Closing Night: Brahms Symphony No. 2

Breckenridge Music Festival

Closing Night: Brahms Symphony No. 2



August 15

Aug 15

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm

Riverwalk Center

Gabriel Fauré/trans. Linville

Selections from La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61

Michael Gordon

Bassoon Concerto Observations on Air 

Chou Wen-Chung


Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

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.

Steven Schick is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the Breckenridge Music.

As conductor, Schick 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. In 2018 he curated and was conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony designed to highlight the musical dimensions of the cross-border area.

Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014 (Mode).For the latter, he received the Deutscheschallplattenkritikpreis 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.

Closing Night: Brahms Symphony No. 2
TK Dewitt Bassoon

Thomas DeWitt is currently the Associate Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon of the Kansas City Symphony.  Previously, he was the Second Bassoon with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Kristin Wolfe Jensen. At UT, he was a winner of the Winds Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto.  He continued his studies at Rice University, earning a Master of Music studying with Benjamin Kamins. This is his tenth season with the Breckenridge Music Festival.

Closing Night: Brahms Symphony No. 2
Amanda Crider Mezzo-soprano (Fauré)

Mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider has performed with LA Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dallas Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, among others. Ms. Crider’s 2019-20 season included performances with Calgary Philharmonic, Opera America’s New Works Forum, Seraphic Fire, Nu Deco Ensemble, and Jacksonville Symphony. She has been a soloist with organizations such as Apollo’s Fire, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Symphony Orchestras of Eugene, Charlotte, Charleston, Amarillo, Louisiana Philharmonic and New World Symphony. A prize winner and finalist in many competitions including the Pittsburgh Concert Society, Jensen Foundation, José Iturbi, Palm Beach Opera, Oratorio Society of New York and Center for Contemporary Opera, Ms. Crider is also the Artistic Director of Miami’s Vocal Chamber Music concert series, IlluminArts.