College with composer as soloist. In 1997 the Des Moines Metro Opera premiered his one-act chamber opera, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado, the result of winning a national chamber opera competition sponsored by the company.

Cellist Cheung Chau received the first double doctorate degree in the history of the New England Conservatory in wind ensemble conducting and cello, studying with Frank Battisti and Colin Carr. He studied orchestral and choral conducting at the Royal Swedish Conservatory with Jorma Panula. His other main teachers include cellists Aldo Parisot and Eleonore Schoenfeld. As cellist Chau performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Macao Orchestra, among others, in chamber music and solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Merkin Hall and Jordan Hall, recorded for Acte Preable as member of Atma Trio, and recorded for Hong Kong Radio and Television corporation, China Central Television, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, and Irish Radio.

Mezzo-Soprano Gretchen Windt is originally from Chicago and has performed in operas and oratorios throughout the country.  She has performed regularly with Cincinnati Opera; highlights include Golijov’s Ainadamar (Voice of the Fountain), the world premiere of Hailstork’s Rise For Freedom, and a touring production of The Magic Flute (Third Lady and Papagena). She has performed and covered roles including Hansel (Hansel und Gretel), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), both Third Lady and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Mercedes (Carmen), Meg Page (Falstaff), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Jo (Adamo’s Little Women), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), and Cendrillon (Cendrillon).  Solo oratorio credits include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach’s Magnificat.

Clarinetist Russell Harlow’s artistry has led him to become one of the nation’s premiere solo and chamber clarinetist. In addition to performing more than 30 concerts a year with the Beethoven Festival, Russell Harlow has performed with the Amsterdam Chamber Players in Holland, for the Sitka Festival and with the Anchorage Fall Classics Festival in Alaska, with the Muir String Quartet, with the Raphael Trio at the Music from Ouray Festival and at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York City, regularly as guest artist on the Bargemusic Series in New York and a featured artist with the International Clarinet Association Clarfests around the world.

Violist and Beethoven Festival founder/director Leslie Harlow graduated from the Juilliard School in New York. Following graduation, Ms Harlow founded the Deer Valley Chamber Music Festival in 1984. Renamed the Park City Beethoven Festival, the festival continues as Utah’s oldest classical music festival. An avid chamber musician and soloist, Ms. Harlow also performs with other festivals and on chamber and recital series throughout the United States.

Full Festival Discount Packages and Discount Punch Cards are available online. Click Here for more information and to purchase.

Friday Evening
October 2 at 8PM
at the Park City Community Church
Regular Admission $20, Seniors 62+/Students $15/Music students free adm
Tickets Available at the Door or
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Brahms Trio No. 3 in C Minor, for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 10
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Opus 10 No. 2
Ravel “Tzigane” (Gypsy) for Violin and Piano
Schumann “Marchenerzahlungen” Fairy Tales,
Opus 132, for Piano, Viola and Clarinet
Performing Artists:
Paul Rosenthal and Simon Gollo, Violinists
Steinway Artist/ Pianist John Novacek
Cellist Cheung Chau
Festival Artists in Residence: Russell Harlow, Clarinetist and Leslie Harlow, Violist

Sunday Afternoon
October 4 at 3PM
at Temple Har Shalom
Regular Admission $20, Seniors 62+/Students $15/Music students free adm
Tickets Available at the Door or
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Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Opus 100
Bruch 3 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Bruch Adagio from the Double Concerto for Clarinet, and Viola
Dohnanyi Quintet No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 1 for Piano and Strings
Performing Artists:
Paul Rosenthal and Simon Gollo, Violinists
Steinway Artist/ Pianist John Novacek
Cellist Cheung Chau
Festival Artists in Residence: Russell Harlow, Clarinetist and Leslie Harlow, Violist

Saturday Evening
October 10 at 6:30PM
at the Park City Community Church Social Hall
Minimum Donation $35 per person.
Reservations may be made in advance online: Click Here
or by email: or call 801-671-3549 and leave a message.
This concert includes the dinner and dessert buffet and performances of lush and flashy virtuoso works performed by the Festival Artists
Performing Artists:
Pianist Bryan Stanley
Mezzo-soprano Gretchen Windt
Festival Artists in Residence: Russell Harlow, Clarinetist and Leslie Harlow, Violist

Sunday Afternoon
October 11 at 3PM
at Temple Har Shalom
Regular Admission $20, Seniors 62+/Students $15/Music students free adm
Tickets Available at the Door or
Click Here to purchase tickets online

