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8/20/2012 9:05:00 AM
Red Rocks Music Festival makes debut Aug. 25
Elizabeth and Sonya Schumann will return to the festival with an exciting program of “Piano Theater,
Elizabeth and Sonya Schumann will return to the festival with an exciting program of “Piano Theater," which combines four hands piano music with acting.

Elmira Darvarova, former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan  Opera Orchestra (and the first woman-concertmaster in the MET’s history), started playing th e violin at the age of 3, gave her first recital at 4, and made her debut as a soloist with an orchestra when she was 8 years old.
Elmira Darvarova, former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (and the first woman-concertmaster in the MET’s history), started playing th e violin at the age of 3, gave her first recital at 4, and made her debut as a soloist with an orchestra when she was 8 years old.
If You Go ...
What: Red Rocks Music Festival

When: Aug. 25 to Sept. 2

Where: Sedona Creative Life Center

More info: www.redrocksmusicfestival.com or 1 877-733-7257.


The 11th annual Red Rocks Music Festival is gearing up for a fabulous concert series Aug. 25 through Sept. 2.  In Sedona (Sedona Creative Life Center), programs will include Brahms & Friends with violinist Elmira Darvarova, first woman concertmaster of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra and founder of the New York Chamber Music Festival, Howard Wall, French horn - New York Philharmonic and Tomoko Kanamaru, concert pianist. 

Award-winning pianists Elizabeth and Sonya Schumann will return to the festival with an exciting program of "Piano Theater," which combines four hands piano music with acting.  "Classical Meets Jazz," will feature selections from classical and jazz genres performed by David and Teresa Ehrlich (directors of Musica Viva, VA) and festival musicians. 

The Red Rocks Music Festival will offer free community outreach/master classes on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2 p.m., at the Sedona Creative Life Center. 

Several students will have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback from festival artists Sonya & Elizabeth Schumann and David and Teresa Ehrlich.

Information about our performing artists:



Elmira Darvarova, Violin

Elmira Darvarova, former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (and the first woman-concertmaster in the MET's history), started playing th e violin at the age of 3, gave her first recital at 4, and made her debut as a soloist with an orchestra when she was 8 years old.

She was prizewinner of several international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and studied at some of the best music schools in Europe and America, such as London's Guildhall School (on a British Council scholarship), the Geneva Conservatory (on a grant from her teacher Henryk Szeryng) and Indiana University, Bloomington (as one of Josef Gingold's assistants).

Elmira Darvarova was chosen by Herbert von Karajan to perform the Brahms Concerto for one of his film projects. She has led, as concertmaster, major American orchestras, such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, and the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago. She caused a sensation, becoming the first ever woman concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, she has toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, CDs and laser discs on th e Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels. She has also performed with th e MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall.

Elmira Darvarova has appeared in recitals and as soloist on four continents, and has been concerto soloist with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and with numerous other orchestras in the United S tates and abroad.

She has given concerts and master classes at many festivals in Europe and America, and has performed chamber music with James Levine, Janos Starker and Gary Karr. Sh e has premiered and/or recorded music by Franco Alfano, Joseph Marx, Vernon Duke, Phillip Ramey, David Baker and Paul Chihara. She has recorded live for Radio Innsbruck in Austria, as well as for Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland. Her recital at Bela Bartok's Memorial House in Budapest was broadcast live throughout Europe. A documentary film about her life and career was shown on European TV.

Her most recent recordings, world premiere CDs with music by Franco Alfano, were released to critical acclaim on the Naxos label. Ms. Darvarova is the leader of the New York Piano Quartet. She is also President and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival.

Elizabeth Schumann performs internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. The Washington Post Magazine noted her pianism as "deft, relentless, and devastatingly good -- the sort of performance you experience not so much with your ears as your solar plexus."

Recently winning the first prize at both the 2007 Bösendorfer International Piano Competition and the 2008 Pacific International Piano Competition, she has won several prizes and awards in other major national and international competitions, including the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Elizabeth was a recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Young Artists Award in 2004, and was highlighted in a PBS Television documentary on the Gilmore Festival.

Elizabeth is an active performer of contemporary works, touring France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria to perform Mark Landson's Piano Quartet, Vokante Heroa. After commissioning Australian Composer Carl Vine to write his third piano sonata, she gave the World Premiere on May 11, 2007, and has given premiere performances of the piece in America, Europe, Africa, and Australia.

She has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts worldwide, in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Vienna's Bösendorfer Saal, the International UNICEF benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina Victims, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Gilmore Festival, Australia's Huntington Festival, the Musica Viva chamber music series, the Ravinia "Rising Stars" Series, New York City's "Rock Hotel Pianofest" Series, National Public Radio's "Performance Today," and "Sundays Live" radio broadcast program in Los Angeles.

Her recitals have been broadcast live on public radio and television in New York, Sydney, Cleveland, Montréal, Dallas, and Chicago.

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