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Princess Fearless Trio at Bud Werner Memorial Library
6/26/2017 4:00 PM
Conversation with a Concertmaster

Fundraising Event Conversation with a Concertmaster
Monday, June 26
$75, $45 is tax deductible

At the home of Leslie and John Dorman

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to hear Michael Sachs interview Martin Chalifour, Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Martin and Michael share stories and highlights from Martin’s illustrious career before Martin performs a short solo. Guests can mingle with the musicians over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, following the performance and interview.

Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. He began his orchestral career with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster. Subsequently he occupied the same position in The Cleveland Orchestra where he also served as Acting Concertmaster under Christoph von Dohnányi. Mr. Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the US, he has played solos with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan and the Malaysian Philharmonic, among others. Mr. Chalifour has recorded solo and chamber music for the Telarc, Northstar and Yarlung labels. His latest album on Yarlung features solo music composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky, as well as Mozart and Lutoslawski concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Mr. Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition.

6/26/2017 5:30 PM
Princess Fearless Trio

Princess Fearless Trio
Tuesday, June 27, 11 a.m.

Best for ages 3-7
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 12 at 10am MDT


Guitar and ukulele playin' Princess Fearless, along with whimsical musical pals, serves up an interactive musical buffet.
Wear your best princess and prince costumes!

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"Mindy Dillard is an inviting, warm figure that knows how to talk to and engage children. Her newest persona, Princess Fearless, invites children to understand that its normal to be afraid of things, and every fear can be overcome. With a sweet voice and the uplifting strum of her banjo, she sings songs both classic and new, and kids love to sing along." ~Manager at Linden Tree Books, Los Altos (CA)

6/27/2017 11:00 AM
Yoga & Classical Music

Yoga and Classical Music
Saturday, June 24
Saturday, June 24
Wednesday, June 28
Saturday, July 22
Wednesday, August 2
Saturday, August 5

FREE, Donations will be accepted, 9 a.m.


Unroll a mat in Strings beautiful park and get ready to flow and relax. Speakers in the Strings Park will broadcast live classical rehearsals or pre-recorded Strings performances while talented instructors from the Yoga Center of Steamboat teach these all-level classes.


6/28/2017 To 8/5/2017
A Night in Prague: Czech Chamber Music

A Night in Prague: Czech Chamber Music
Classical
Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m.

Enjoy a night of beautiful Czech chamber music featuring members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Martin Chalifour, the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is the highest-ranking musician at the philharmonic. He performs with a smaller group of musicians tonight: Christina Smith, principal flute from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who is playing alongside her husband, Paul Murphy on viola. Strings honors local student musicians tonight.
  • Listen to the season playlist on Spotify to preview the pieces on this concert program.

Martin Chalifour, violin
Paul Murphy, viola
Barry Gold, cello
Christina Smith, flute
Gavin Martin, piano

SMETANA "From the Homeland" Duo for Piano and Violin, Op. 128 (Chalifour, Martin)
MARTINU Trio in F Major for Flute, Cello, and Piano, H. 300 (Gold, Smith, Martin)
DVOŘÁK Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87 (Chalifour, Murphy, Gold, Martin)

We invite you to mingle with the musicians at a reception after the concert.

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6/28/2017 7:00 PM
Music on the Green: Kamila Quartet

Kamila Quartet - String Quartet
Yampa River Botanic Park
Thursday, June 29
12:15-1 p.m.


Free 45-minute concerts at 12:15pm on Thursdays in the Yampa River Botanic Park. Enjoy the outdoors while at this free lunchtime concert series in one of the valleys most spectacular parks. Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy the beautiful flowers and great music. It's a perfect activity for music lovers of all ages on a summer day.

6/29/2017 12:15 PM
Musical Talk: Mark Gould at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Musical Talk: Mark Gould at the Library
FREE Thursday, June 29, 7 p.m.

Mark Gould is one of the best-known trumpeters of his generation, having been Principal Trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School since 1982 and is music director of the Brass Band of Battle Creek, America's premiere brass band.

6/29/2017 7:00 PM
Kamila Quartet at Butcherknife Brewing

Kamila Quartet at Butcherknife Brewing
Friday, June 30, 5:00pm


Spend a summer evening sipping beer, enjoying live music, and supporting Strings! Kamila Quartet performs at Butcherknife Brewing Company beginning at 5 p.m. and 25% of sales go to Strings Music Festival.

