Saturday, April 26, 2014—7:30 PM
Macky Auditorium, CU Campus, Boulder
For our season finale concert on Apr. 26, the Boulder Phil presents The Moldau, Bedrich Smetana’s beautiful riverscape that winds through the fabric of daily life. Then bluegrass meets Aaron Copland in Jeff Midkiff’s high-energy mandolin concerto showpiece, From the Blue Ridge. Finally, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, the composer's quintessential work of sound painting, celebrates the central role of nature in our lives.
6:30 PM - FREE Pre-Concert Talk at Macky with Associate Conductor Travis Jurgens and Jeff Midkiff
Immediately following the concert, season subscribers and their guests are invited to a subscriber appreciation party at the Dushanbe Teahouse, sponsored by Rocky Mountain Wealth Management. details
Albert & Rebecca Bates
Michael Butterman on KGNU's 'A Classic Monday' with Ron Nadel:
Sat., April 19, 9:30–11:30 AM
Fri., April 25, 6–8 PM
On Saturday, April 26 in Macky Auditorium, the Boulder Phil will perform two glorious works that highlight the beauty of brooks and rivers in our lives: The Moldau by Smetana, and the Sixth Symphony (Pastoral) by Beethoven. Enjoy an easy walk with Open Space & Mountain Parks naturalist Dave Sutherland along one of our local creeks to enjoy its gentle sounds, and learn how this meandering green ribbon shapes the lives of creatures great and small along its banks. We’ll share musical excerpts from the concert pieces to explore how the composers were inspired by flowing waters. Meet at the Bobolink Trailhead on Baseline Road, near its junction with Cherryvale Road. Visit www.naturehikes.org for more information.
eTOWN HALL SPECIAL EVENT with JEFF MIDKIFF
Concert, Conversation and Earth Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 23, 7-10 PM
For something completely different, join composer and mandolin virtuoso Jeff Midkiff, our own Michael Butterman, and eTown’s Nick Forster for an evening of great music, conversation and refreshments at eTown Hall in Downtown Boulder. Exploring the bluegrass roots of Jeff’s music, you’ll hear traditional bluegrass favorites mixed in with Jeff’s own material, including excerpts from his Concerto for Mandolin “From the Blue Ridge” to be performed with the Boulder Phil on Saturday, April 26. And no eTown event is complete without wide-ranging conversation about music and the environment, and especially poignant way to wind up our Nature and Music season in honor of Earth Day on April 22. Tickets are $15 per person. Buy tickets
BIO & VIDEO
Jeff Midkiff, mandolin
A mandolinist and fiddler raised on bluegrass and a professional clarinetist, Jeff Midkiff is an outstanding musician who feels comfortable in more than one setting—musically and personally. “I feel at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains playing fiddle tunes,” Jeff Midkiff says, “but then again, I feel at home in a professional orchestra as well.” Jeff grew up where bluegrass and traditional string band music thrived. Given his first mandolin at the age of 7 by a neighbor (Sherman Poff, to whose memory Partners In Time is dedicated), he moved quickly into the world of fiddlers’ conventions and contests, winning his first mandolin competition before reaching his teens. As he grew older, he added the fiddle to his instrumental arsenal and joined the New Grass Revue—yet at the same time, he took up the clarinet and began to perform with his high school’s symphonic band.
Even as he was immersing himself in the classical repertoire, he continued to gain attention as a mandolin and fiddle player. By the time he graduated he had his sights firmly set on a musical career, and in 1981 Midkiff began studies at Virginia Tech, eventually earning a degree in music education and performance. Yet even as he was immersing himself in the classical repertoire, he continued to gain attention as a mandolin and fiddle player with the McPeak Brothers, a widely respected bluegrass group with whom he made his first serious recording in 1982.
In 1983 he joined the Lonesome River Band, which would eventually become one of bluegrass’s most acclaimed groups. For the next five years, as he completed his education and started working as a music instructor, he performed with the LRB, recording two albums with the group, including its self-titled Rebel Records debut in 1987. Shortly after that, he enrolled in graduate school at Northern Illinois University, earning his Master’s degree in clarinet at the end of the decade—but though the move meant leaving the LRB, he continued to perform with an Illinois bluegrass band, Bluegrass Express. website