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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.


Loras John Schissel, conductor
Verne Lundquist, narrator
Wendy Chen, piano

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
Romantic Favorites from Mendelssohn and Chopin

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.


  • 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
Strings Festival Orchestra Finale

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

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

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
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