6/30/2017 5:00 PM
Celebrate America Barbeque

Celebrate America Barbeque
 Strings Music Festival Park, July 1, 5:30 p.m.
Adults $25, Juniors $13
(Final Price Includes Tax and Gratuity)


Before the show, join us for a classic American barbeque in Strings Festival Park! Bring the family and enjoy a festive summer meal before the concert. The menu includes:

Beef Brisket
Hot Dogs
Potato Salad 
Coleslaw 
Cowboy Beans (Baked Beans)
Mac & Cheese
Cookies
Lemonade & Iced Tea

A full bar will be available per usual.

7/1/2017 5:30 PM
Celebrate America!

Celebrate America!
Classical
Saturday, July 1, 7 p.m.

Principal brass and percussion players from top orchestras perform Fourth of July favorites including the 1812 Overture, John Williams' movie music, Sousa Marches, and an original fanfare composed by Timothy Higgins. Join us before the show for a classic American barbecue in the festival park.

  • This is the first time in Strings' history that a brass and percussion ensemble plays a rousing repertoire dedicated to celebrating the Fourth of July! To honor the night and America's birthday, partake in the pre-concert barbecue in the park.
  • The conductor, Mark Gould, is also a conductor, composer, and arranger of the world-famous Brass Band of Battle Creek.
  • Strings will have a world premier of a fanfare composed by Timothy Higgins. This short piece was written just for us in honor of our 30th Anniversary.
  • Listen to the season playlist on Spotify to preview the pieces on this concert program.

Mark Gould, conductor
Verne Lundquist, narrator

Horn: Angela Cordell Bilger, Richard King, Jennifer Montone, Joshua Phillips, Julia Pilant, Eric Reed, Gail Williams
Trumpet: David Bilger, Conrad Jones, Travis Peterson, John Rommel, Michael Sachs, Scott Thornburg, Michael Tiscione
Trombone: Douglas Wright, Ko-ichero Yamamoto, Mark Lawrence
Bass Trombone: Randall Hawes
Euphonium: Adam Frey
Tuba: James E. Jenkins
Percussion: Peter Flamm, Charles Settle, Joseph Tompkins, Kevin Watkins

7/1/2017 7:00 PM
Brent Rowan & Friends Featuring Tanya Tucker

Brent Rowan & Friends: Featuring Tanya Tucker
Sunday, July 2, 8 p.m.
SOLD OUT

Silent Auction Night

Over the course of 30 years in Nashville, Brent Rowan has played with countless pop and country artists to record more than 15,000 sessions. As a producer, Rowan has released multiple gold and platinum records. Tanya Tuckers sultry voice and vivacious stage presence make her one of the most respected female vocalists in country music. Her accomplishments include top-40 albums and singles, as well as numerous awards. She has provided some of the biggest country music hits of each decade, including "Delta Dawn Together". Rowan and Tucker present an acoustic duo performance highlighting their guitar and vocal talents.

"Tucker's vocal delivery and stage presence still have every bit of the fire that made her a teenage star." - cleveland.com

"As one of the premier session guitarists on Music Row, Brent Rowan is a certified cool Nashville cat." - Chet Flippo

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7/2/2017 8:00 PM
Music on the Green: Kelly Kerr

Kelly Kerr - Folk, rock, neosoul
Yampa River Botanic Park
Thursday, July 6
12:15-1 p.m.


Free 45-minute concerts at 12:15pm on Thursdays in the Yampa River Botanic Park. Enjoy the outdoors while at this free lunchtime concert series in one of the valleys most spectacular parks. Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy the beautiful flowers and great music. It's a perfect activity for music lovers of all ages on a summer day.

7/6/2017 12:15 PM
Chatham County Line

Chatham County Line
Friday, July 7, 8 p.m.

Chatham County Line has crafted top-notch, original modern bluegrass music that draws upon American roots while acknowledging its own members backgrounds in rock n roll. Characterized by poignant songwriting and inventive arrangements, Chatham County Lines latest album, Autumn, sees the quartet working comfortably in its sweet spot. Built around songwriter/guitarist Dave Wilsons clever lines and compelling vignettes, the record is a treasure trove of the wistful balladry and dynamic toe-tappers thatve become the bands hallmarks. John Teer (mandolin/fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass) add vocal harmonies and contribute impeccable yet unconventional picking. Catch them at Strings before they open for the Avett Brothers at Red Rocks on July 8!

