Celebrate Easter Sunday with a Walden Chamber Music Society concert at 3 p.m. at the Salida SteamPlant. This, the third concert of the season, features cellist Matt Zalkind, violinists Mark Rush and Matt Diekman and pianist Jo Boatright.
Diekman has his master’s in music performance, lives in Denver and is a freelance performer and teacher. Rush received his master’s in music from the Yale School of Music. He is a violin teacher and author of the book Playing the Violin: An Illustrated Guide. Rush currently teaches at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Zalkind is in his first year as assistant professor at the Lamont School of Music. Boatright lives in Salida and is the artistic director for Walden Chamber. She received her master’s in music from the New England Conservatory. Boatright started the Walden Chamber in 1981.
String Trio for violin, viola and ‘cello (Terezin 1944) by Gideon Klein will lead the performance. Klein, a Morovian-born composer and pianist, was incarcerated in the early 1940s by Nazis. Klein wrote the piece a year before his death in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Walden Administrator Dale Kettering said the String Trio is the piece that stands apart in this Walden performance.
“(The piece is a) representation of many professional musicians captured and murdered during the Holocaust. This piece was written one year before he was murdered by Nazis. Definitely first time a piece of that magnitude has come to the area,” she said. “We lost a lot of great composers” in the Holocaust.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata for ‘Cello, and Piano in A major, Op. 69 will be the second piece of the afternoon. Beethoven was one of the first major composers to recognize the cello as a significant solo instrument.
The second half of the presentation features Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op. 87 by Anton Dvorak. Walden’s annotator, Dr. Laurie Schulman, said the Piano Quartet is “ablaze with gorgeous melodies, appealing sentiment and dynamic Czech rhythms. It encompasses everything we love about this splendid composer.”
At 2 p.m. Boatright will provide an “informance” to explain and demonstrate the concert pieces.
Tickets are $15 and are available online, at the SteamPlant Theater box office, the Salida and Buena Vista chambers of commerce, and at the door prior to the concert. Free students tickets are also available at the door.
For more information contact Kettering at 719-395-6408 or visit the website.