Virtuosos Then and Now

Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
Red Cliffs Lodge

Michael Brown: Prelude and Dance for cello and piano

Isaac Albéniz: Asturias

Walter Piston: Duo for viola and cello

Zosha di Castri: String Quartet No. 1

Derek Bermel: Four Etudes for Violin

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, op. 73

Bohuslav Martinů: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola H. 313

Event Description: 

The art of the virtuoso is normally compared to athleticism. Speed, accuracy, and power of personality are the easiest ways to wow an audience and get them on their feet, wondering to themselves “How did they do that”? That was the role of the 19th century concert pianist or violinist.  Over the years, another kind of virtuosity in music has developed, one that has to do more with the heart of an artist and the insight that they can communicate to an audience. Of course it is this subtle attention to expression that usually wins over the hearts of listeners. Both kinds of virtuosity will be on display,  as the MMF features our amazing artists as soloists. This is not a competition. Each player has achieved a level of mastery with their instrument and the music they play. And the concert will present a  tremendous variety of styles and periods. Pieces that require only one or two musicians also allow us to have safe rehearsals with one another, as we continue to exercise best practices and behavior to help everyone stay healthy.

This performance is dedicated to the memory of Bruce Browning.

$40 Adult
$5 Student (ages 6-18), Children under age 6: Free
Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
No tent in 2020. All seating is outdoors in chairs or on the lawn.
No shuttles in 2020. Red Cliffs Lodge is located on Hwy 128 by mile marker 14; Free parking.
Program and artists are subject to change without notice.

2020 Festival Program