Strings Music Festival Announces Steamboat Summer Schedule
By Jack Burger
The 27th season of Strings Music Festival welcomes contemporary, classical and collaborative performing arts events, recognizable names like Bruce Hornsby and Asleep at the Wheel, young up-and-coming acts, seasoned chamber musicians and local favorites. Opening night is fast approaching with America on June 21.
The summer season opens June 21 with a Different Tempo series show from the timeless classic, America followed by George Winston on June 24. The Different Tempo series will then wind through a myriad of genres, from world music with Jesse Cook to Beatles tribute band, The Fab Four, to singer-songwriter country tunes with Strings regular Brent Rowan joined on stage this year by Larry Gatlin. The season also brings vocalist Lisa Fisher who has recently been showcased in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
This season also showcases the first year of the new Steinway Model D concert grand piano and some of the top players from across the nation to break in the keys. George Winston performs early in the season on June 24. Legendary 90-year-old classical pianist Menahem Pressler will return to Strings for two nights and a special appearance at a fundraising event at a private Steamboat residence. 12-year-old piano genius Emily Bear takes the stage with her Jazz Trio on August 9, and the season comes to an end with a much-anticipated solo piano performance by 13-time Grammy nominee Bruce Hornsby.
The Classical series led by Music Directors Andrés Cárdenes and Monique Mead brings in major players and soloists from across the globe including pianist Jon Kimura Parker performing with the Strings Festival Orchestra on July 26 and a night of dance collaborations with Perry-Mansfield on July 5.
The free Music on the Green series begins on June 26 and continues every Thursday at the Yampa River Botanic Park with several local acts including Acutonic and Leaner, Lunker & Friends. The Tuesday morning Youth Series sees acts like The Not-Its! and the high-energy African drum and dance ensemble Fara Tolno & Kissidugu.
Strings Summer Schedule
Jun 21...... America (Different Tempo)
Jun 24..... George Winston (Different Tempo)
Jun 28..... Opening Night Orchestra (Classical)
Jul 2....... Chamber Music: Dvořák to Broadway (Classical)
Jul 3....... The Fab Four (Different Tempo)
Jul 5....... Perry-Mansfield: Gershwin and Ellington (Classical)
Jul 7....... House Party/Menahem Pressler (special event)
Jul 9....... Evening with Pressler (Classical)
Jul 11.......Brent Rowan & Larry Gatlin (Different Tempo)
Jul 12...... Pressler: Mozart and Dvorak (Classical)
Jul 16......Wendy Chen on Steinway D (Classical)
Jul 16...... Donors Reception (special event)
Jul 18...... Rockapella (Different Tempo)
Jul 19...... Kitchen and Garden Tour (special event)
Jul 19...... Turtle Island Quartet (Classical/Different Tempo)
Jul 23...... Seven Composers, Seven Styles (Classical)
Jul 25...... Court Yard Hounds (Different Tempo)
Jul 26...... Orchestra with Jon Kimura Parker (Classical)
Jul 30...... Calder Quartet (Classical)
Aug 1....... The California Honeydrops (Different Tempo)
Aug 2...... Lisa Fischer (Different Tempo)
Aug 6...... Cliburn Piano Medalist: Sean Chen (Classical)
Aug 8...... Jesse Cook (Different Tempo)
Aug 9.......Quincy Jones Presents: The Emily Bear Jazz Trio (Classical/Different Tempo)
Aug 13.....Bruce Hornsby (Different Tempo)
Aug 16.....Asleep at the Wheel (Different Tempo)
Aug 17.....House Party/Ray Benson (special event)
Youth Series: Tuesdays from June 24 to Aug. 5
Music on the Green: Thursdays from June 26 to Aug. 14
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.stringsmusicfestival.com