Park City Chamber Music Festival opens 41st season
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Park City Chamber Music Festival opens 41st season

Founded in 1983 as the Park City International Music Festival, it was later renamed the Beethoven Festival. Now the name simply reflects what it is: the Park City Chamber Music Festival. On Saturday, the organization will hold the first of 18 concerts planned for the summer, including a home-living room concert.

Festival director Russell Harlow said this year’s programme will feature a mix of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions performed by an impressive group of artists.

The music will begin Saturday evening, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Park City Community Church with the Amadeus Trio, joined by Harlow on clarinet, playing music by Joaquin Turina, Felix Mendelssohn and the more contemporary composer Paul Hindemith, who wrote his Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano in 1938.

A lot of people who know classical music are a little afraid of Paul Hindemith because he’s going to be very, very serious,” Harlow explained. “But it’s such a beautiful piece, written just before World War II, when tensions in Germany were obviously quite high, and his wife was Jewish. He had to leave the country. But he wrote it in 1938. Anyway, it’s a wonderful piece for piano trio and clarinet.”

The festival, famous for its intimate performances and world-class musicians, will last until August 18.

The highlight of the season is a salon concert on August 17th in a private home, where you can enjoy food, wine and music.

Seven free Monday evening concerts are also scheduled at City Park from July 15 to August 26 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Park City Chamber Music Festival are available now, with options for single shows and season passes. For more information and a full schedule of events