Monthly Archives: June 2012

David Deveau – 22 Seasons with Strings Music Festival

Many of our audience members have seen all 25 years of Strings’ concerts, but what you may not know, is that some of our artists have been here just as long! Thirteen musicians have returned to Strings for more than half of the years the festival has been in existence. Below you can find out who they are, how long they’ve been here, when they first performed, and when they’re performing this year.  

Ken Greene, 24 seasons, 1988 (June 23July 28)
David Deveau, 22 seasons, 1990 (July 28)
Andrés Cárdenes, 21 seasons, 1992 (June 23August 4)
Anne Martindale Williams, 18 seasons, 1992 (August 1, August4)
David Hardy, 17 seasons, 1994 (July 28August 4)
William VerMeulen, 17 seasons, 1994 (June 23, June 27)
Mark Nuccio, 16 seasons, 1995 (July 7, August 1)
Katherine Collier, 15 seasons, 1994
Yizhak Schotten, 15 seasons, 1994
Cary Lewis, 14 seasons, 1994
Sylvia VerMeulen, 13 seasons, 1996 (June 23)
Debra Ellet-Holland, 13 seasons, 1997
Brent Rowan, 13 seasons, 2000 (July 6)
For more live music in Steamboat Springs, visit the Strings Music Festival website.

Posted on June 29, 2012
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Betse Grassby, Annie DeGroff, Kay Clagett – 1992

“Kay and Betse- you rock! Remember when you were so nervous about how Strings would manifest? Well, wow!”
“Betse, Kay, Anne working out of one small office at Storm Meadows.”

These three have been with Strings since the beginning. Join us tomorrow night for the Opening Night Orchestra concert, when they relive some of the highlights from the past 25 years. Strings is so successful because of you!

Posted on June 22, 2012
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This Saturday, Strings Music Festival kicks off the season with Opening Night Orchestra featuring cellist Gary Hoffman. Before the concert, check out the Silent Auction, hosted by the Guild of Strings Music Festival in conjunction with the Kitchen and Garden Tour. Bidding is available at the evening concerts June 23-July 20 and 8:30-9:30am on July 21 at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Featured kitchen on the Kitchen and Garden Tour
Silent Auction Items

Trips & Experiences

Golf tournament in Augusta: 3 day attendance (not play) and 4 night stay at Country Inn & Suites. Two practice rounds and the par 3 contest.

Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse: Two night stay in 1-bedroom cabin, with $50 gift certificate
4 Rodeo tickets and BBQ for 4
Birding day trip to North Park and Arapahoe National Wild Refuge, includes lunch
1-hour ride with policeman and donuts from Milk Run
Steamboat Flyfisher gift certificate and hand tied flies by Robert Thiesen

18-Holes at Catamount Ranch and Club: one round of golf for four, with cart
Rollingstone Ranch Golf Course: one round of golf for four, with cart, and men’s v-neck sweater vest and striped golf shirt


Reserved parking space at Strings for 2013

Premier front row seating for Chris Botti and dinner at Riggio’s Ristorante
Premier front row seating for Lee Ann Womack and dinner at the Laundry
Premier front row seating for k.d. lang and the siss boom bang and 4-course chef-prepared dinner for 2 by Damon Renfroe
Two Steamboat Symphony Orchestra 2013 season passes
1-hour piano lesson with Baya Kakouberi
1-hour violin lesson with Gary Levinson
2-hour master class with Monique Mead
1-hour cello lesson with David Hardy
Strings street sign 

Personal Fitness & Beauty
Jim Hooper Personal Training: 2 sessions and 10 class punch card
Pilate Body: 3 private sessions with Monika Reineke
Forever Fit: 2 personal training sessions with Sarah Coleman
Acqua Salon and Spa Gift Certificate
Look good, feel good: 2 sessions gentle strength massage, gift certificate to Dragonfly, spa pedicure from Wildhorse

Food & Cooking
McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft: private party
1-hour consulting with The Main Event: private parties, reunions, weddings
Taste of Steamboat: Cider Fixins, Daniela’s Chocolate, server and cookbooks
Cooking with Kramer: 5 course meal for 6, demonstration, preparation, eating
Evening of flower design, wine and tapas for six by Tall Tulips and Classic Wines

