Telluride Chamber Music Hosts Musicfest: Event Features A Performance At The Palm !

Telluride MusicFest, which returned post-Covid in 2022, remains a brilliant, beautiful series of sights and sounds that always elicits hosannas from a rapt crowd. Musicfest 2023 is again under the co-artistic direction of Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick and hosted by Claire Beard’s Telluride Chamber Music in an ongoing collaboration. Tickets are still on sale. However, seating is limited – except at The Palm – so don’t miss out.

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Go here for much more about the history of Telluride Musicfest.

Go here to watch a jaw-dropping video featuring the dancers who will perform at Summer Frolic at The Palm.


MusicFest is a celebration of chamber sounds held in a beautiful private home. This year’s festival has expanded to include a (sold out) Opening Gala; a concert at the Michael D. Palm Theatre; and an educational concert at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library.

Musicfest started in 2003 then, 19 years later in 2022, partnered with the Telluride Chamber Music. MusicFest 2023, titled “Summer Soirees,” kicks off June 24 and runs through July 2.

MusicFest 2023 brings back favorite musicians from last year. Artistic Directors Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick of duoJalal; violinists Deborah Buck and Min-Young Kim; cellist Caroline Stinson; pianists Inessa Zaretsky and Orion Weiss; and former PILOBOLUS dancers Casey Howes and Jake Warren of LEGGYBONES Physical Theater.

The gala on June 24th offers an intimate performance of music and dance in the gorgeous home of Anne and Vincent Mai, a restored barn with unparalleled views of Mt. Sunshine. Geared for the entire family, MusicFest heads down the mountain to the Palm Theater for “Summer Frolic” on June 25th. With affordable ticket prices, the music of Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Bartok combined with dance, this is a program the whole Telluride community will enjoy.

Local Artists Night on Tuesday June 27, (free admission), is a celebration of musicians in the community. The evening offers the chance for instrumentalists and vocalists of all levels and genres to share their music. The concert returns to the home of Anne and Vincent Mai; the audience is encouraged to cheer performers along.

Continuing at the Mai’s, “Continental Cafe” on June 30 is an evening of music from the European Continent: Bach, Sollima, Schumann, de Falla, Ravel, Brahms and Franck. EuroRail could not take you this quickly from France to Germany or from Spain to Italy! For extra insights into the music being performed, a pre-concert talk t 6:15pm will be given by composer Andrew Waggoner. That is great way to learn more about the music for both connoisseurs and first-timers alike.

In honor of Independence Day, “American Dream,” on July 2, features an afternoon of music by American composers. Female composers Amy Beach and Florence Price will be featured along with great standards by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. As American music continues to flourish to this day, listeners will also be treated to recent compositions by John Harbison, Philip Glass and our very own Yousif Sheronick. Pre-concert talk by composer Andrew Waggoner at 6:15pm.

MusicFest offers a unique educational experience for families at 2pm on July 1 at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library, again admission is free and all ages welcome. DuoJalal (impresarios Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick) and special guest Claire Beard (flute) will present a musical trip around the globe in a program to excite and educate the young listener.

duoJalal, Kathryn Lockwood & Yousif Sheronick, impresarios of Musicfest 2.0

Musicfest recap:

June 24, 6pm  – Opening gala

June 25, 6pm  – Summer Frolic at the Palm

June 27, 7pm – Local’s Night

June 30, 7pm – Continental Cafe

July 2, 3pm – American Dream

On new this year, on July 1, 2 p.m., Kathryn and Yousif are offering a FREE educational workshop at Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library. Free admission, snacks, and everyone welcome!

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