Reinecke Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Brahms Alto Songs for Voice, Viola and Piano
Monteverdi Aria for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Gerster Sonata for Viola and Piano
Performing Artists:
Pianist Bryan Stanley
Mezzo-soprano Gretchen Windt
Festival Artists in Residence: Russell Harlow, Clarinetist and Leslie Harlow, Violist

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The 2015 Park City Film Music Festival Summer Showcase is in full swing screening a collection of excellent films whose scores won in the “Best Impact of Music in Film” Competition over the years. This is the first in a series of showcases and concerts the Festival plans to present, along with the “Best Impact of Music in Film” Competition that will be held every two years. Visit the website at for the full schedule of events.

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Westminster College will hold placement auditions for the Westminster Community Choir (formerly known as the Westminster Chorale) on Aug. 25 from 7-9 p.m. in the rehearsal room of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts.

The choir, under the direction of r. Christopher Quinn, sings a wide range of works. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at Westminster College. There will be two concerts in the upcoming 2015-16 season.

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The American West Chorus and Chamber Singers will be holding auditions for their 2015-16 season on Saturday morning, August 15.  They perform a variety of choral repertoire, from classical masterworks to pops.  Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings in Sandy, beginning August 17.  The first concert of the season in October will feature favorites from the 1960s.  To schedule an audition, call 801-733-4220 or email their manager at

For more information, visit their website at or their Facebook page

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The Salt Lake Symphony invites musicians to audition for its 2015-2016 season. Auditions will take place Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 7 pm at David Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle, on the University of Utah campus.

There are openings in all string sections — violin, viola, cello and bass — including principal cello. Please call 801-250-9419 for audition information. For information on the Salt Lake Symphony and its upcoming season visit

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BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL PARK CITY, Park City Community Church, July 16; festival runs through Aug. 3; for ticket and program information log on to

Last year the Beethoven Festival Park City invited the Dalí Quartet to help celebrate its 30th anniversary. The quartet was such a big hit with audiences that festival co-directors Leslie and Russell Harlow decided to bring them back this year for another series of concerts.

The Dalí Quartet (violinists Simon Gollo and Carlos Rubio; violist Adriana Linares; and cellist Jesús Morales) is a remarkable ensemble; it’s a true crossover group in the best sense of the word. Made up entirely of Hispanic musicians who are proud of their roots, they bring together the best music by Latin American and European composers. The result is a rare treat for everyone.

At Thursday’s concert the foursome gave a spectacular performance of works by the Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos and the German Felix Mendelssohn. They also threw three shorter pieces by two other 20th century Latin American composers into the mix that turned this program into an evening of musical magic.

They opened the concert with Villa-Lobos’ First Quartet. One of the most significant Latin American composers of the 20th century, Villa-Lobos’ music deftly blends European classical idioms with the folk traditions of his native country, and consequently brings a fresh perspective to tried and true forms.

The First Quartet consists of six fairly short movements that span a wide range of expressions, from humorous to poignant. The Dalí brought out the distinctive characteristics of each movement  with their well crafted and executed playing. The livelier movements were played with a light touch, while the slower movements were imbued with depth of feeling and finely molded lyricism.

They followed the Villa-Lobos with two wonderfully contrasting fugues by the Venezuelan composer Juan Bautista Plaza: the Fuga Romántica and the Fuga Criolla (Creole Fugue). The former is a lushly vibrant piece while the latter is folksy and playful. Both exhibit a profound understanding of the Baroque fugue as developed and perfected by J.S. Bach, while at the same time incorporating new elements, and both were played with well delineated articulation and phrasings.

The other short piece on the program was an encore, Danzón Almendra by the Cuban Abelardo Valdés, arranged for string quartet by Morales. The four brought out the rhythmic vitality and appealing charm of this piece with their playful interpretation.

The only other large scale work on the program was Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, op. 87, in which violist Leslie Harlow joined the foursome.

Even though the quintet is a late work, it still retains the youthful vigor and joyful innocence that characterizes the majority of Mendelssohn’s music. And the five players certainly made the most of it, with their exuberant and decidedly invigorating reading. Their playing exhibited an abundance of finely expressed lyricism and fluid phrasings that underscored the mood of the work. There is hardly ever a dull moment in Mendelssohn’s music, and the Dalí and Harlow made sure that the infectious good nature of the quintet came through.

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