Festival Opening Night: Awakening

Breckenridge Music Festival

Festival Opening Night: Awakening


August 5

Aug 5

Doors at 5:30pm, Concert at 6pm

Riverwalk Center

FREE (Reserved Seating)

Seating reservations open to the public June 1. 

Guests are greeted by sounds of the BMF’s new partnership with the National Repertory Orchestra. Three NRO percussionists extend their residency in Breckenridge to learn alongside Artistic Director + Conductor Steven Schick who is hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument.” This week, as doors open at 5:30pm, a combined percussion ensemble performs soothing contemporary works to elicit the great outdoors on the Riverwalk Lawn. Both concerts open with the 2021 Schmitt Piano Competition Winners.

More info + Reservations | 970 547 3100 

Carlos Chavez


Astor Piazzolla

Tango Ballet

Gerald Finzi

Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet, Op. 21

Jacques Ibert

Trois Pièces Brèves

Richard Wagner

Siegfried Idyll

In Partnership with the National Repertory Orchestra

Festival Opening Night: Awakening
Steven Schick Artistic Director + 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 music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the artist director Breckenridge Music Festival. He is artistic director emeritus of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. 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 2020, Steven Schick won the Ditson Conductor’s Award, given by Columbia University for commitment to the performance of American music.

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 committed to using music as an agent for positive change in people’s lives. 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. In 2021, also with the San Diego Symphony, he will curate “In the Name of the Earth,” a festival dedicated to understanding the impact of the climate crisis in the San Diego region. With his wife, Brenda, he has established the “Brenda and Steven Schick Commission,” for an annual new orchestral work, responding to themes of “social and environmental optimism.”

Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and is the inaugural holder of the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego.

June 22-24 | Breckenridge Arts District | 1-4pm

Workshops for Teens

June 22-24 | Breckenridge Arts District | 1-4pm

Ages 12+ | FREE (Reservation Required)

Finding Your Voice ft. multidisciplinary artist Elijah Lynch, aka Smiley Gatmouth

Music Creation and Creative Empowerment ft. Mona (Monalicious), a medicine woman of sound, a composer of groovy tunes and empowering mantras.

Remixing Media ft. Denver MC, producer and visual artist Devin Urioste aka Mace Windu.

Workshops for Teens take place concurrently and participants may register for one workshop for all three days or all three workshops for one day.

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