Monthly Archives: April 2012
“My favorite memory of Strings is Joshua Bell.”
|Joshua Bell at Strings Music Festival|
“The Joshua Bell concert was magical.”
“Joshua Bell performing in the intimate space of the Strings tent.”
“Joshua Bell, wow!”
|The Tesla Quartet|
This summer Strings Music Festival welcomes the Tesla Quartet to the Young Artist-in-Residence program. The Tesla Quartet was founded in 2008 at The Julliard School and currently studies with the Takács Quartet through their Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Music festivals are familiar to the Tesla Quartet, and before coming to Strings, they spent three summers at Aspen Music Festival.
“The Tesla Quartet (US) followed with Debussy’s String Quartet, the fleeting atmospheres of which have defeated some of the world’s finest. This was a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion. A real sense of four players listening to each other did not obstruct a natural rapport with the audience.
Confusingly, the judges’ decision took account of performances in earlier rounds. Based on the final alone, I would have given the prize to the Tesla, whom the jury placed third. First prize went to the Arcadia. All three quartets deserve a bright future.”
|The Tesla Quartet at Wigmore Hall, London|
Ross Snyder, violin: The founder of the Tesla Quartet, Ross won Second Prize in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition and first prize in the Dorothy J. Bales ’41 Violin Competition at the New England Conservatory.
Michelle Lie, violin: Born in Munich, Germany and raised in South Korea since the age of six, Michelle did not start playing the violin until the age of 14. Michelle was awarded first prize in the 250th anniversary of the J.S. Bach Competition and was the winner of Dankook University’s 2004 Concerto Competition.
Megan Mason, viola: Founding violist of the Tesla Quartet, Megan spends her summers as a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and has studied at Le Domaine Forget and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Kimberly Patterson, cello: Kimberly recently gave the world premiere of Cayetano Soto’s ballet for solo cello, Uneven, with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and subsequently toured throughout the United Sates. She has completed chamber residencies with the Aspen Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival.
Live Music in Steamboat – The Tesla Quartet
The Tesla Quartet will perform free lunchtime concerts at the Yampa River Botanic Park Thursdays June 28 to July 19. They will also present outreach concerts for Boys and Girls Clubs and Senior Centers, as well as be featured in select evening classical concerts at the Strings Music Pavilion.
“Kid shows, especially the one I got to be in!” -Margaux, 6
“I love to watch the children at the children’s concerts. They are so engaged and their joy is pure.”
|Banana Slug String Band – Youth Concert – 2011|
The Strings Music Festival Youth and Family Series is popular with our youngest audience. The series began in 1995 with six concerts, and the $1 ticket price for kids is still the same today! If your kids are looking for things to do in Steamboat this summer, bring them to a performance with dancing, juggling, drumming, and learning how to make their own music. Visit our website for brief descriptions about the concerts.
2012 Youth and Family Concert Schedule:
|Chart from NCES Arts Education Report|
|Courtesy of the Steamboat Today|
While Steamboat Springs does not demonstrate extreme poverty, the district does exhibit characteristics of low income schools. Sarah Bainter Cunningham, Executive Director of Research for Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts and the NEA’s former Director of Arts Education, speaks about low income schools and the arts. “We start to see an achievement gap not only where fewer low income schools have the arts, but where there are fewer kinds of music courses. Music teachers have to collaborate more with classroom teachers, they’re traveling between more schools, spreading themselves thin and perhaps have less time to perform themselves.”
We’ve sure had some wild weather in Steamboat Springs this week. Everything from a record breaking 71 degrees on Wednesday, the first thunderstorm of the season, and finishing out the week with a fresh blanket of snow over the valley. Weather also makes a lasting impression on our patrons who have attended concerts in pouring rain and thunderstorms.
|Strings Music Festival Tent – 2004|
“Attending a concert in “the tent” during a thunder and lightning storm. The roof leaked and my favorite musical selection of the evening was “raindrops keep falling on my head. It was quite a night!” -Julia Ann and Doug Jones
“The day at the Gillerg and it rained hard! No one minded and the show went on!” -Mix and Karen
“Having concerts interrupted by the thunder and noise of hail hitting the roof of the tent!”
“Rain leaking in the tent.”
“We and our guests from California will always remember the chamber concert when it started to hail and the Steamboat elements delayed the start of an otherwise wonderful night of music.”
“Concerts in the tent stopping for thunder.”
If you’re looking for things to do in Steamboat and Colorado summer concerts, be sure to check out the Strings Music Festival Concert Calendar. Tickets for the summer are on sale now!
With a TV and a cell phone, music fanatics get first hand interaction with all of their favorite stars as they watch the Grammys, the American Music Awards, or Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve. Viewers not only see the stars on camera, but get to join in the conversation with the help of Twitter.
|Chamber Music at the Steamboat Athletic Club – 1991|
Did you know that Strings Music Festival first began at the Steamboat Athletic Club on the deck of Storm Meadows? Here are some of the favorite memories from that time:
“Playing on the Athletic Club deck and admiring the flattops years ago.”
“Sitting at Slopeside eating dinner and listening to the Strings concert at the same time.” -Karen Linsky
“Walking through the woods to and from the Storm Meadows Athletic Club for concerts.”
The Strings staff was nervous for their first ever concert and hoped at least one person would show up. Imagine their surprise when they peered out the windows to see an audience of 250 people! They even had to find more chairs to accommodate everyone. This was the first time that live classical music was available in Steamboat Springs. Concerts were held at the Steamboat Athletic Club for four years, until the fire martial said that patrons could no longer sit on the roof for concerts.