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Monte Belknap

The Park City and Salt Lake City Music Festival is ready to kick off its 24th season this week.

Utah's oldest continuously running music festival will start its new season Thursday in Park City Community Church with a concert featuring Grieg's seldom played Cello Sonata in A minor, op. 36, together with Mozart's String Quartet in B flat major, K. 458 ("Hunt").

Performing Thursday evening will be festival co-director Leslie Harlow, viola, along with Brigham Young University faculty member Monte Belknap, violin. Joining them are longtime festival artists Rebekah Johnson, violin, and Scott Ballantyne, cello. (Ballantyne, who makes his home in New York, has a strong Utah tie. As a teenager, he was a member of the Utah Symphony's cello section under Maurice Abravanel, who recognized his talent and encouraged him to become a student of Leonard Rose.)

The eight-concert series concludes July 20, once again in Park City Community Church. The major work on the program that day will be Ives' monumental "Concord" Sonata, played by pianist John Jensen, another veteran of the Park City and Salt Lake City Music Festival. Also on the concert is Kodaly's Cello Sonata, op. 4, played by Ballantyne and Jensen.

Other works programmed this summer include Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major and his String Trio in G major; Francaix's Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano; Brahms' Piano Trio No. 2 in C major and his Piano Quartet in A major, op. 26; and Mendelssohn's "Concert Piece" in F major for Two Clarinets and Piano, op. 113.

In addition to the musicians already noted, Utah Symphony associate principal clarinetist (and festival co-director) Russell Harlow, symphony clarinetist Lee Livengood and pianist Melissa Livengood will also perform.

Below is a rundown of the festival schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for senior citizens and students and available at the door or by calling the festival office at 435-649-5309

Thursday — 8 p.m., Park City Community Church, U-224 at Bear Hollow Drive: Grieg, Cello Sonata in A minor, op. 36; Mozart, String Quartet in B flat major, K. 458 ("Hunt"); Brahms, Piano Trio No. 2 in C major; music for clarinet (TBA).

Friday — 8 p.m., Stanfield Fine Art Gallery, 751 Main., Park City: Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major; Beethoven, String Trio in G major; Francaix, Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano.

July 13 — 3 p.m. , Rose Room at the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts, 138 W. 300 South: Mozart, String Quartet in B flat major, K. 458 ("Hunt"); Ives, "Concord" Sonata for Piano; music for clarinet (TBA).

July 15 — 8 p.m., place and program to be announced; contact the festival office at 435-649-5309 or by e-mail at chmusic@pcmusicfestival.com for details.

July 17 — 8 p.m., Rose Room at the Rose Wagner Center for the Performing Arts: Kodaly, Cello Sonata, op. 4; Beethoven, Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major; Francaix, Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano.

July 18 — 8 p.m., Stanfield Fine Art Gallery: Poulenc, Duo for Two Clarinets; Mendelssohn, "Concert Piece" in F major for Two Clarinets and Piano, op. 113; Brahms, Piano Quartet in A major, op. 26.

July 20 — 3 p.m. — Park City Community Church: Kodaly, Cello Sonata, op. 4; Ives, "Concord" Sonata.


If you go

What: Park City and Salt Lake City Music Festival

Where: Park City Community Church, U-224 at Bear Hollow Drive

When: Thursday, 8 p.m.

How much: $20, $15 senior citizens and students, at the door

Phone: 435-649-5309

Web: www.pcmusicfestival.com


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