Temple Square Concert Series for June 2001

The Temple Square Concert Series promised piano music in June, and it delivers nobly with recitals by nine pianists – all national and/or international artists – who are in the city as jurists for the 2001 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition. Even other artists are mostly pianistic, and so piano lovers should have a field day.

All concerts are in the Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m. Children less than eight years old should not attend, unless serious piano students.

Friday, June 1 – Russian/Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg is the winner of Israel’s Voice of Music competition for young musicians, among other awards. He has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, Stuttgart, London Soloists, and BBC National of Wales orchestras, among others, and in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, and Israel. He will play Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor, Beethoven’s Sonata in A Minor, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz, and two Etudes-Tableaux of Rachmaninoff.

Saturday, June 2 – An all-Brahms program will feature soprano Elizabeth Paniagua, with Marjorie Janove at the piano, in songs. Kay Hicks Ward will join Janove in Slavonic dances. The program will conclude with the Liebesleider Waltzes, Op. 52, with alto Debbie Griffiths, tenor Mark Pearce, bass Bruce Sullivan, and Norman Emerson at the piano.

Paniagua, a native of Costa Rica, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. She has often soloed with the Costa Rica Symphony, has sung with Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, and has won Utah Metropolitan Opera auditions.

Tuesday, June 5 – The Dan and Susanne Price Family boasts nine musical children, five of whom will perform in tonight’s “Families Making Music” concert. Melissa, Emily, and Mary began their violin training at age 4 and have won numerous awards and competitions and have soloed with the Utah Symphony and Westminster Symphony as well as with orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Europe. John is an eighth grader and currently studies with Gary Amano. David is in third grade and studies both violin and piano. Denise Farrington, well-known local accompanist, will perform with the family as they perform music by Lloyd Weber, Viextemps, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Vivaldi, and Wieniawski, among others.

Friday, June 8 – Eugene Albulescu, Romania-born pianist of international repute, will perform Beethoven’s Sonata in F Minor (Appassionata), music of Liszt, and two preludes by Rachmaninoff.

Albulescu continued his music studies in New Zealand after his family emigrated there in 1984. He made his New York debut in 1996 with a solo recital at Bargemusic and has performed in recitals and concerts on four continents as well as on National Public Radio. He won the International Grand Prix Liszt for his debut CD. He is currently on the music faculty at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, June 9 – Albulescu will be joined by his wife, soprano Jennifer Adrienne, in a “Families Making Music” concert. Her program will include songs and arias of Handel and Bach, Mahler, Boito, Mozart, and Barber.

Adrienne’s performing engagements in the United States and abroad have included a guest appearance at the San Moritz Music Festival in Switzerland. While maintaining a performance schedule as a recitalist, she has simultaneously pursued graduate degrees in music therapy and sociology.

The following nine programs, from June 12 through June 29, comprise a festival of piano recitals – all by members of the Bachauer Competition jury:

Tuesday, June 12 – Nicholas Angelich, winner of the Bachauer Competition of 1994, was a child prodigy and has been going ever since. He maintains a heavy schedule of international appearances in recital and soloing with orchestras. He will play a sonata by Mozart, Brahms ballades of Op. 10, and Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 39, of Rachmaninoff.

Wednesday, June 13 – Douglas Humpherys, winner of the inaugural Bachauer Competition in 1976, has frequently served as a jurist since then. His career has included concertizing in America, Asia, and Europe, recording, and teaching master classes. He teaches at Eastman School of Music and is visiting teacher at the University of Michigan. He will play music of Beethoven, Chopin, and Debussy, concluding with Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 7.

Thursday, June 14 – Lori Sims received the gold medal of the 1998 Bachauer Competition. Her other awards include the Mendelssohn, American Pianists’ Association, and Kosciuszcko Competitions. She has performed throughout America, Europe, and China. Her recital includes music of Bach, Schubert, and Mendelssohn, some in Rachmaninoff arrangements; also Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No. 2 and Twelve Etudes by Curtis Curtis-Smith.

