Almost every summer for the past 10 years, I purchase 50 group-discounted tickets to an appropriate concert at the Colorado Music Festival, and Ellen and Josh Taxman graciously agree to open their beautiful home and yard adjacent to Chautauqua for a wine, cheese and dessert reception. A signature ACE event, the CMF summer evening is always magical.
This year, choosing the concert was made easy by the festival’s inclusion of Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman as artist in residence.
Noted internationally for extraordinary artistry that brings back to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries, Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces contemporary music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings.
Born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, Vadim Gluzman began violin studies at age 7 before moving to Israel in 1990. A graduate of Julliard, Gluzman enjoyed the encouragement and support of Isaac Stern early in his career. The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and NHK Symphony; and with leading conductors and at prominent festivals around the world. Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and long-standing recital partner, founded the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Illinois. Vadim Gluzman plays the extraordinary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivari.
On Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm in Chautauqua Auditorium, Gluzman performs Russian Passions, a program that includes Liadov’s The Enchanted Lake; Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major; and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. (See CMF description below.) There is a free talk in the tent prior to the concert at 6:30 pm.
A few tickets still remain, and anyone who already has tickets can attend the reception for $25. To purchase, CLICK HERE.
“Violinist Vadim Gluzman concludes his residency by returning to the stage as soloist in Tchaikovsky’s monumental Violin Concerto – one of the most technically difficult works for the instrument. Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni and the CMF Orchestra also present Anatoly Liadov’s brief, but transcendent “Enchanted Lake.” For the second half of the program, Modest Mussorgsky’s vivid and ponderous “Pictures at an Exhibition” is paired with stunning new projected animation developed by a team of professors and students at the University of Southern California to celebrate the opening of Frank Gehry’s stunning New World Center in Miami.”