The annual San Juan Chamber MusicFest, OCPAG’s flagship event, features a small group of musicians of international acclaim, under the artistic direction of renowned concert pianist Max Levinson. Together, they produce a number of concerts and events in Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose over the course of a week each August.
Although this signature event was paused in 2020, and it’s been modified for 2021, it is important for OCPAG to move forward to present chamber music in Ouray County with the Max is Back! A Weekend of San Juan Chamber Music!
OCPAG is grateful for the grant support from the Dave and Mary Wood Fund, Western Colorado Community Foundation and El Pomar Foundation so that OCPAG could bring these concerts to the stage at the Wright Opera House in Ouray. We are also most grateful to the patrons who attend and support this chamber music programming!
Max Levinson returns to Ouray August 2021 for the Max is Back! A Weekend of San Juan Chamber Music at the Wright Opera House.
FRIDAY, August 20, 2021
The Friday evening, August 20 concert will feature Max in a solo piano concert for the evening. Max is an active chamber musician, and is known as an intelligent and sensitive artist with fearless technique. The Washington Post writes, “You can hear gasps in the audience – Max Levinson displays technical wizardry. His playing has solid, assured technique, clarity of vision and a sense of the permanent values in music that underlie surface variations”. Max is Chair of the Piano Department at the Boston Conservatory, and is also a faculty member at the New England Conservatory.
Max has served as the Artistic Director for OCPAG’s San Juan Chamber MusicFest for the past seventeen years. There will be a reception following the concert downstairs in the Tavern at the Wright.
SATURDAY, August 21, 2021
The Saturday evening concert will feature Max along with violinist Harumi Rhodes and cellist Alice Yoo as they present a delightful evening of chamber music. Selections for the evening will include Mendelssohn D Minor Trio, music by Debussy, Schumann and African American composers William Grant Still and Florence Price.
For more information about Ms. Rhodes and Ms. Yoo, please read their biographies from the links on the right side of this page.
A reception will follow the evening’s concert at the top of Citizens State Bank. If it is raining, it will be in another location within the CSB building.
Artistic Director Max Levinson, is a constant presence at MusicFest with his sparkling piano virtuosity. The San Francisco Chronicle has proclaimed him “one of the brightest, most intellectually fearless pianists of his generation.” Each year, Levinson selects several guest musicians to perform with him at MusicFest. Guest musicians in 2021 include Harumi Rhodes, violin Alice Yoo, cello. For musician biographies, click on any image below.