Park City Chamber Music Festival opens 41st season

Founded in 1983 as the Park City International Music Festival, and later called 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, which includes a salon concert at home.

Festival director Russell Harlow said the season’s lineup features a mix of classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions performed by an impressive list of artists.

The music starts Sat. evening July 13 at 7:30 at Park City Community Church. It features the Amadeus Trio, with Harlow on clarinet. They will play music by Joaquín Turina, Felix Mendelssohn and a 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 scared of Paul Hindemith because he’s going to be very, very serious,” Harlow explained. “But this is such a beautiful work, written at the time just before World War II, when tensions in Germany were naturally quite strong and his wife was Jewish. He had to leave the country. But he wrote this piece in 1938. Anyway is a wonderful work for piano trio and clarinet.”

Known for its intimate performances and world-class musicians, the festival’s schedule continues this summer through August 18.

A highlight of the season is a salon concert on August 17 in a private home with food, wine and music.

Seven free Monday night concerts are also scheduled in City Park starting July 15 through August 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Tickets to Park City Chamber Music Festival are available now, with options for individual concerts and season tickets. For more information and a complete schedule of events

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