March 3 - 13, 2015

The Spring Chamber Music Festival Concerts are held in collaboration with the Utah Valley University Music Department
THANK YOU to Steinway Pianos and Daynes Music
Steinway is the Official Piano for Utah Valley University and has provided the beautiful Steinway Piano for the March 8 Concert at Temple Har Shalom

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Intimate Chamber Music Concerts performed by Acclaimed Artists

Utah Valley University Science Auditorium on the UVU OREM CAMPUS (SB134)
Presenting Steinway Piano Artist Michael Gurt and Pianist Jamie Ruf Gurt with Utah Valley University Faculty Artists and Beethoven Festival Guest Artists
Violinists Donna Fairbanks, Blanka Bednarz, Yeagi Kim Broadwell, Paula Bujes
Violists Anna Hoopes and Paula Cho
Cellists Cheung Chau and Pedro Huff
Clarinetist Russell Harlow

Short Works for various combinations of Violin, Cello and Piano by Pedro Huff
"Astoriana", "Milonga", "Um dia qualquer", "Ao teu lado" and "Dueto"
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano by Dimitri Shostakovich
Movements Two and Four from the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Carl Frühling
The Octet for Strings by Felix Mendelssohn

Admission is free for this Concert

Presenting Piano Steinway Artist and
former Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition Winner


Clarinetist Russell Harlow
Cellist Cheung Chau
Cellist Pedro Huff
Violinist Paula Bujes
Pianist Jamie Ruf Gurt

Short Works for various combinations of Violin, Cello and Piano by Pedro Huff
"Astoriana", "Milonga", "Um dia qualquer", "Ao teu lado" and "Dueto"

Duo for Violin and Cello by Hector Villa-Lobos
Sonata for Violin and Piano by Hector Villa-Lobos
Duo for Violin and Cello by Hector Villa-Lobos
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Carl Frühling
Virtuoso Piano Works featuring Steinway Artist Michael Gurt
Admission for this concert:

Steinway Grand Piano provided by Daynes Music

Tickets Available at the Door: $20 Regular Admission, $15 for Students and Seniors 62+, Music Students Admitted Free of Charge

Map for Temple Har Shalom

Temple Har Shalom Map and Directions


All Saints Episcopal Church, Salt Lake City

Clarinetist Russell Harlow, Flutist Mary Richards
Violinists Donna Fairbanks, Blanka Bednarz and Cynthia Richards
with Violist Paula Cho, Cellist Cheung Chau
Classical Guitarist Jon Yerby
Mozart Flute Quartet
"Fratres" for Violin and Classical Guitar by Arvo Pärt
Mozart Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Romantic works for Clarinet and Strings by Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Bermann.

Admission is free for this concert
Directions and Map All Saints Episcopal Church


“Throughout the evening there was never a blurred or awkward phrase, and Mr. Gurt displayed an almost superhuman command of the keyboard.” New York Times

“No doubt about it, Gurt is a high pianistic achiever.” Los Angeles Times

“Friday’s soloist [with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra], Michael Gurt, galloped from one end of the keyboard to the other with plenty of power and panache. . . shaping the phrases of the Andante with real refinement. Here is a young pianist one would greatly enjoy hearing again.”
Chicago Tribune