Handmade local ceramics by Julie K. Anderson
Limited edition art print by B.J. Stych
Family portrait by Jessica Maynard: up to 6 people, includes CD with images
One of a kind paper sculpture of a violin by Becky Rupnow
Winter in Yellowstone: Photographed and framed by Michael Lichtenstein
Christmas Time on Lincoln Ave: photographed and framed by Michael Lichtenstein
Photographic pigment print 15”x15” by David Patterson
Lance Whitner Mixed Media Painting 12”x12”

Jewelry & Accessories
Judith Ripka Heart Dangle Bracelet: sterling silver with white sapphire pave heart
Triple strand turquoise necklace and earrings by Tibby Speare
Black leather bubble purse, Elliott Lucca and women’s “chunky” St. John’s necklace
Design your own necklace with Marion Kahn 

Around the House
Man Camp: 25 bottles of beer, portable grill, camo bin with gloves, belt, bison
FUN4KIDS: Steamboat Arts and Crafts Gym, bean bag chair, House of Bounce
Puppy Love: Gift certificates to Pet Kare, Paws & Claws, Weavers’ Wash, Happy Tails, 4Paw Spa
One tree two baskets: 1 aspen nursery tree, 2 hanging baskets
8 Christmas ornaments with hand painted Steamboat scenes from Art Studio Company
Set of 3 thermal totes from Thirty-One: large with wheels, picnic tote and lunch size
Tole painted gardening box
Stamp chest from Olivia’s Home Furnishings
Lotus Crystal Bowl
Towel ring and TP holder in rustic copper, with installation
Hooked pillow, gift certificate to Annie’s Home Consignments

Posted on June 19, 2012
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Strings Music Festival

Some return to Strings every summer to reunite with friends and family. Some only attend one concert, but share a moment with a special person. Here are a few poignant memories of lifelong connections made at Strings.

“Meeting friends, spontaneously before a Different Tempo concert and the chatter at intermission.”
“Sharing a couple of concerts with family members visiting from Australia.”
“My mom, sister and brother-in-law rocking out to Celtic music. We came in with no idea who they were and loved them.” -Jan Levy

Thank you to everyone who has made Strings a part of your life. Your love of music keeps the festival alive.

Posted on June 15, 2012
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Strings Music Pavilion

The #1 reason people don’t attend a classical concert is due to lack of interest. 

The internet teams with articles discussing the death of classical music. The questions continue to pour out. If classical music is dying because of lack of interest, how do we increase interest? How do we get more people to like classical music?  

In a study done by the NEA, 36.4 million people attended a classical, jazz, or opera performance in 2008. With 16% of the total US adult population already attending classical performances, affiliated organizations should focus not on the part of the population who doesn’t like classical music, but the part that does. After all no one is talking about how to get more people interested in football or politics. 

If 16% of the US adult population actually attend live classical performances, it is safe to assume that more than 16% enjoy listening to classical music. Therefore orchestras and classical music organizations should target those who are already interested in classical music, but are not attending live concerts.  

The newest strategy to attract more people is touring orchestras. If people won’t come to the performance hall to hear live classical music, then let’s bring classical music to the people. 

The Brooklyn Philharmonic pulled off a successful season, despite not having a permanent “home.” They toured Brighton Beach, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza to much enthusiasm by concert goers. Closer to home, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is also moving around the state. Performances out of Boettcher Hall include visits to Lone Tree, Parker, Arvada, and Vail.

Andres Cardenes, Conductor

But even better than organizations guessing how to tailor programs to fit their audience is finding out straight from them what they want. With so many methods of reaching people, from mailings to phone calls to social networking, arts organizations should spend more time engaging their audience.  

An engaged audience will pay higher ticket prices, travel to new places for concerts, and most importantly bring others along with them. If we cater to those already interested, the hard work of raising attendance at classical concerts will happen naturally.

Posted on June 14, 2012
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“My favorite memory of Strings is the Pavilion.”

Strings Music Pavilion

“The day our Board voted to build the Pavilion.” -Henry Savage
“Seeing the Pavilion built in 9 months – a miracle!”
“This beautiful Pavilion replacing the old flapping tent.”
“Opening night of the Pavilion.”
“I love the new venue, particularly the acoustics; quite a departure from the tent on the hill.” -Corey Langer

The Strings Music Pavilion, in Steamboat Springs Colorado, was completed in 2008, replacing the performing arts tent. The 560-seat venue makes for an intimate concert setting and outstanding live music. In 2012, the Pavilion won Best of the Boat’s “Best Live Entertainment Venue.”

Posted on June 8, 2012
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