Local musician Gena Bedrosian performs a free classical music concert on Saturday, October 7 at Gracious Savior Lutheran Church in Edwards.
Bedrosian is a retired emergency physician with a lifelong passion for music. She studied classical piano throughout her childhood and youth with the intention of becoming a professional musician, but life took her on a different path.
“I became an ER doctor, married, had three children, cared for elderly parents and life went on, but throughout that time I increasingly resumed my musical pursuits” , Bedrosian said.
Now she is returning to her original passion and sharing her talents with the community.
The program is called “Shall We Dance” and is written and arranged entirely for piano. The musical selections Bedrosian has chosen span dance music from the 17th to the 20th century, across a range of styles from ballet to tango to ballroom dancing. Over the course of 75 minutes, she will take listeners on a journey of over 400 years, performing beloved classics from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet and selections from George Gershwin, among others.
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“You can start thinking of guys in tights with white powdered wigs standing in a row bowing to the ladies and end up in the 20th century with the two step, rumba or swirling ballroom dance,” Bedrosian said. “It’s a wide range, and it just makes you happy.”
The program fittingly ends with a rendition of “I Could Have Danced All Night” from the musical “My Fair Lady.”
Bedrosian said his intention with the free programming is to broaden exposure and access to classical music, especially in the months when Bravo! Vail is not in the valley. By creating a themed program, she hopes people can engage not just with composers but with dance scenes from centuries past, and provide a transport experience through sound.
“When you step into that, you can just close your eyes and be there,” Bedrosian said. “It just makes you leave with a smile on your face.”
The 75-minute show will begin at 7 p.m. at Gracious Savior Lutheran Church in Edwards.