2021 Festival Overview: Awakening
From Artistic Director & Conductor Steven Schick
Come Alive with Breck Music.
In celebration of the 40th Breckenridge Music Festival, we are not imagining how we will return to business-as-usual after the pandemic; we are eager to embrace a new future, with new music, new projects and a new sense of dedication to our listeners. We are eager for a new awakening!
Built around themes of optimism and new beginnings, we are creating new initiatives as well as spiffing up much-loved traditional aspects of past festivals. We’ll be more mobile, more flexible and more inventive than ever before.
On our new AirStage—a high-tech retrofitted Airstream trailer with a built-in stage—we’ll present small ensemble versions of our innovative Tiny Porches and Family concerts. And on the stage of the Riverwalk Center, we’ll offer our trademark combination of beloved classical music and new work. You’ll hear a stellar ensemble of 15 professional musicians from across the country perform lots of music that you already know and love from Brahms and Wagner to Debussy and Stravinsky. And you’ll make some new composer friends from Astor Piazzolla to Steve Reich and Valerie Coleman to Samuel Coleridge Taylor.
We’re not going back; we’re going forward! Join us for our 2021 season—An Awakening!
Artistic Partners & People
Violinist Kate Hatmaker enjoys a varied career as performer, educator and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder, Executive and Artistic Director of Art of Elan (www.artofelan.org), a San Diego-based chamber music organization that has been building community through music since 2007, and has been a tenured violinist with the San Diego Symphony since 2006. Ms. Hatmaker has been a featured soloist with a wide variety of North American orchestras, including the San Diego Symphony, and has performed at the Vail International Dance Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and the Breckenridge Music Festival, among others. She has served on the faculty at the University of California-San Diego and the Coronado School of the Arts, and is a frequent chamber music recitalist, guest clinician, and keynote speaker. She completed her Master of Music degree at Carnegie Mellon University and her undergraduate training at both the University of Iowa and the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with high honors and degrees in both Political Science and French.
Violinist William Shaub was appointed Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and has performed in many of the nation’s most important venues, and in concert halls throughout the world. Since his recital debut in New York City at Juilliard’s Starling-DeLay Symposium in 2013, he has captivated audiences as a soloist, in recitals, and from the concertmaster chair. The winner of an inaugural Academy Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic and a graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been praised in the press as “a wonderful ambassador for music” (Cleveland Classical) and for performances “full of passion and energy, exquisitely rendered with refined details that escape one in recordings”.
Kyle Armbrust started playing the viola at age three. A dedicated chamber musician and active collaborator, Kyle has worked with distinct artists such as J. Cole, Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Vijay Iyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Tyshawn Sorey, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Mitsuko Uchida, and John Zorn. He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights Chamber Orchestra, and teaches at Ithaca College in New York.
Born in New York, cellist Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As a member of the Hausmann Quartet he is an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. As a long-time member of The Knights he has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, from New York to Vienna, Ireland, Germany and the Canary Islands, and appeared at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood and Salzburg. He has recorded for Ancalagon, Arc, Bridge, Canary Classics, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos, Warner Classics and Sony records. His varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, recordings for film, television and commercials, studies of early music and performances throughout Mexico. He lives in San Diego.
Nicholas Browne regularly performs with The Philadelphia Orchestra, with whom he has toured China and appeared in Carnegie Hall. Formerly a member the bass section of the San Antonio Symphony (2014-2020), he appeared as guest Principal Bass with the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra in the spring of 2018 and 2019. He has also performed with the Pittsburgh, Houston, and Grand Rapids Symphonies, and the Rochester Philharmonic.
A native of Pittsburgh PA, Nicholas earned a Bachelor of Music from Duquesne University and a Master of Music at Rice University, studying with Jeffrey Turner and Timothy Pitts respectively. As a student, he enjoyed summers as a fellow at Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood Music Center.
Jessica Petrasek is Acting Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Originally from San Antonio, TX, she is an alumna of Princeton and Rice Universities. Jessica lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Joe and daughter Sophia. She enjoys riding her horse, Rav, who loves babysitting Sophia.
An ardent chamber musician, Alexandra von der Embse founded Ensemble39, a chamber group dedicated to collaborations and commissions, in 2010. She currently serves as Principal Oboe of the Breckenridge Music Festival and from 2016-2018 played Associate Principal Oboe and English Horn in the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, where, in addition to the great symphonic literature, she loved being in the opera and ballet pits. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Nathan Hughes. She previously studied at the Curtis Institute under Richard Woodhams and Oberlin Conservatory under James Caldwell, Alex Klein, and Robert Walters. Ms. von der Embse loves exploring her new home in Copenhagen, Denmark, cheering on OL Reign and the US Women’s National Soccer Team, and read 100 books in 2018.
Israeli born clarinetist Ran Kampel enjoys a versatile career of solo, chamber music and orchestral performances. He held principal clarinet positions with the Jacksonville Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony and was a fellow with the New World Symphony. He also has performed as a guest musician with The Cleveland Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ran currently holds the position of assistant professor of clarinet at Baylor University School of Music in Texas. Outside the concert hall, he enjoys cooking, skiing, hiking, playing tennis and soccer.
TK DeWitt is the Associate Principal Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist of the Kansas City Symphony, a position he has held since 2013. Previous appoints include Second Bassoon with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Adjunct Associate Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has attended the Breckenridge Music Festival since 2011, and one day hopes to visit Breck in the winter in order to ski. In Kansas City, he and his husband Bryan enjoy cooking, running, and playing with their beagle Abby.
Anne-Marie Cherry is a versatile performer and educator enjoying a varied career including frequent solo, chamber, orchestral and recording engagements. Currently living in Georgia, and serving as the Assistant Professor of Horn at Columbus State University, she enjoys exploring the beautiful trails of Georgia and performing with ensembles across the southeast. Previous positions have included the University of Texas at Austin, Spokane Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Anne-Marie enthusiastically explores new possibilities for the horn, frequently commissioning new works. Her playing can be heard as the solo horn on the soundtrack of the film The Last Full Measure (2020), and on the album of Zack Stanton’s chamber works, Echoes of Veiled Light. An active guest artist & clinician, she explores applications of mindfulness in music performance, pedagogy and practice with students and teachers around the country. Anne-Marie has been performing in Breckenridge since 2015.
Joseph Petrasek was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and Principal Percussionist of the Colorado Music Festival in 2019. Mr. Petrasek is also on the percussion faculty at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Previously, he served as Associate Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony for 8 seasons, and as a percussion fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Joseph has appeared as Guest Principal with the San Francisco Symphony, and has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Petrasek and his wife, Jessica, live in Atlanta their daughter Sophia, and their two cats. He enjoys cooking and learning about wine.