Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
By Joe Lauber
Tiffany Haas as Glinda sings "No One Mourns the Wicked" on Broadway. Photo Courtesy: Steamboat Symphony Orchestra
Blending the sounds of strings, horns, percussion and perhaps the most compelling musical instrument of all: the voice, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Music Director Ernest Richardson creates magical performances.
The Spring 2015 concert is no exception. Soprano Tiffany Haas, who sang the role of Glinda, the Good Witch, in Broadway’s “Wicked,” joins the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Brahms, Bernstein and Broadway, Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8.
Haas, Miss Ohio 2002, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the renowned Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, with an emphasis on opera and musical theater. In addition to performing on Broadway, she has appeared with many of the nation’s most prominent symphonies, with Steamboat Springs as her most recent stop.
Steamboat is the only resort community in Colorado with a professional symphony orchestra. Now in its 24th year, the orchestra was founded by its current concert master, violinist Theresa Steffen Greenlee. Richardson took the baton in 2004. He is also the artistic director and CEO of Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, a nationally recognized summer music school located in Steamboat, and the resident conductor of the Omaha Symphony.
The orchestra achieved its 2014 goal when 10% of the community attended its holiday performances last December. Eight-five singers joined the musicians for three sold-out concerts, two at Strings Pavilion and one at Holy Name Catholic Church. “We’re an orchestra-crazy community,” says Mical Hutson, executive director of the symphony.
Hutson attributes the orchestra’s success to its roots as a community-based, educational experience for its youth. “Our children are affected so positively by these opportunities,” she says.
The spring concert, in which Haas is slated to perform pieces from “Frozen” and “Wicked,” as well as the overture to “Candida,” is also expected to sell out. Two performances are slated at Strings Pavilion: Saturday, March 7, 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, 4 p.m. For tickets, visit www.StringsMusicFestival.comSteamboat Symphony Orchestra