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Up Here All The World's A Stage

04/23/2013 09:08PM ● By Christina Freeman

The March Foourth Marching Band plays during the Free Summer Concert Series in 2012. Photo by Corey Kopischke.

Summer 2013 is the right time, and Steamboat Springs is the right place to enjoy music and the arts. As Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp celebrates its 100th anniversary, this is the season of the arts.

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp

The nation’s oldest performing arts camp, Perry-Mansfield has cultivated talented artists like Lee Remick, Joan Van Ark and Dustin Hoffman (to name a few). Agnes DeMille was inspired to write “Rodeo” after her visit to the camp. Perry-Mansfield is rolling out the red carpet for centennial celebrations. One of the highlights is the New Works Festival, premiering original works created at the camp by renowned international artists. The pieces often go on to achieve critical acclaim, following productions in prominent theaters throughout the country. www.

Strings Music Festival

The music scene in Steamboat is immeasurably enriched through the Strings Music Festival, which showcases everything from classical masterpieces to country stars. Housed in the Strings Music Pavilion, an architecturally compelling venue that is also renowned among visiting musicians for its acoustics, this summer festival is divided into four components: classical, the Different Tempo series, youth and family concerts and Music on the Green, free weekly outdoor lunch concerts at the Yampa River Botanic Park. From Lyle Lovett and Kenny Loggins to Andres Cardenas and the 2013 Cliburn Gold Medalist, Strings’ summer lineup goes almost nonstop from June through August.

First Friday Artwalk

Stroll the sidewalks of Old Town on the first Friday of any month and wander in and out of Steamboat’s many galleries and art venues. Exhibits change monthly, music often enhances the visual arts, and food and wine are served at some of the stops. Visit

Steamboat Art Museum

The often-humorous, always authentic life of a cowgirl is the subject of Steamboat Art Museum’s summer exhibit, featuring the works of Donna Howell-Sickles. Housed in the historic First National Bank building downtown, the Steamboat Art Museum, affectionately dubbed SAM, showcases the finest in Western art. “The Cowgirl” will be on display from June through October. Additionally, SAM offers a series of workshops for artists and art aficionados.

Chief Theater

Steamboat’s newest — and one of its oldest — performing arts venue is the Chief Theater. The oldest movie theater in town, the Chief was purchased by a nonprofit organization in 2012 for the purpose of reviving the historic building and creating a cultural center for the community. During the estimated three years it may take to raise the funds and complete the restoration, the theater is being used by various local groups and traveling acts. Visit for a complete schedule.

Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series

Combine a party, a picnic and a live outdoor concert and you have the Free Summer Concert Series. The old-time string sounds of the Grammy Award winning trio Carolina Chocolate Drops (Friday, July 26) and the rockin’ sounds of Vintage Trouble (Friday, Aug. 16) are the first of several acts to be announced for the 2013 series. Visit for the complete lineup and venues.