Transfigured Night: An Exploration of Light & Sound

Breckenridge Music Festival

Transfigured Night: An Exploration of Light & Sound



August 6

Aug 6

Doors at 7pm, Concert at 7:30pm

Riverwalk Center

The music of nature is illuminated with special lighting, vivid projections and spoken word in this theatrical concert. The program examines each composer’s idea of touching the earth through music, and provides insight into Igor Stravinsky’s 1913 riotous masterpiece, Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) by exploring the work’s torrent of rhythm, color, choreography, and energy in a special 12-musician arrangement and multi-media presentation. 

Claude Debussy

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Arnold Schoenberg

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 (“Transfigured Night”)

Missy Mazzoli

The Sound of the Light

Igor Stravinsky/arr. Cliff Colnot

Le Sacre du Printemps (“The Rite of Spring”)

Steven Schick composer
Steven Schick Conductor

nternationally acclaimed percussionist Steven Schick will serve as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival, the organization’s summer festival taking place annually mid-July through mid-August. Schick will debut at the Breckenridge podium in his new role in July 2018.

Schick succeeds Artistic Advisor and Conductor, David Danzmayr whose tenure began in 2015 and culminated in the 2017 season. Beginning in the 2018 festival season, Schick will conduct the Festival Chamber Orchestra for 3 weeks.

As the principle architect and animating artistic personality of the summer Festival, Steven Schick will rehearse, conduct and oversee the artistic quality of the orchestra, and from time-to-time, perform solos or chamber music.

As a percussionist, conductor, and author, Steven 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.

He 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 held January of 2018. Steven 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, and is co-artistic director, with Claire Chase, of the Summer Music Program at the Banff Centre.

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. Also, in 2014, he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

Transfigured Night: An Exploration of Light & Sound
Jonathan Gilmer Stage Director

Jonathan Gilmer is a California based director and designer whose work is primarily based in drama and opera. He recently directed Noel Noel with the San Diego Symphony in collaboration with Ted Sperling. Other recent projects include Rite of Spring (San Diego Symphony), As One (San Diego Opera), The North Plan (ION Theatre), Shostakovich Day (Barbican Centre), Whistleblower (Waterloo East Theatre). Jonathan was a member of the design team for the UK Student Exhibit at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. He received his B.A from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.