The inaugural concert, on August 1, celebrates the centennial of Beverly Hills with significant piano works by Rachmaninoff, including The Sleeping Beauty Suite, and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, all for piano four hands. The evening concludes with Gershwin’s Three Preludes, and his grand oeuvre Rhapsody in Blue.
The next night features the works of Jewish composers, specifically Max Bruch, Bonnie Weiss, Assaf Rinde, Shmuel Malkin and Ofer Ben-Amots in the first half, followed by works from Ernest Bloch, Heinrich Ernst, Henryk Wieniawski and Paul Schoenfield.
The third night focuses on the music of Austria, with works by Mozart and Schubert, as well as contemporary pieces from Gernot Wolfgang, who curated the evening, and the West Coast premier of Piano Trio No. 1 by Johannes Berauer, a young composer born in 1979.
August 5 the concert moves to Greystone Mansion for an evening of chamber music from Beethoven, Reicha, Debussy and Ravel. Chamber music continues the next night, featuring Bach, Halvorsen, Dvorák, Kodály and closing with Piano Quintet by Schumann.
Friday, August 8, the concerts return to Temple Emanuel for more chamber music from Chausson, Glinka, Chopin, Vladigerov, and to end on a more spirited note, William Albright’s Dream Rags.
The Beverly Hills International Music Festival is an environment for young artists to develop their skills, and the penultimate concert on August 9 is a showcase for these emerging artists. Young artists will take the stage and perform; the program will be announced closer to show time.
At the final concert on August 10 the Festival Chamber Orchestra pulls out all the stops, launching into Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante followed by Salieri’s Concertino di Camera in the first half, and a mixed set of music from Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Holst, and Gardel, and another young composer, Anna Drubich’s Nachtlied.