"The bands unique roots-based bluegrass is steeped in tradition but with a twist that can only be described as fun" - The Huffington Post

"Does it all add up to bluegrass, newgrass, Americana, or something else? Chatham County Line proves that none of that really mattersAutumn's manifold pleasures instead." - Indy Week

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7/7/2017 8:00 PM
The Emily Bear Trio

Emily Bear Trio
Saturday, July 8, 7 p.m.

At age 15, pianist/composer/songwriter Emily Bear is a true sensation. Having made her professional debut at age five, she has since performed at many of the worlds most well-known venues. Her love for all musical styles encompasses pop, classical, jazz, and everything in-between. Mentored by jazz legend Quincy Jones, Bear was the youngest musician to ever receive the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award at age six and is the 2016 recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Jazz Composer of the Year Award. Together with bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Mark McLean, Bear returns to Strings to perform jazz favorites and original compositions from her newly released album.

"Emily is one of the most astonishing musical talents of our time." - NYU Jazz


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7/8/2017 7:00 PM
The Bazillions at Bud Werner Memorial Library

The Bazillions at the Library
FREE Monday, July 10, 4 p.m.


The Bazillions bring their playful and imaginative songs to Library Hall the night before their Strings performance. Join them for a taste of laughter, learning, and fun!

7/10/2017 4:00 PM
The Bazillions

The Bazillions
Tuesday, July 11, 11 a.m.

Best for ages 3-7
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 25 at 10am MDT


The Bazillions are an award-winning, 2.2+ million-view viral media and music machine. The duo has created a rich legacy of dangerously catchy tunes.

"Every track on The Bazillions first album, Rock-n-Roll Recess, is spot on"  - Stefan Shepherd, zooglobble.com

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7/11/2017 11:00 AM
Parker Quartet

Parker Quartet
Classical
Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m.



 Daniel Chong, violin
Ying Xue, violin
Jessica Bodner, viola
Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

MENDELSSOHNQuartet in E-flat Major, Op.12
BRAHMS Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67

Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for dynamic interpretations the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation.

Founded in 2002 and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet has received numerous honors and serves as Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University's Department of Music as well as USC School of Music. The Parker Quartet

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7/12/2017 7:00 PM
Music on the Green: Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp - Musical Theatre
Yampa River Botanic Park
Thursday, July 13
12:15-1 p.m.


Free 45-minute concerts at 12:15pm on Thursdays in the Yampa River Botanic Park. Enjoy the outdoors while at this free lunchtime concert series in one of the valleys most spectacular parks. Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy the beautiful flowers and great music. It's a perfect activity for music lovers of all ages on a summer day.

7/13/2017 12:15 PM
David Gonzalez's production of Sleeping Beauty

David Gonzalez
Thursday, July 13, 7 p.m.

Best for ages 8+
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 25 at 10am MDT


Sleeping Beauty is a rhymed-verse storytelling spin on the classic fairy tale with live piano and image projections that create a magical multimedia world, in which our beautiful (and funky) princess is awakened by true love's kiss...or not.

"New York's premier storyteller David Gonzalez is a one-of-a-kind artist who takes the audience on a storied, spoken word, musical journey." ~nearsay.com

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7/13/2017 7:00 PM
Mandy Harvey

Mandy Harvey
Friday, July 14, 8 p.m.

Mandy Harvey is an award-winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker. She has released multiple critically acclaimed albums, won the VSA's International Young Soloist Award, and has performed at the Kennedy Center in DC several times, including with pianist Jon Kimura Parker. She performs regularly at Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver, voted one of the top 100 Jazz venues in the world. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch, and passion are perfect. With support from friends and family, Mandy continues to find joy in the music. Together with her band, Mandy provides unforgettable performances.

"From the first note, Mandy Harvey tames her audience into stunned appreciation as she glides pitch-perfect from breathy jazz standard to growling blues." - The LA Times

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7/14/2017 8:00 PM
Kitchen and Garden Tour

 Fundraising Event
Kitchen & Garden Tour

  Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Self-Guided $40, $45 after July 1


VIP Bus $75 - Includes door-to-door transportation, special access to a master gardener, and lunch at Catamount Ranch and Club.

Take a peek inside Steamboat's loveliest kitchens and gardens on this unique tour. Start your morning at Strings Pavilion with live music and a continental breakfast before heading to homes around Steamboat. Each location showcases live music and hosts a Master Gardener on-site to answer questions.

