Chopin and Impromptu
July 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm$25
The Crested Butte Music Festival and the Crested Butte Film Festival are proud to present Chopin and Impromptu
CBMF’s new series – Music and a Movie – pairs a live performance with a film related to the music being performed. By juxtaposing performance and film, you’ll gain greater insight and context into both the music, composer, performing artist, and filmmaker. And, it’s tremendous fun!
In this performance, virtuoso pianist Anna Arzumanyan will perform an all-Chopin program. Chopin was one of the most important composers for piano. The technical demands placed on pianists expanded the boundaries of what was possible on the instruments, while the torrid musical elements represent the heights of Romanticism.
Following Anna’s electrifying performance, we’ll watch the 1991 film, Impromptu – a brilliant depiction of Chopin’s life and his relationships with those famous members of the literary and artistic circles in which he traveled. Heavily featured in the film are George Sand (Chopin’s romantic partner), the composer Franz Listz, writers Félicien Mallefille and Alfred de Musset, and visual artist Eugène Delacroix. Actors Hugh Grant, Judy Davis, Mandy Patinkin, Emma Thompson, and Bernadette Peters provide vivid performances as they bring Chopin and his social circles to life.
Between performance and film screening, Dr. Erik Christian Peterson will offer perspicacious comments about both the music performed and the film, and we’ll play a trivia game with the opportunity to win prizes.
Performer: Anna Arzumanyan, pianoAbout Anna: Russian-Armenian pianist Anna Arzumanyan made her debut at age 9 in Sochi, Russia. A student of Erna Savchenko and Svetlana Medvedskay, Ms. Arzumanyan competed and performed, appearing as a soloist with the Belorussian State Orchestra, the Rostov Philharmonic, the Sochi Symphony Orchestra, and as a soloist at festivals throughout Eastern Europe. At a young age Ms. Arzumanyan was selected for sponsorship by the prestigious New Name Foundation. With their support, she performed frequently across the Soviet Union and participated in masterclasses and performances at the Moscow Conservatory. Ms. Arzumanyan went on to perform as a soloist in France and Belgium. Before emigrating to the United States, she received her Masters degrees in piano performance and chamber music performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory, where she studied with Alexander Gourgenov. Shortly after her arrival in Colorado, Ms. Arzumanyan became a frequent collaborator with the Moscow String Quartet.