Ellington & Mendelssohn

Breckenridge Music Festival

Ellington & Mendelssohn



August 13

Aug 13

Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30pm

Riverwalk Center

Charles Ives

Three Places in New England

Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills/arr. Chodos

Mood Indigo 


Felix Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 “Italian”

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.

Ellington & Mendelssohn
Asher Tobin Chodos Piano

Asher Tobin Chodos is a pianist, composer and musicologist. He is a graduate of the Dave Brubeck Institute, Columbia University (where he studied ancient Greek and Latin) and the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a Ph. D. in 2019. He has played with some of the biggest names in jazz music, and his compositions have been performed by many noted contemporary music ensembles. Ongoing projects include an academic study of the automated music recommendation industry (think of Spotify and Pandora), and an opera about the life of Israeli nuclear weapons whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu. You can see more about these and other projects at www.tobinchodos.com.