Hosted by the Guild of Strings Music Festival

Presenting Sponsor: Moose Mountain Trading Company
Event Sponsors: Centennial Bank and Steamboat Resorts by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

7/15/2017 9:00 AM
Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native

Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native
 Saturday, July 15, 7 p.m.

Kentucky-born cellist Ben Sollee's music is difficult to pin down. He transitions seamlessly from Appalachian Mountain Music, to classical, to blues. Its Ben's quality of narrative and presence on stage that unifies his musical influences. Sollee has composed score for the documentary film Maidentrip, performed at Carnegie Hall as part of a tribute to Paul Simon, toured through Europe, and returned to the United States to perform with the Charlotte Ballet. Ben's music can be heard on ABC's Parenthood, HBO's Weeds and the film Killing Season starring John Travolta and Robert De Niro, among others.

"Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. Sollee can often be found riding a bicycle to his concerts (cello strapped to the back), which have become legendary for their intimacy." -The Carolina Theatre

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7/15/2017 7:00 PM
Precision Medicine in Cancer

7/17/2017 5:30 PM
Strings on the Slopes: C Street Brass

Fundraising Events
Strings on the Slopes 

Meet in Gondola Square Tuesday, July 18 - Friday, August 4 - Sunday, September 17, 10 a.m.
Tickets start at $45


Wake up and start your day with a beautiful gondola ride followed by a delicious breakfast. Meet in Gondola Square, then head to the top of the mountain to enjoy an ambassador-led hike with live music on the trail.

7/18/2017 10:00 AM
Jeff & Paige

Jeff & Paige
Tuesday, July 18, 11 a.m.

Best for ages 3-7
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 25 at 10am MDT


Husband and wife duo Jeff & Paige take over the room with their songs, storytelling, and interactive play to entertain and about the great and exciting outdoors.

"Jeff and Paige are incredibly talented musicians and story/songwriters, and their songs and stories are filled with fascinating and accessible learning about the natural world and environmentalism (yes, my 4 year old now understands what fossil fuels are and what makes an insect an insect)". - Ellen, Mom & Fan

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7/18/2017 11:00 AM
The Cliburn 2017 Gold Medalist: Solo Piano Recital

The Cliburn 2017 Gold Medalist: Solo Piano Recital
Wednesday, July 19, 7 p.m.

Once every four years, one remarkable pianist emerges victorious from the most prestigious piano competition in the world. Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as one of the worlds highest-visibility classical music contests and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience.

Tune in to the competition in May and June at Cliburn.org for a sneak peak at the winner. Live stream dates and details are now available online.

The competition concludes in June, giving Strings the honor of presenting one of the winners first performances.

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"A celebration of music, and the people who have to make music, no matter what." - The Boston Globe

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7/19/2017 7:00 PM
Music on the Green: C Street Brass

C Street Brass - Brass Quintet
Yampa River Botanic Park
Thursday, July 20 & Thursday, July 27
12:15-1 p.m.


Free 45-minute concerts at 12:15pm on Thursdays in the Yampa River Botanic Park. Enjoy the outdoors while at this free lunchtime concert series in one of the valleys most spectacular parks. Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy the beautiful flowers and great music. It's a perfect activity for music lovers of all ages on a summer day.

7/20/2017 To 7/27/2017
C Street Brass at Butcherknife Brewing

C Street Brass at Butcherknife Brewing
Friday, July 21, 5:00pm


Spend a summer evening sipping beer, enjoying live music, and supporting Strings! C Street Brass performs at Butcherknife Brewing Company beginning at 5 p.m. and 25% of sales go to Strings Music Festival.

7/21/2017 5:00 PM
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter
Friday, July 21, 8 p.m.

SOLD OUT

Over the course of her career, Mary Chapin Carpenter has recorded 14 albums and sold more than 14 million records. With hits like Passionate Kisses and He Thinks Hell Keep Her, she has been honored with five Grammy Awards, multiple CMA awards, and Academy of Country Music awards. A Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Carpenter performs songs from her expansive catalog and from her latest record The Things That We Are Made Of. The Huffington Post praises, The Things That We Are Made Of is an uplifting and very human account of Mary Chapin Carpenter

"... that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation." - Rolling Stone

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7/21/2017 8:00 PM
30th Anniversary Concert

30th Anniversary Concert
Classical
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.

