Violist Matthew Lipman to perform Bach, Hindemith, Ligeti July 13

In collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School, Salida Aspen Concerts will present its 2nd concert of the 43rd season of classical music concerts with a viola recital by Avery Fisher Career Grant Winner Violist Matthew Lipman.

Mr. Lipman’s viola recital will be performed at 7:30 p.m., July 13, 2019, at the Salida High School Auditorium, located at 26 Jones Avenue in Salida. It will be played without intermission. Prior to the concert, there will be a pre-concert talk with Mr. Lipman.

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A native of Chicago, 27-year-old violist Matthew Lipman received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the Julliard School of Music in New York City. Mr. Lipman performs internationally as a chamber musician with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has been a top prizewinner of several viola national and international viola competitions. Mr. Lipman is recognized as one of the world’s leading young musicians. He was the only violist featured on WFMT Chicago’s list of "30 Under 30" of the world’s top classical musicians.

Making his first visit to Salida, Mr. Lipman will be playing a very difficult program when he takes the stage for a performance of three unaccompanied works for viola. He will be performing the Partita No. 2 for Unaccompanied Violin in D minor, BWV 1004 by J.S. Bach, Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 31, No. 4 by Paul Hindemith and Sonata for Solo Viola by György Ligeti.

Bach’s Partita No. 2 is a work in five movements, and the last movement, a Chaconne, is one of Bach’s more famous works. Johannes Brahms wrote: “On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.”

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) was a German born composer and a virtuoso violist. His works for viola are some of his most interesting and challenging. The Sonata for Solo Viola was written in 1923 and is in three movements. The final movement, is thought to be heavily influenced by the Chaconne of Bach.

György Ligeti (1923 -2006) was a Hungarian born composer. While his name may be unfamiliar, his music influenced the soundtrack for the 1968 move 2001: A Space Odyssey and the 2014 remake of Godzilla. While Ligeti denied it, there are hints of the influence of the Bach Chaconne in his piece. Written between 1991 and 1994, it has been hailed as one of the major viola works of the 20th century.

The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m., and the recital also features a pre-concert discussion at 6:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $20. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are admitted for free with an accompanying adult, and an adult accompanying a student may purchase one discounted ticket for $10 at the door.

For more information about Mr. Lipman, go to For more information about Salida Aspen Concerts and the 2019 Summer Concert Series, go to Mr. Lipman’s concert is underwritten by Marquez & Herrick-Stare, LLC.

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