Monthly Archives: June 2011
|Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis|
|Biking through Strings Park|
Our season kicks off in less than two weeks and we are busy putting together the final touches. We’ve had shipments arriving all week – program books, t-shirts, toys, and other surprises for our concerts. Gary has been hard at work in the Pavilion staining benches and painting fixtures. New flowers arrived, and our grounds crew is making the park beautiful for your evening picnics. The tent is up and Steamboat Meat and Seafood is ready to serve you dinner.
|Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow|
Our next online ticket deal will start Monday June 13 at 9AM. Get two tickets for the price of one to see Cheng and Chow conquer two pianos simultaneously and fit four hands on one piano. You might mistake the amount of sound for a full size orchestra! The concert is on Wednesday July 13 at 7:00PM. Ticket cost is $40.
Strings isn’t the only one who’s thought of making music in these mountains. The Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp has hosted performances for 98 years. Today begins the annual New Works Festival, which connects artists from many backgrounds to create original works of art.
Like Strings, Perry Mansfield is an integral part of our artistic community and developing young performers. During the summer, students attend workshops and work personally with professional dancers, directors, musicians, composers, writers, and actors. Famous faces such as Jessica Biel, Dustin Hoffman, and Stephen Schwartz have lingered in this serene mountain valley to perfect their skills and pass on their wisdom.
As residents of a rural western town, we don’t have the opportunity to view performances in their raw stages, as we would if we lived in New York City. The New Works Festival lets us experience a fresh performance in a natural setting, juxtaposing city culture with country living. Many of these snippets will later become fully formed plays and we can witness the transformation of a fleeting idea to a full production. The rehearsals are free and open to the public and take place all week long. The shows are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are $15 for stage readings and $20 for the dance performance. For a full schedule of events click here.
Saturday July 9 at 8:00PM, Strings Music Pavilion
Visit our website TODAY ONLY for discounted ticket price, while supplies last. Discounts valid on a limited number of tickets, so be the first to buy!
” [Dala]..make some beautiful harmonies on these hook-laden, lyrically impressive tracks. Transportingly ethereal singers, the Dala gals can work up some powerful emotions, make a religion out of lonely introspection and even crack the occasional Canada joke.”
– L.A. Times
As Canadian folk singers, Dala has won audiences over with their rich harmonies and infectious performances. Be prepared to be completely captivated by the blend of Amanda Walther’s soprano and Sheila Carabine’s alto voices. Check out Girls from the North Country, a live concert weaving original songs and classics, that won Dala the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year.”
Looking to play some music tonight? Join host Jay Roemer at The Boathouse Pub for open mic night. Starting at 8:00PM, local performing artists come together in a warm, supportive setting to play for an audience, rather than just their pets. Music, comedy, poetry, anything that can be performed in a microphone, is welcome.
The event is free and open to the public. Anyone under 21 is requested to register before 8:00PM, and any performer over 21 receives free beer. Come support our local up and coming Steamboat musicians or surprise us with your own hidden talents.
Yesterday, newspapers around the country covered Lady Gaga’s record breaking album sale of Born This Way. Of the 1,108,000 album copies sold in the first week, 440,000 sold on Amazon.com for only 99 cents. We’ve known since the creation of Napster that the music industry would face enormous changes and it seems we’ve reached a pinnacle. If Lady Gaga can sell her newest album for only 99 cents, how many others will follow suit to try to break her record?
These days, artists profit most through concert tours, promotions, ad campaigns, etc., not from album sales. Access to free music on websites such as YouTube and Pandora has certainly decreased record sales. It seems that artist goals to increase fan numbers are out of sync with record companies trying to stay alive.
The controversy on what music is worth:
Ish Cuebas, vice president for music merchandising of Trans World Entertainment, says in the New York Times, “I can understand what Amazon did, but I think it devalues music even further. In the customer’s mind it’s worth 99 cents.”
Lady Gaga herself tells the Wall Street Journal that she doesn’t think her own album in digital form is worth more than 99 cents.
Do you think access to low-cost or free albums devalues music? Share your thoughts below.