HIGHLIGHTS

Chee-Yun, violin
Yizhak Schotten, Claude Sim, viola
Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Mark Nuccio, clarinet
Wendy Chen, Katherine Collier, David Deveau, piano
Ken Greene, concert commentator

BEETHOVEN Trio in B-flat Major for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 11 (Williams, Nuccio, Deveau)
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
BRAHMS Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 (Chee-Yun, Sim, Sant'Ambrogio, Chen)

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7/22/2017 7:00 PM
We're Not Clowns

We're Not Clowns
Tuesday, July 25, 11 a.m.

Best for ages 3-7
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 25 at 10am MDT


Steamboat's favorite juggling troupe returns to the Strings Pavilion for an exciting mash-up of juggling, comedy, and music.

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7/25/2017 11:00 AM
C Street Brass - Sensory Friendly

Sensory Friendly Concert C Street Brass
Tuesday, July 25, 5:30 p.m.

Tickets $15, Jrs (infant to 18 yrs) $5


Strings is pleased to partner with Yampa Valley Autism Program for this inclusive concert. Everyone is welcome, but we especially welcome friends and family in the Yampa Valley who have a sensory processing disorder. Enjoy pop culture favorites, classics with a twist, and jazz songs from this Pittsburgh brass quintet.

This sensory friendly performance is designed to help individuals with a sensory processing disorder, like autism, feel comfortable and secure while enjoying the concert with friends and family. Accommodations for this performance include:

  • Preshow materials to prepare for the visit
  • Fidgets for each participant
  • Room to move around the Pavilion to stand, sit, or sway
  • Sensory space outside in the Strings Café
  • House lights on a low level throughout the performance
  • Patrons are welcome to talk, sing, enter, and exit the pavilion
  • Snacks are allowed and encouraged
  • Staff trained in special needs will be on-site

7/25/2017 5:30 PM
Boston Brass "And the Nominees Are..."

Boston Brass
Classical
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.

HIGHLIGHTS

Jeff Conner, Jose Sibaja, trumpet
Chris Castellanos, horn
Domingo Pagliuca, trombone
Sam Pilafian, tuba

We invite you to mingle with the musicians at a reception after the concert.

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7/26/2017 7:00 PM
Musical Talk: Loras John Schissel at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Musical Talk: Loras John Schissel at the Library
FREE Thursday, July 27 Time TBA


Loras John Schissel is a renowned composer, orchestrator, conductor, and musicologist from the Library of Congress. He recently co-authored "The Stars and Stripes Forever" with John Philip Sousa's great-grandson and will share stories about his scholarship.

7/27/2017 7:00 PM
Small Town World

Small Town World
Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m.

Best for ages 8+
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 25 at 10am MDT


Small Town World takes audiences on a journey through time to discover gorgeous songs and melodies from many countries around the world. Solange Guenier Chambers, Cary Kamperschroer, Willie Samuelson, and Randy Kelley have traveled the globe, and their inspiration shows up in each show. From bluegrass to jazz, classic rock to African drumming, the talented foursome will captivate audiences of all ages.

7/27/2017 7:00 PM
Rhapsody in Blue: Live and On the Air

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

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

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7/29/2017 7:00 PM
The Mavericks

The Mavericks
Sunday, July 30, 8 p.m.

Raul Malo and his musical comrades Paul Deakin, Eddie Perez, and Jerry Dale McFadden believe in bringing people together in the name of good times and great music. From their earliest shows as a garage band playing the clubs on Miami Beach, The Mavericks have had a skill for getting people to groove. Drawing on a mix of classic country, cow-punk, and standards, Malo and company left South Florida, bringing their rhythmic fervor and Latin machismo, along with Malo's lush baritone, to the world.

Dance Alert: Spontaneous, joyous dancing could erupt at any moment. Please choose your seats wisely.


"...the Mavericks can still mix torch and twang with a vibrant virtuosity that defines genre boundaries."- USA TODAY

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7/30/2017 8:00 PM
VIP Wine Tasting

VIP Wine Tasting $20
Wednesday, August 2, 6:00 p.m.

Enhance your evening and enjoy hors d'ouvres and a wine tasting ahead of the concert in Strings Music Festival Park.

