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Welcome Fall at Ouray County's Annual San Juan Chamber Music Fest

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @11:05 AM

As the aspen leaves change color in Ouray County, and the weather becomes crisp with the taste of autumn, experience the beautiful sounds of the San Juan Chamber Music Fest.


san juan chamber music fest ourayOuray County Performing Arts Guild (OCPAG) is a non profit organization, bringing quality events in music, dance, theater and other genres to Ouray and Ridgway.

Each year, The San Juan Chamber Music Festival boasts a variety of talented musicians both performing and sharing classical music knowledge. This year share the experience of three incredible artists!


max levinson san juan music festMAX LEVINSON 

San Juan Chamber MusicFest Artistic Director

Celebrating his 10th year with the
San Juan Chamber MusicFest, Pianist Max Levinson is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with a fearless technique. 

Strongly committed to nurturing young audiences, Max Levinson has been a participant in the Grammy-in-the-Schools program throughout the United States and in other outreach performances across the country. He is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory, and also teaches at the Killington Music Festival, and was formerly on the applied music faculty of Brown University.

He has recently become active as a conductor, and his performances as conductor of the Killington Music Festival orchestra have resulted in standing ovations and return engagements.

felix fan san juan music festFELIX FAN


Felix Fan returns to the San Juan Chamber MusicFest with the versatility that has made him one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham and Janos Starker, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Musikverein and Royal Festival Hall. Fan's recent solo engagements include the San Diego and Pacific Symphonies, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macau Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

In 2006, Fan and violinist Cho-Liang Lin recorded Gordon Chin's Double Concerto with Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony (Naxos). Fan's interest in contemporary music has led to collaborations with today's leading composers including George Crumb, Tan Dun, Hans Werner Henze, Oliver Knussen, Kaija Saariaho and Charles Wuorinen. Appearances with the Bang on a Can All-Stars has allowed Fan to work with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Terry Riley and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. In 2008, Fan joined the Flux Quartet.

carol mcgonnel ouray musicCarol McGonnell


First timer to the San Juan Chamber MusicFest, Dublin-born Carol McGonnell brings to us her impressive sophisticated talents on the clarinet.

Recently hailed as "an extraordinary clarinetist" by the New York Times. She is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire, and also enjoys exploring cutting-edge developments in new music. She recently performed as soloist in both John Adam's "In Your Ear Festival" at Carnegie and in LA's "Monday Evening Concerts", curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, Vermont and performed at the inaugural concert of Zankel Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.

She has guest curated the music programme for the Kilkenny Arts Festival and is on the advisory board of the Argento New Music Project. Carol is artistic director of Music for Museums, in association with the National Gallery of Ireland and including museums such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the LA Getty. She studied in Ireland with Brian O'Rourke and in New York with Charles Neidich. She is currently one of the 16 handpicked fellows of the first phase of the Academy, a programme of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute.


"Musical Journeys"Friday - September 16, 2011 
Classical Cafe
4H Center 7:30

Tickets - $20 (presale) / $22 at the door, $5 Students

Gershwin Preludes
"Claire de Lune"
Beethoven Trio
and more

Kick off the annual San Juan Chamber Music Festival at the 4H Center for a Classical Cafe.  You will be able to experience world class musicians Max Levinson, Felix Fan & Carol McGonnell in a one-of-a-kind informal cafe style setting and learn much more about the music of the evening.

Master Classes Saturday - September 17, 2011

Class Fee: $20 Scholarships are available, please email mehralph@msn.com for questions and registration.

Join Carol McGonnell with clarinet, Max Levinson on piano and Felix fan on the cello for an opportunity for serious music students to work one-on-one with a world class musicians in perfecting a prepared piece. Location TBD

Sunday - September 18, 2011
San Juan Chamber MusicFest Concert
4H Center 7:30

Tickets - $20 (presale) / $22 at the door, $5 Students

Enjoy the All Brahms Concert Trio in a minor cello Sonata in E minor.

Tuesday - September 20, 2011
Home Salon Concert & Dinner
High Creek Ranch in Ridgway

"The American Century"

Tickets - $75 -- Call 970-626-2970 for reservations.

Imagine being in one of the most beautiful homes in Ouray County, dining on elegant cuisine and being entertained in the most intimate of settings. This is a very special event that happens only once a year.

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