Distinguished professor and pianist Dr. David Korevaar — who opens the Broomfield Symphony’s 2022 performance schedule on Oct. 29 — appreciates the value of performing arts within society.
“There’s something very special about the Broomfield Symphony, because it is truly a community orchestra and those are getting fewer and fewer,” he said.
An acclaimed international piano soloist with an extensive discography, Korevaar has been teaching at the University of Colorado-Boulder for over two decades.
“For me it's important to be part of my community (and) Broomfield is part of our local orbit,” he said.
Korevaar has an extensive history with both the Broomfield Auditorium and Music Director David Brussel.
“He asked me to play and I said, ‘yes,’” he said. “I played there over the years with the chamber orchestra and always enjoy the venue.”
The upcoming performance of Beethoven's Emperor Concerto was originally slated for two years ago but got delayed due to COVID.
“In 2020 everybody was doing Beethoven because it was the 250th anniversary year of his birth,” he said.
Brussel requested Korevaar tackle Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat, "Emperor.”
“It’s a piece I love to play, so I was happy to do it,” he said.
Just prior to the onset of COVID Korevaar was named a Distinguished Professor, becoming only the second member of the CU College of Music to carry the title.
“That's an amazing honor and it's an unbelievable roster of people,” he said. “These are people who cure cancer, build better rockets and save the environment.”
Although initially humbled by the inclusion, after further reflection Korevaar realized the importance of performing arts for humanity.
“We can undervalue the role of the arts in our society,” he said. “The fact that it's been recognized by the campus is very important.”
Now celebrating its 40th season, Korevaar said the Broomfield Symphony embodies community connectivity.
“They are performing for members of the community to a great extent and that is a really special thing to be celebrated,” he said.