8/2/2017 6:00 PM
Romantic Favorites from Mendelssohn and Chopin

Romantic Favorites from Mendelssohn and Chopin
Classical
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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sisters Julie and Laura Albers reunite on this program in their home state of Colorado. Both musicians grew up in Longmont, CO, and are returning to the festival for the second time in three years to play together. The repertoire includes three of the Romantic period's most famous composers. If you are new to the Romantic period, or if it's your favorite, the concert features repertoire that is complicated, but it is easy to connect with the music.
  • Listen to the season playlist on Spotify to preview the pieces on this concert program.

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.

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8/2/2017 7:00 PM
STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins
SOLD OUT

 Thursday, August 3, 8 p.m.

The joint summer tour of Stephen Still and Judy Collins marks the first time the two have been on stage together. For this once in a lifetime experience, these music legends pull from their rich catalogs, debut songs from their upcoming album, and share warm and intimate stories from their past. Stills is known for his work with Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and his solo work. He's a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ranked #28 in Rolling Stone Magazines The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. Collins is known for her eclectic palette as a solo artist, melding folk, rock, classical, and jazz into a singular aesthetic. She's earned five Grammy nominations.

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8/3/2017 8:00 PM
Strings on the Slopes: Tyler Peyman Classical Guitar

Fundraising Events
Strings on the Slopes 

Meet in Gondola Square Tuesday, July 18 - Friday, August 4 - Sunday, September 17, 10 a.m.
Tickets start at $45


Wake up and start your day with a beautiful gondola ride followed by a delicious breakfast. Meet in Gondola Square, then head to the top of the mountain to enjoy an ambassador-led hike with live music on the trail.

8/4/2017 10:00 AM
Open Classical Rehearsal for Families

Open Classical Rehearsal for Families
FREE Friday, August 4, 11 a.m.

Introduce your children to classical music while Music Director Michael Sachs prepares the orchestra for an evening concert. Children 3 and up are invited to enjoy this relaxed morning rehearsal with their parents.

8/4/2017 11:00 AM
Strings Festival Orchestra Finale

Strings Festival Orchestra Finale
Classical
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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anne-Marie McDermott joins the orchestra for this concert. Besides being an acclaimed piano soloist, she is the Music Director of our fellow Colorado festival, Bravo!Vail! She and Michael Sachs tried to play this piece together in New York several years ago, but it fell apart due to timing. This is the first time they have ever collaborated together, and we are excited it is in Steamboat!
  • Listen to the season playlist on Spotify to preview the pieces on this concert program.

Michael Sachs, conductor and trumpet
John Macfarlane, conductor
Vijay Gupta, violin
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

PÄRT Fratres (Gupta)
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, Op. 35 (McDermott, Sachs)
TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

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

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8/5/2017 7:00 PM
Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel
Tuesday, August 8, 8 p.m.

Asleep at the Wheel started with Ray Benson and a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music. The band got their big break in 1971 when Van Morrison mentioned them in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.Since then, the band has released more than 25 studio albums, garnered nine Grammy Awards and won such honors as Touring Band of the Year (CMAs, 1976) and Lifetime Achievement in Performance (Americana Music Awards 2009). Asleep at the Wheel has created their own living and creative genre of music with no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

This is a general admission show with a dance area in front of the stage.

"Now in their 41st year, the band continues to introduce western swing to a new generation on tour and takes audiences on the ride of a lifetime" -CMT

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8/8/2017 8:00 PM
Music on the Green: Randy Kelley & Jon Gibbs

  Randy Kelley & Jon Gibb - Acoustic Favorites
Yampa River Botanic Park
Thursday, August 10
12:15-1 p.m.


Free 45-minute concerts at 12:15pm on Thursdays in the Yampa River Botanic Park. Enjoy the outdoors while at this free lunchtime concert series in one of the valleys most spectacular parks. Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy the beautiful flowers and great music. It's a perfect activity for music lovers of all ages on a summer day.

8/10/2017 12:15 PM
Take 6

Take 6
Friday, August 11, 8 p.m.

Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history with more than 30 accolades including ten Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards, and a Soul Train Award. In their performances, six virtuosic voices unite in harmony against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves. Take 6 has toured across the globe and collaborated across genres. The group shares memories on stage as they celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a brand new show.

"The baddest vocal cats on the planet!" - Quincy Jones

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8/11/2017 8:00 PM
Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker
Wednesday, August 16, 8 p.m.

