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BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL Artists Showcase Performance

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Park City Community Church

4501 Utah 224

Park City, UT 84098

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Hear the Brahms Piano Quartet in C Minor, Milhaud Clarinet,Violin and Piano Trio and Stamitz Quartet with Violin, Clarinet,Viola and Piano

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Acclaimed artists, violinist Rebekah Johnson, cellist Julie Bevan and pianist John Jensen, will join forces with Festival Artists in Residence Russell and Leslie Harlow, clarinetist and violist, for works of great beauty, vitality and elegance.

The Brahms C Minor Piano Quartet is one of the most beloved works in chamber music. The Trio by by Milhaud is filled with cabaret style and a bit of jazz influence. The Stamitz Quartet is an elegant, engaging work combining violin, viola, clarinet and cello.

About the artists:

Violinist Rebekah Johnson gave her first public performance at the age of six on a CBS television special. By the time she entered Juilliard at age sixteen as a student of Ivan Galamian, she was already a seasoned soloist who had toured widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. In addition to being a very busy chamber artist, she is concertmaster of Musica Viva and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey and appears regularly on series at Lincoln Center and at such festivals as Spoleto and the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Cellist Julie Bevan received a Master of Music degree as a member of the master class of legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. A widely experienced performer, Ms. Bevan has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Sir Neville Marriner and served as principal cellist of the Chicago String Ensemble for fifteen seasons, appearing frequently as soloist. She was a member of such prestigious chamber orchestras as the Storioni Ensemble and the Ars Viva Orchestra, both in Chicago, and was principal cellist of the Sinfonia da Camera in residence at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Bevan has served on the faculties of North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University and Northern Michigan University and Brigham Young University, and has taught cellists ages three to seventy during the past 25 years. As a chamber musician, Bevan performed with the Chicago Ensemble, one of Chicago's premiere chamber ensembles, for twelve seasons. She was cellist of the Fontenelle String Quartet of the Omaha Symphony and the Testore Piano Trio.

Pianist John Jensen is a musician of great diversity and accomplishment, who combines the virtuosity of a fine classical musician with the imagination of a great jazz pianist. He is an avant-garde keyboard player who masters the most complex and esoteric styles. Referring to Mr. Jensen’s New York debut recital performance of Charles Ives’ mammoth “Concord” Sonata, New York Times critic Raymond Ericson said, “A first-rate performance of a great work. He has recorded "Tre Ricercari" by Martinu, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for London Records and Mr. Jensen's solo recordings include the piano music of Aaron Copland and Paul Reale, and the piano sonatas of Charles Ives, as well as solo jazz compact discs. Mr. Jensen received his musical training in Southern California, studying with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and John Crown on piano and famed composers Ingolf Dahl and Halsey Stevens in composition. As a member of the Mirecourt Piano Trio, he has made seventeen recordings.

Festival Artist in Residence, 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. In addition to performances in Utah with the Beethoven Festival in Utah, the Contemporary Music Consortium and the 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. He attended both UCLA and USC before joining the Utah Symphony at the age of 21, studying 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. Russell Harlow has performed for International Clarinet Association events worldwide, also giving lectures on clarinetists of the past century. Mr. Harlow served as Associate Principal Clarinet for the Utah Symphony and has recorded solos for major filmscores. He founded and directed Utah’s Nova Series until he joined the Beethoven Festival as Co-Director in 1986.

Artist in Residence and Festival Founder Leslie Harlow: As a young artist, violist Leslie Harlow participated in master classes with William Primrose, Paul Doktor, Donald McGinnis, Heidi Castleman and Nabuko Imai and has performed in chamber music with a host of noted artists including violinists Charles Libove, Andres Cardenes, Glenn Dicterow, Bill Preucil, Shlomo Mintz, Elmar Oliveira, Paul Rosenthal, Charles Castleman, Arturo Delmoni, Joseph Silverstein, Oleh Krysa, Philippe Djokic, Scott Yoo, Manuel Ramos, violist Paul Neubauer, cellists Fred Zlotkin, Jeffrey Solow, Stephen Balderston, Yehuda Hanani, Scott Ballantyne, Mark Kosower, Denise Djokic, pianists Gail Niwa, John Novacek, John Jensen, Doris Stevenson, Michael Gurt. 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. Her chamber music coaches included Felix Galimer, Samuel Rhodes, David Soyer, Paul Doktor, Charles Castleman, Robert Sylvester and Julius Baker. Following graduation from Juilliard, Ms Harlow founded the Park City International Music Festival, the festival continues today as the BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL, Utah’s oldest classical music festival, having presented over 750 concerts to date. Ms. Harlow has recorded as principal violist and soloist for film scores including the movies “Murder in the First” and “Surviving Picasso.” While studying in New York, she performed chamber music and recitals in New York City and at the Skaneateles Festival. 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.

About the venue: Fellowship Hall at Park City Community Church

The excellent acoustics, easy access and elevator, air conditioning and plenty of convenient parking make the Fellowship Hall of the Community Church an inviting concert venue for summer performances. Join us for the 3PM performance. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance online.

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