Summer Concerts in Colorado and Maine

Mr. Ohlsson continues his summer tour with performances at festivals in Colorado and Maine during the first week of July. After performing works by Tchaikovsky at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, he continues on to another Colorado ski town: Aspen. There, he opens the Aspen Music Festival concert series with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K. 271, “Jeunehomme” on July 2. Mozart’s first piano masterpiece was composed in 1777, and is a perfect piece for a summer evening in the mountains. Conducted by Robert Spano, Mr. Ohlsson will perform this work with the Aspen Festival Orchestra. The second half of the program is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan.”

Mr. Ohlsson then crosses the US to perform at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival on July 6. He performs works by two diverse composers there: Schubert and Scriabin. The recital program begins and ends with Schubert piano sonatas: opening with the Sonata in A minor, and ending with the Sonata in A major. These two pieces contrast with works by Scriabin, a Russian Symbolist composer, who used unique textures and composition techniques in all of his pieces. Mr. Ohlsson performs Etude, Opus 65, No. 1; Etude in D-flat Major, Opus 8, No. 10; Prelude, Opus 59, No. 2; Poeme, Opus 32, No. 1; Sonata No. 5, and Opus 53 by Scriabin. All works are somewhat rarely performed, yet revolutionary in the history of piano music. Mr. Ohlsson has recorded several of Scriabin’s piano works; listen to them on Spotify here.   This concert will be held at the Shalin Liu performance center.