Silent Auction Night

Having played with leaders of soul and funk, Maceo Parker has made a name that's synonymous with funky music and solidified and impeccable pedigree. Parker started his career with James Brown, then jumped aboard the Mothership with George Clinton, and finally played an ongoing part in Prince's tours. Since the 1990s Maceo Parker has been enjoying a blistering solo career and traveled with a band of his own, building a new funk empire that is both fresh and stylistically diverse. Because of the unique quality of his sound, Parker is one of the most sampled musicians around.

"Maceo Parker is a funk titan. His body of work is as important to the genre as those belonging to James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, all of whom have collaborated with Parker. On a broader level, Parker must be regarded as simply one of the all-time great saxophonists. He stretched the boundaries of music, fashioned a new style of playing and, most importantly, made some truly great music." - Mercury San Francisco

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8/16/2017 8:00 PM
Music on the Green: Spilt Pint

 Spilt Pint - Irish Session Music
Yampa River Botanic Park
Thursday, August 17
12:15-1 p.m.


Free 45-minute concerts at 12:15pm on Thursdays in the Yampa River Botanic Park. Enjoy the outdoors while at this free lunchtime concert series in one of the valleys most spectacular parks. Bring a blanket, relax on the lawn and enjoy the beautiful flowers and great music. It's a perfect activity for music lovers of all ages on a summer day.

8/17/2017 12:15 PM
Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald
Sunday, August 20, 8 p.m.


A prominent part of the soundtrack to our times, Michael McDonald has been awarded an impressive five Grammys. In the course of his forty-year career, he has collaborated with great artists such as Kenny Loggins, Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, and Aretha Franklin; served as an integral member of both Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers; and maintained a stunning solo career.While a member of the Doobie Brothers, McDonald sang lead on the hits "Takin' It to the Streets", "Minute by Minute", and "What a Fool Believes", among others. As a solo artist, McDonalds hit "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles charts and has been heavily sampled.


"His instantly identifiable, soulful vocals have made him a pop culture icon." - Rolling Stone

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8/20/2017 8:00 PM
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Friday, September 8, 7 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, April 25 at 10am MDT


Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), share a unique musical partnership. Béla Fleck is a sixteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized the instrument by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The pair performs music from their self-titled debut for which they took home the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album.

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9/8/2017 7:00 PM
Literary Sojourn Festival of Authors

Literary Sojourn Festival of Authors
September 16, 2017
SOLD OUT

Literary Sojourn is an annual festival of authors and readers celebrating the power of the book. Each fall, an esteemed slate of authors and 500 book lovers from all over the country gather in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Together they revel in the written word, fueled by award-winning writers who share the stories and inspiration behind their exceptional books.

Tickets for the September 16, 2017 Literary Sojourn Festival of Authors at the Strings Pavilion will go on sale as follows:

Donor Early Sale - SOLD OUT

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017
  • 10:00 am MDT
  • $150 (includes $75 donation to Literary Sojourn)
  • Quantities are limited.

In the past, we have given donors who contribute $75 or more by June 1, the opportunity to purchase one early ticket in advance of the general public. This year we are keeping with that tradition, however, you DO NOT need make a donation in advance. You can make a $75 donation AND purchase your $75 reserved seat in one transaction. Each early ticket requires a $75 donation. Those donating $500 or more before May 24, 2017 receive two, complimentary event tickets with designated seats in premier donor section.

General Public - SOLD OUT

  • Tuesday, June 13, 2017
  • 10:00 am MDT until sold out
  • $75.00

All Tickets

  • Online only
  • Limit 4 tickets per person
  • Seat selection required at time of purchase
  • No more waiting in line early in the morning on the day of the event to get your seats.

Ticket Exchange

The Ticket Exchange will be provided by Literary Sojourn for the convenience of those who want to re-sell their tickets starting June 6, 2017. Literary Sojourn is not otherwise involved in or responsible for the re-sales that take place through the Ticket Exchange.

9/16/2017 1:30 PM
Strings on the Slopes: Neenee Nenee African Drums

Fundraising Events
Strings on the Slopes 

Meet in Gondola Square Tuesday, July 18 - Friday, August 4 - Sunday, September 17, 10 a.m.
Tickets start at $45


Wake up and start your day with a beautiful gondola ride followed by a delicious breakfast. Meet in Gondola Square, then head to the top of the mountain to enjoy an ambassador-led hike with live music on the trail.

9/17/2017 10:00 AM
STRINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL | STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Box Office: (970) 879-5056 | x105
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