“Michael Gurt is a young American pianist with an uncanny ability to summon up the periods of the works which he plays. . . . The Mendelssohn Serious Variations and Chopin’s B Flat Minor Sonata were played with a surefire grasp, a sense of mood and era (he hardly ever touched the pedal in the Mendelssohn while offering a grand sound), no fear to give a big percussive sound when necessary, but always with a sense of the most noble conception.” South China Morning Post Hong Kong.“Michael Gurt is one of the finest young pianists heard in Cape Town and his performance of Rachmaninov’s ‘other’ concerto was nothing short of a triumph. Gurt is possessed of a seemingly infallible technique. Certainly, not even in the most torrid of Rachmaninov’s passages does he give the impression of being stretched. His tone remains crystal clear and beautifully graded, balances between melodic and accompanimental elements of the solo writing are cautiously maintained and ensemble with the orchestra remains taut. His tone ranges from a booming bass register to a brilliantly percussive upper extreme in forte dynamics. But, in quieter episodes, it has the beguiling liquidity of the Chopin exponent. Pedaling is discreet and to the point-extending, never blurring. Best of all, he knows just when to use which effect. He made of this performance a highlight of the symphonic season.” Cape Times Cape Town, South Africa. Pianist Michael Gurt has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Capetown Symphony, the National Orchestra of China in Beijing, and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, among others. He has performed solo recitals in Alice Tully Hall in New York, Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, City Hall in Hong Kong, the Victorian Arts Center in Melbourne, Australia, Baxter Hall in Capetown, South Africa, and the Attatürk Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey. He has appeared as guest artist with the Takács String Quartet and he recently performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Mr. Gurt has served on the juries of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. He has been featured on a nationwide PBS broadcast, performing the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto with the Utah Symphony. Gurt has recorded on the Naxos, Centaur and Redwood labels. Mr. Gurt is Professor and Keyboard Division Chair at Louisiana State University. He has served as Piano Chairman of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. He has also taught at two seminars held at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan.Michael Gurt received his early musical training from his father, Joseph Gurt, and from Dorothy Taubman. He obtained his BM degree from the University of Michigan School of Music, where his teacher was Louis Nagel. Upon graduation he received the coveted Stanley Medal. Gurt did his graduate work with Martin Canin at the Juilliard School in New York. While a student there, he performed the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Orchestra. In 1982, Mr. Gurt won First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and he has been a prizewinner in international competitions held in Sydney, Australia, and Pretoria, South Africa

Clarinetist Russell Harlow is one of the nation's premiere solo and chamber clarinetists. In 1996 Mr. Harlow performed the New York Premiere of the Ramiro Cortes Trio (written for him), along with the Brahms Quintet, at Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York City. Harlow recently joined the artist faculty of the Affetti Chamber Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska, and will perform on tour in Europe in June of 2011. The recent Sonolumina Ensemble recording featuring Mr. Harlow "Chamber Music for Clarinets and Strings" on the ISOMIKE Label received critical acclaim in the U.S. and Europe. Russell Harlow is the co-Director of the Park City Music Festival, the Autumn Classics Music Festival, the Winter Classics Music Festival, The Spring Chamber Music Festival and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah. He has performed for International Clarinet Association events throughout the world, also giving lectures on clarinetists of the past century. In addition to performances in Utah with the Park City and Autumn Classics Festivals, Contemporary Music Consortium and Sonolumina Orchestra, Mr. Harlow has performed with the Sitka and Anchorage Fall Classics Festivals (Alaska), the Amsterdam Chamber Players, the Puerto Rico Clarinet Festival, the Ars Nova, Lyrica and Piatigorsky Foundation concerts in New Jersey and with the Leonore Trio and Bargemusic in NYC. Russell Harlow studied with clarinetists Gary Foster, Mitchell Lurie, Harold Wright and violinist Charles Libove, and was coached in chamber music and attended the master classes by cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Harlow is featured on recordings with flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, the Mirecourt Trio, the Park City Music Festival and the Utah Symphony. Mr. Harlow has recorded numerous solos for major filmscores and is featured on many Utah Symphony recordings. He founded and directed Utah's Nova Series until he joined the Park City International Music Festival as Co-Director in 1986. He attended both UCLA and USC before joining the Utah Symphony at the age of 21.

Financial and In-Kind Support for the
provided by the following:

The Bennett Family Trust
The Summit County RAP Tax Fund
Summit County Restaurant Tax Fund
George S. and Dolores Dore´ Eccles Foundation
KBYU Classical Radio
The Utah Arts Council and
The National Endowment for the Arts
The Salt Lake County ZAP Tax Fund
Phyllis Egermeier Trust
Russell and Leslie Harlow
Eleanor Sedgwick
The Park City Community Church
Temple Har Shalom
Steinway & Sons Pianos
Daynes Music

The Park City Chamber Music Society
Board of Directors:
Annette Amendola
Russell Harlow
Leslie Harlow
Jon Scarlet
Margaret Lewis

Friends of the Festival:
Bette Scarlet, Rhea Bouman, Jan Zinn, Russell Hoburg, Ann Fischer, Nathan Vineyard
The Festival Volunteers

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