Friday, June 15 – Michael Gurt plays sonata of Haydn, Rachmaninoff, and Elliott Carter; also his own arrangement of compositions of Gounod and Dukas. Gurt was gold medalist of the 1982 Bachauer. He has appeared with Chicago, Philadelphia, Utah, Baltimore, and Memphis Symphonies, and in South Africa and Australia, and is a frequent recitalist in prestigious halls. He teaches at Louisiana State University.

Saturday, June 16 – Alec Chen’s prizes include the Gina Bachauer (1986), Sydney International (1981), and Paloma O’Shea (1982) International Competitions. Among orchestras with which he has soloed are the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Utah, Buffalo, Atlanta, and Hong Kong Symphonies. His program consists of the Fantasy in A Major by Schumann, Country Dances by Zemlinsky, and pieces by R. Strauss and Schubert.

Tuesday, June 26 – Gail Niwa swept the 1991 Bachauer Competition as gold medalist, audience favorite, and best chamber music artist. She has soloed with many symphonies and chamber orchestras and ensembles in prestigious halls of the world. She is noted for her ensemble playing and often appears at the Park City International Music Festival. She will perform sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and four mazurkas by Chopin.

Wednesday, June 27 – Besides his 1980 Bachauer gold medal, Duane Hulbert has prizes from the 1982 Leeds Competition, 1984 Paloma O’Shea, and 1985 American Music Competitions. He has performed with many orchestras in America and is a frequent chamber music recitalist. His program includes preludes by Busoni/Bach, Etude Fantasy by Corigliano, and works of Glazunov.

Thursday, June 28 – Xiang-Dong Kong, Bachauer’s 1988 gold medalist and also winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky, 1992 Sydney, and 1987 Paloma O’Shea Competitions, enjoys a career that has taken him to more than 30 countries, including Lincoln Center in New York. He has recordings on many major labels. His Salt Lake City concert consists of twelve preludes by Debussy and 24 preludes by Chopin.

Friday, June 29 – Arthur Green, a gold medalist in both the Bachauer and William Kapell International piano competitions, will perform the complete etudes of Alexander Scriabin, which he has recorded for Supraphon. He has performed with an assortment of major orchestras as well as in concert halls of Asia. Green heads the piano department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Saturday, June 30 – Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault, duo-organists, perform in an unusual genre, for which they have cultivated the public taste. They have received commissions to play duets by Arthur Wills and John Rutter, among others, and soon were playing 20 duet recitals a year. They have been featured by the American Guild of Organists and have commission works from many well-known composers. In 1975 they became organists and choir masters for All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta and since 1976 have taught choral music at the Lovett School in Atlanta. They will play a program of duets commissioned by them from contemporary composers.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK Our popular Concerts in the Park series begins June 8 and continues through the month of August. Held at the Brigham Young Historic Park on the southeast corner of State Street and 2nd Avenue, the performances are free and do not require tickets. All ages are welcome. Free parking is available (enter at 59 East North Temple Street). Seating is limited. Bring blankets for lawn seating. No food or drinks, please.

JUNE 2001 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 8 UTAH NATIONAL GUARD 23RD ARMY BAND The opening concert features this outstanding band playing familiar tunes, rousing marches, and patriotic medleys.

Tuesday, June 12 CYPRUS HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR AND MADRIGALS

This well-trained high school choir sings a variety of styles with clever choreography.

Friday, June 15 SILVER CREEK CLOGGERS Precision dancing and colorful costuming come your way when these young cloggers take to the stage.

Tuesday, June 19 GRANITE YOUTH ORCHESTRA Drawn from nine area high schools, the orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center.

Friday, June 22 FAME AND HERO From Clayton Productions come talented boys and girls from 15 to 18 years of age dancing to medleys from the 40s and 50s and Broadway.

Tuesday, June 26 THE BREWSTER FAMILY This versatile family performs bluegrass and Celtic music combined with folk dancing and singing accompanied by an array of unusual instruments.

Friday, June 29 PETER BREINHOLT A very well-known and popular Utah-based singer and songwriter gives spirited acoustic performances and on his guitar plays melodic folk music.

 


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