Monthly Archives: March 2012
|Asleep at the Wheel|
“Chris Botti -Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
“Chris Botti rocked my world but so many performances have here. Thank you!”
“Two step, three steps all night long to Asleep at the Wheel every time they played. And I loved that steel guitar.” -Chris and Gary
“You’ve come a long way since Asleep at the Wheel.”
“Seeing Brent Rowan in his first concert, his hand shaking until he started playing.”
“My heart melts each year when Brent Rowan sings “80477” – it’s my piece of heaven as well.”
These Strings Music Festival favorites return for another great season of music in Steamboat Springs. Don’t miss their concerts!
|Pianist Jon Nakamatsu|
Despite not following the traditional music career path and being rejected from the 2003 Van Cliburn screening audition, Nakamatsu never gave up playing the piano and returned to win the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, Nakamatsu has judged other piano competitions, which he says he enjoys much more than actually being in the competition. In the video below you can watch his speech during the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs awards ceremony, which has the audience howling with laughter and encourages all the “losers” to keep on playing.
|Mass Ensemble – Strings Music Tent – 2004|
If MASS Ensemble is your favorite memory, you’re in luck because they’re returning to Strings Music Festival to open the Different Tempo Series. To learn more about the instrument that spans the length of the Pavilion, visit stringsmusicfestival.com. They will perform in Steamboat Springs on Saturday June 30th at 8:00pm. Tickets on sale now, online, by phone, or in person.
|Wendy Chen – Strings Music Pavilion – 2010|
“David Hardy’s brilliant cello, warm most secure smile and a strong but not bone crushing handshake.”
“When David Deveau played Liszt’s consolation No. 3 in 2005. I fell in love with the piece and asked my piano teacher to help me learn it. It took me months, but I finally could play it quite well. David’s job is secure, I could never equal him.”
“We always look forward to hearing Wendy Chen play the piano and also to seeing what she is wearing – stunning music and outfits.”
“Wendy Chen, playing powerfully and peacefully: Grace, beauty and a smile to melt every heart!”
If these are your Strings Music Festival favorites, then you’re in luck because they’re coming back! Here’s when you can see them perform:
Anne Martindale Williams
But Botti refuses to be limited entirely to jazz. His most influential work blends genres and his greatest example of this talent was demonstrated in a PBS benefit concert titled Live in Boston. In an interview with PBS after the concert, Botti touches on how great musicians can break out of their boxes.
At this concert, Sting, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban, and Yo-Yo Ma all performed on the same stage with the Boston Pops orchestra. If you didn’t think classical music could be combined with rock n’ roll, pop, and jazz, check out the videos below to see how Botti artfully arranged these musicians to blow away all genre lines.
|Jesse Cook – Strings Music Pavilion – 2010|
“Loved Jesse Cook’s high energy and talent.”
“Who could forget the gypsy rhythms of Jesse Cook? Hot Spanish memories are made of him.”
“Our first Jesse Cook concert when the audience danced in the aisles.”
“Jesse Cook by the lake!” -Karen Vincent Lindeman
Jesse Cook performed at a Different Tempo Concert at the Strings Music Pavilion and an Encore Concert in 2010. Check out the 2012 Different Tempo Series on Strings Music Festival’s website. Tickets on sale now!
|Sleeping Giant / (c) Rod Hanna|
August 1: Orchestral Music from the Movies – Steamboat’s Young Musicians
|Strings Music Festival Park|
My favorite memory of Strings is…
“Making the silent auction quilt for the 2000 season.” -Madeleine Vail
“Painting clothespins black.” -Ted G
Along with ushering at concerts, checking tickets, and helping in the box office, some volunteers go above and beyond – like making sure that musicians have clothespins so their music won’t blow away. Thank you to all our volunteers – we couldn’t do it without you!