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Breckenridge Music Festival

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2021

August 7

Aug 7

Doors at 5:30pm, Concert at 6pm

Riverwalk Center

Per CDC guidelines, wearing a mask is RECOMMENDED for everyone in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the Delta Variant and protect others. 

Pre-Concert Show on the Riverwalk Center Lawn

John Luther Adams

Songbird Songs (Selections)

Apple Blossom Rounds

Not Quite Spring

Joyful Noise


Caleb Breidenbaugh, percussion

Mary Le Blanc, percussion

Charles Renneker, percussion

Jessica Petrasek, piccolo

Elizabeth Sadilek-Labenski, piccolo

Main Concert on the Riverwalk Center Stage

Frederic Chopin

Ballade Op. 38

Audrey Haas, piano

Schmitt division III piano competition winner

Claude Debussy (arr. Sachs/Schoenberg)

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Jessica Petrasek, flute

Alex von der Embse, oboe

Ran Kampel, clarinet

Joe Petrasek, percussion

Michael Linville, piano

AnneMarie Cherry, harmonium

Will Shaub, violin

Kate Hatmaker, violin

Kyle Armbrust, viola

Alex Greenbaum, cello

Nick Browne, bass

Steven Schick, conductor

Andy Akiho

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Jessica Petrasek, flute

Ran Kampel, clarinet/bass clarinet

Joe Petrasek, percussion (drumset)

Mary La Blanc/NRO, percussion (vibes)

Will Shaub, violin

Alex Greenbaum, cello

Michael Linville, piano

Brahms (Orch. Stangel)

Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11

Jessica Petrasek, flute

Alex von der Embse, oboe

Ran Kampel, clarinet

Lyle Wong, clarinet

TK DeWitt, bassoon

AnneMarie Cherry, horn

Kate Hatmaker, violin

Will Shaub, violin

Kyle Armbrust, viola

Alex Greenbaum, cello

Nick Browne, bass

Steven Schick, conductor

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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.

Breck Music Presents

Donavon Frankenreiter

FEB 11 @ 7:30PM | RIverwalk Center

For nearly four decades Donavon Frankenreiter has been travelling the globe, first as a professional surfer and now as a musician. Born in Southern California, Donavon spent most of his youth chasing waves, turning pro at the age of 16.

These days instead of surf competitions, it’s concert halls that brings Frankenreiter to town, where he entertains audiences with his unique blend of laid-back grooves, philosophical lyrics and soulful delivery.

You can find him touring the world with his three-piece band and still catching waves anytime he can.