Chamber Music That’s Universal, Historic and Intimate
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Telluride Chamber Music Festival (File photo)
Telluride Chamber Music Festival (File photo)
Tunes Up Tonight, With Traditional Town Park Concert and Picnic
“I am so glad to be back in Telluride playing and enjoying wonderful music, as the composers intended, surrounded by friends and music lovers! We all feel we have come home!”

– Telluride Chamber Music Festival Co-Artistic Director Robin Sutherland.

TELLURIDE – The Telluride Chamber Music Festival begins tonight, with its traditional early-evening Thursday Town Park Concert and Picnic, and continues August 13,14,18, 20 and 21.

The festival moves to the Michael D. Palm Theater, Friday, August 13 for opening night, featuring the music of Schumann, Weber and Schubert. The next night – Saturday, Aug. 14, features music by famous female composers.

On Friday, Aug. 20, concertgoers will hear Berlin Cabaret 1900; on Saturday, Aug. 21, the music of Mozart, Barber, Chopin and Schumann, will be featured, in addition to a never-before performed manuscript of Samuel Barber. All four concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with pre-concert Notes at 6:45 p.m.

Telluride Chamber Music Festival co-founder Robin Sutherland returns to Telluride to perform a special concert at the Palm Theater on Wednesday, August 18. An avid chamber musician, Sutherland is a regular performer at the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Me.

A frequent soloist with the SFS, Robin Sutherland has been featured in Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, in San Francisco and on tour, and last May he was featured in Martin’s Petite Symphonie concertante. In 1996, his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released on the d’Note label.

Tickets are available at, Telluride Music, at the door prior to each concert or by calling the Chamber office at 728-8686.

San Francisco Opera’s Erin Neff Performs at the Cabaret

Mezzo-soprano Erin Neff’s dynamic performance abilities and radiant sound have earned her the veneration of her musical peers and made her an audience favorite throughout the country. “Neff’s mezzo soprano finely wove through trills and ornaments to touch our hearts, triumphant…” raved the Pacifica Tribune, while Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle calls her “arresting in the role of Siebel.”

Neff made her solo debut with the San Francisco Opera as Blanche in their 2000 production of Louise, and since then has returned to make several appearances with the company, including productions of Rigoletto, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Simon Bocca Negra and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. She has also sung with the Berkeley Opera, Santa Rosa Symphony, Ensemble Parallele, Livermore Valley Opera, Composer’s Inc., North Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Festival Opera and Sacramento Opera. Roles in her repertoire include Damon (Acis and Galatea); Sextus (La clemenza di Tito); Hansel (Hansel and Gretel); Dorabella (Così fan tutte); Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro); Tisbe (La Cenerentola); Suzuki (Madama Butterfly); Margret (Wozzeck); and Flora (Traviata).

Neff is a frequent recitalist and featured soloist in the Mendocino Music Festival and the Jewish Music Festival singing the music of Kurt Weil, Schoenberg and Eisler of Weimar Germany. She was invited to the prestigious 2006 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival singing the Alto solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle and a concert of all Janáček music, and has also been heard at the San Francisco Symphony singing the Alto Solo in Beethoven’s Choral Fantin the world Premiere of his song cycle Songs of Mathilde; Jude Navarri’s song cycle at San Francisco’s Theatre Artaud and the World Premiere of Allan Shearer’s opera, The Dawn Makers.

Tickets are available at, Telluride Music, at the door prior to each concert or by calling the Chamber office at 728-8686.
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