Breckenridge Music Festival

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony



July 27

Jul 27


Riverwalk Center

The word “Serenade” comes from the same root as serene, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to these monumental and often rhythmically-charged works for winds and strings. A first half of dueling winds and strings gives way to the synchronous orbits of two cosmically-inspired works written more than two hundred years apart.

Richard Strauss

Serenade for Winds in E-flat Major, Trv 106, Op. 7

Piotr Tchaikovsky

Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48


Missy Mazzoli

Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)

W. A. Mozart

Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter”

Steven Schick composer
Steven Schick Conductor

Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. Hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument,” he has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion. Schick was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.

Steven Schick is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a conductor, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. He is the curator of, and will be conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony to be held in January of 2018.

Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and many articles. He has released numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014 (both on Mode). He received the “Diapason d’Or” as conductor (Xenakis Ensemble Music with ICE) and the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis, as percussionist (Stockhausen), each for the best new music release of 2015. He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.

Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival.

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