Ten pianists at the Princeton Peak Piano Retreat
The 11th Princeton Peak Piano Retreat will take place July 27th through July 31st at the BoatArk, home of Jo and Harvey Boatright in Buena Vista. Master Classes with Jo Boatright, pianist and Artistic Director of the Walden Chamber Music Society, are conducted daily from 9:30 to noon. Auditors and observers are welcome to attend the Master Classes. Call (719) 395-2097 for more information and directions.
The PPPR week culminates at the BoatArk with performances on Friday, July 31st. Participants will present a dress rehearsal at 10:30am and a recital at 7:00pm at the BoatArk. The public is welcome to attend. Admission is by donation. Reservations are a must. For reservation call (719) 395-2097 no later than July 30th.
This year the PPPR welcomes ten participants, including young high school students, advanced pianist students, and seasoned piano teachers in an exceptionally varied and demanding program.
Roscoe Bassell from Ft. Worth Texas (age 15) will play Saint-Saëns’ g minor Concerto, third movement and an original composition written just for the PPPR.
Hille Dals from Denver will play Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat Major, K.570 and Bach’s English Suite in A Major.
Bonnie Dove from the Dallas area and Roscoe’s teacher will play Chopin’s Scherzo in b-flat minor and the Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns in the duet form with Roscoe.
Beth McGilvey from Boulder will play Bach’s Toccata from Partita #6. With her duo partner, Marcia Pasquez, she will also play the Brasileira from Scaramouch by Milhaud and Dave Brubeck’s Four by Four.
Mary Mae Mollitor, a young student from Buena Vista, will play Chopin’s Prelude in D-flat “Raindrop” and the first movement of Sonata in c minor, Op 13 (Pathétique) by Beethoven.
Cathy Motter, who teaches at Colorado Christian University, will play the Etude in d# minor, Op. 8 by Scriabin.
Michael Nikkel from Denver will play Schubert’s Sonata, Op. 120 and Brahms’ Ballade, Op. 10, No. 1.
Marie Suzuki, returning participant who received her Master of Music degree in Piano and Composition from Denver University in May, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Romance and Tarantella from the Suite, Op 17 with Cathy Motter.
Caleb Wenzel is a Doctoral Candidate at Notre Dame University and PPPR participant for over eight years. He will play the third movement of Piano Concerto in G Major, Op. 58 by Beethoven. Caleb will perform this concerto with the Notre Dame Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 2016.
All PPPR participants practice at local churches and in the homes of Buena Vista residents, who generously make their pianos available during the PPPR week. Thank you to all!
The PPPR is an event sponsored by the Walden Chamber Music Society. For more information, please visit www.waldenchambermusic.org.