30th Anniversary Concert
Saturday, July 22, 7 p.m.
Silent Auction Night
In celebration of Strings 30th Anniversary, beloved musicians from the Festival's past and present return to Steamboat. The chamber music celebration includes pieces from Strings' first season at Steamboat Athletic Club and welcomes back long-time commentator Ken Greene.
Yizhak Schotten, Claude Sim, viola
Sara Sant'Ambrogio, John Sant'Ambrogio, Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Mark Nuccio, clarinet
Michael Sachs, trumpet
Wendy Chen, Katherine Collier, piano
Ken Greene, concert commentator
BEETHOVEN Trio in B-flat Major for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11 (Williams, Nuccio, Chen)
DELIBES (arr. Sara Sant'Ambrogio) Flower Duet from "Lakme" (Sara Sant'Ambrogio, John Sant'Ambrogio, Chen)
GERSHWIN Prelude No. 2 (Sachs, Chen)
PAGANINI Caprice in No. 24 in A minor, Op. 1 (Chee-Yun, Chen)
PIAZZOLLA (arr. GUBAIDULINA) Le Grand Tango (Chee-Yun, Chen)
PROKOFIEV (arr. BORISOVSKY) Four Movements from "Romeo and Juliet" (Schotten and Collier)
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (Chee-Yun, Sim, Sant'Ambrogio, Chen)
Wednesday, July 26, 7 p.m.
In this engaging, interactive performance, Boston Brass presents a variety of virtuosic musical selections and time-honored favorites spanning 250 years. The second half of the program is decided by the audience through ballot casting for selections of favorite crooners, movie scores, and Broadway musicals.
Jeff Conner, Jose Sibaja, trumpet
Chris Castellanos, horn
Domingo Pagliuca, trombone
Sam Pilafian, tuba
Rhapsody in Blue: Live and On the Air
The Music of Gershwin
Saturday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Relive the great era of live radio with the music of Gershwin, Kern, and writers of the great American Songbook. Wendy Chen performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" in its original jazz band version and Verne Lundquist acts as our 1930's radio announcer and master-of-ceremonies during this unique concert. Loras John Schissel returns to Strings from the Library of Congress to conduct.
Loras John Schissel, conductor
Verne Lundquist, narrator
Wendy Chen, piano
STRINGS FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Violin: Vijay Gupta (Concertmaster), Nancy Wu, Marie Bérard, Ellen Pendleton Troyer, John Macfarlane, Scott Weber, Jeffrey Zehngut
Viola: Mark Jackobs, William Bender
Cello: Joel Noyes, Austin Fisher
Bass: Timothy Pitts, Leigh Mesh
Clarinet: Mark Nuccio, Jonathan Cohen
Oboe: Catherine Weinfield
Saxophone: Tom Myer, Wil Swindler, Pete Lewis
Horn: Eric Reed, Chris Castellanos
Trumpet: Michael Sachs, Jose Sibaja, Jeff Conner
Trombone: Alex Iles, Domingo Pagliuca
Tuba: Sam Pilafian
Guitar/Banjo: Colin Davin
Percussion: Peter Flamm, Vadim Karpinos
Keyboard: Alicja Basinska
Romantic Favorites from Mendelssohn and Chopin
Wednesday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Join Strings for a night of summer romance as Laura Albers, Julie Albers, and Wendy Chen play an enchanting program of Kodály Chopin, and Mendelssohn. Begin your evening with a glass of wine in the festival park at a special pre-show event to celebrate summer.
Laura Albers, violin
Julie Albers, cello
Wendy Chen, piano
KODÁLY Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (L. Albers, J. Albers)
CHOPIN Nocturne No. 1 in C minor, Op. 48 (Chen)
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 (L. Albers, J. Albers, Chen)
We invite you to mingle with the musicians at a reception after the concert.
Strings Festival Orchestra Finale
Saturday, August 5, 7 p.m.
Strings' Season Finale begins with Vijay Gupta of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as soloist in Arvo Pärts beautifully atmospheric Fratres. The evening continues with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Anne-Marie McDermott, Music Director of Bravo! Vail, and Michael Sachs, Strings Music Director, in an unprecedented collaboration. The season concludes with Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, originally composed as a sextet, performed here in its version for a full string section.
Michael Sachs, conductor and trumpet
John Macfarlane, conductor
Vijay Gupta, violin
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
STRINGS FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
Violin: Nurit Bar-Josef (Concertmaster), Laura Albers, Nancy Wu, Diana Cohen, Johnny Lee, Joel Fuller, Vijay Gupta, Scott Weber, John Macfarlane, Ellen Pendleton Troyer, Myroslava Bartels
Viola: Lynne Ramsey, Mark Jackobs, Joanna Patterson-Zakany, William Bender
Cello: Joel Noyes, Julie Albers, Austin Fisher, David Rosen
Bass: Leigh Mesh, Timothy Pitts
Percussion: Peter Flamm