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AUTUMN CLASSICS CONCERTS
Oct 4 - 19, 2014

Four concerts over three weeks featuring outstanding classical artists performing in beautiful intimate settings.

Intimate Chamber Music Concerts performed by Acclaimed Artists

ARTIST SHOWCASE CONCERT OCTOBER 4 / SAT 7:00 PM
Beethoven Festival Concert at North Summit High School in Coalville, Utah
Presenting Piano Steinway Artist and
former Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition Winner

MICHAEL GURT, CONCERT PIANIST

with Festival Artists in Residence
Clarinetist Russell Harlow
Violist Leslie Harlow

Program:
Selections from:
Clementi's Piano F-Sharp Minor Piano Sonata
Brahms' "Klavierstucke" Op. 119
Solo Piano Works by Hector Villa-Lobos
Brahms' Sonata in F Minor for Clarinet and Piano
Works for Viola, Clarinet and Piano


Admission is Free for this Concert

Map and Directions for North Summit High School, Coalville, Utah






30th Beethoven Festival Season GALA CELEBRATION SALON CONCERT AND BUFFET OCTOBER 5 / SUN AFT 3:00PM
Temple Har Shalom on the outskirts of Park City near Canyons Resort
Presenting Piano Steinway Artist and
former Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition Winner

MICHAEL GURT, CONCERT PIANIST

with Festival Artists in Residence
Clarinetist Russell Harlow
Violist Leslie Harlow

Program:
Clementi's Piano F-Sharp Minor Piano Sonata
Brahms' "Klavierstucke" Op. 119
Two Solo Piano Works by Hector Villa-Lobos
Brahms' Sonata in F Minor for Clarinet and Piano
Salon Works for Viola, Clarinet and Piano

Make your reservations in advance online here. Reservations may also be made by email to lharlow@pcmusicfestival.com or call 435-649-5309. Please include the number of guests who will be attending. Tickets are also available at the door subject to space available. You will receive a confirmation by email or by phone. Admission is $50 per person. Checks to PCCMS or payment using any major credit card will be collected at the event.


Steinway Concert Grand Piano generously provided by Daynes Music

Temple Har Shalom Map and Directions

FESTIVAL WEEK TWO



ARTIST SHOWCASE CONCERT OCTOBER 10 / FRI 7:00PM
Park City Community Church
featuring Festival Artists in Residence
Clarinetist Russell Harlow
Violist Leslie Harlow
with Pianist Bryan Stanley
Program:
Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B Minor
Introduction and Rondo for Clarinet and Piano by Vidor
Piano Preludes by Bryan Stanley
Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano by Reinecke
Additional charming shorter works by Ravel, Gerster and Beethoven

Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance online. Tickets are $15 for Students, $15 for Seniors 62+. Regular admission is $20.

Map and Directions for the Park City Community Church



FESTIVAL WEEK THREE



SPECIAL EVENT: OCTOBER 19 / SUN 5:30PM
Try your hand at painting a masterpiece while enjoying live performances of chamber music masterpieces. Hosted at The Paint Mixer Studio in Park City. $50 per person includes along with tasty hors d'oevres. Wine is available for an additional price. All painting supplies are supplied at the event.


Festival performers for the evening:
Festival Artists in Residence
Clarinetist Russell Harlow
Violist Leslie Harlow
with Pianist Bryan Stanley

For more information and/or to register online for this event, click here.
Map and directions for The Paint Mixer in Park City.
738 Main Street in Park City





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“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


Violist Leslie Harlow, Founder/Director of the Park City Music Festival, is both a solo and chamber performer. Leslie Harlow has performed as violist in chamber concerts with many of the finest artists of this era including violinists Charles Libove, Glenn Dicterow, Paul Rosenthal, Bill Preucil, Elmar Oliviera, Shlomo Mintz, Charles Castleman, Scott Yoo, Arturo Delmoni, Walter Olivares, Monte Belknap and Joseph Silverstein, and violist Paul Neubauer. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Leslie Harlow performed in master classes for William Primrose, Paul Doktor, Donald McGinnis, Heidi Castleman and Nabuko Imai and her primary teachers were Marna Street, Susan Schoenfeld, Paul Doktor, and violinist Harry Shub with additional lessons with Heidi Castleman, Donald Wright and Francis Tursi. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimer, Samuel Rhodes, David Soyer, Paul Doktor, Charles Castleman, Robert Sylvester and Julius Baker. Following graduation from Juilliard, Ms Harlow founded the Deer Valley (Utah) Chamber Music Festival in 1984. Renamed the Park City Music Festival, the festival continues as Utah's oldest classical music festival, having presented over 550 concerts. Co-Director of the Autumn Classics Festival, the Sonolumina Chamber Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah, Leslie Harlow also founded and directs the Park City Film Music Festival. Ms. Harlow also serves as Associate Artistic Director of the Affetti Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Harlow has recorded as principal violist and soloist for film scores including the movies "Murder in the First" and "Surviving Picasso." Prior to Juilliard, Ms. Harlow was Assistant Principal Viola with the Oklahoma Symphony, performing at festivals in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina and New York. While studying in New York, she performed chamber music and recitals in New York City and at the Skaneateles Festival. In Utah she has taught chamber music at Brigham Young University, served as director for the Virtuoso Series and Principal Violist with Ballet West before resigning to perform with the Utah Symphony. Ms. Harlow has also appeared as guest artist with the Sitka Festival (Alaska), Lyrica Series (New Jersey), Piatigorsky Foundation (New York), and Bargemusic (New York) as well as performing chamber music for the International Clarfests in Baltimore, Texas, Utah and Vancouver (Canada). She has performed on tour in Europe with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Utah Symphony. Recordings include Chamber Music for Clarinets and Strings on the ISOMIKE Label.


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.




Dr. Bryan Stanley, (b. 1972) accomplished pianist-composer originally from Atlantic, Iowa, USA, is Music Director at the Park City Community Church (Utah) and head of the piano faculty at the Utah Conservatory in Park City. He is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer, which include two arrangements of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring for violin/piano and solo piano, the latter of which was played at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival; and a Hal Leonard Vocal Library book of American Folksong concert arrangements (2002). In 2010 The Utah Youth Symphony commissioned and premiered his Serenade to Spring scored for four harps, strings and brass at the famed Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle. An avid coffee drinker, his compositions have also been performed with the Riverton Symphony Orchestra, at St. Louis Community College, Indiana University-Southeast, Simpson College, University of Oklahoma, and Lewis University. Stanley has been composing an ever-growing body of sacred works at the Park City Community Methodist Church, including a 2011 choral-orchestral Christmas Cantata of six movements containing original music and innovative carol arrangements. Dr. Stanley has most recently performed as a concert artist in Park City and Salt Lake City, St. Louis, and Iowa. A frequent collaborative guest artist with the Park City International Chamber Music Festival, (particularly Beethoven's Opus 11 Trio) Dr. Stanley accompanies, coaches and lectures and has played for President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His second piano concerto garnered first prize in the Riverton Symphony concerto performance competition in 2009 and has repeat performances at St. Louis Community College with composer as soloist. In 1997 the Des Moines Metro Opera premiered his one-act chamber opera, Edgar Allen Poe's The Cask of Amontillado, the result of winning a national chamber opera competition sponsored by the company. The premiere, which he conducted, was enthusiastically reviewed in the November 1997 issue of Opera News magazine. He currently is working on a new one-act, operatic endeavor. Dr. Stanley has a DMA in composition from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, an MM in piano performance from University of Missouri-Kansas City (1996), and a BM in piano performance from Simpson College (1994).