The Beethoven Festival Autumn Classics will present three concerts this weekend in Park City.

From left: Monte Belknap, Leslie Harlow, Michael Gurt (from a previous festival)

An offshoot of the summer Beethoven Festival Park City, which is Utah’s longest running classical music festival, Autumn Classics brings together a number of renowned chamber musicians. This year, the focus will be on local artists Monte Belknap, violin, professor of violin on Brigham Young University’s music faculty and Julie Bevan, cello, a former student of the famed cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

Joining them will be festival co-directors Leslie Harlow, viola, and Russell Harlow, clarinet. Guest pianist Michael Gurt, a former Gina Bachauer gold medalist, will also be on hand. Gurt has been a frequent guest; he is a charter member of the festival and has been a regular visitor to Park City since the original festival’s founding in 1984.

There will be concerts on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday there will be a benefit salon concert in a private residence in Park City.

Tickets for the Friday and Sunday concerts are $20 for regular admission, $15 for seniors and students. Music students are admitted free of charge. Tickets will be available at the door.

Tickets for the benefit concert are $50 each. To reserve a space contact Leslie Harlow by email at [email protected].

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Below is the concert schedule:

  • Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. (Park City Community Church, U-224 at Bear Hollow Dr.). Program: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, for solo piano; Mozart’s Quartet K. 496 for clarinet and strings; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 for violin and piano. Performers: Michael Gurt, piano; Monte Belknap, violin; Russell Harlow, clarinet; Leslie Harlow, viola; Julie Bevan, cello.
  • Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. Salon Concert to be held in a Park City home; enjoy food and virtuoso showpieces and ensemble works by the festival artists. Email [email protected] for reservations.
  • Oct. 7, 3 p.m. (Temple Har Shalom, 3700 N. Brookside Ct., Park City). Program: Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata op. 84; Debussy’s Two Arabesques for clarinet and piano; Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C minor. Performers: Michael Gurt, piano, Monte Belknap, violin, Russell Harlow, clarinet, Leslie Harlow, viola and Julie Bevan, cello.

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