FREE ONLINE MUSIC, ARTS, AND EDUCATION RESOURCES

We are pleased to share here a number of performances from artists who have graced Strings Music Festival in recent years as well as educational materials and playlists from past Strings festivals. Please enjoy these free opportunities to be entertained and inspired. We believe all performances here are suitable for all ages. Unless noted, no subscription or log-in is required to experience these performances.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Live

They’ve both played sold-out shows at Strings Music Festival. Now see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take turns sharing acoustic songs. Photo by Michael Wilson.

Gold Medal Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo

A fitting tribute for Beethoven’s 250th birthday, hear this 2017 performance from Strings Pavilion. Yekwon Sunwoo plays Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109. The performance rounds out hour two (starting 36 minutes in) of this episode of Performance Today. Listen free through most of June. Photo by Carolyn Cruz.

Merle Mondays with Joe Nichols

Brent Rowan joins Joe Nichols on this cover of the Merle Haggard classic “My Favorite Memory.” Joe joined Brent on the Strings stage in 2018, part of an annual tradition at Strings known as Brent Rowan & Friends.

Boston Brass plays Piazzolla

Enjoy this tango opera María de Buenos Aires from frequent Strings performers Boston Brass. They dedicate the performance to all those affected by the coronavirus, especially health workers.

Beatbox Flute 101

Greg Pattillo of Project Trio breaks down the basics for flutists who want that beatbox sound. Project Trio was one of our featured Strings School Days mentors to local middle school students in 2018-19.

Alpin Hong and Special Guest

His wit and piano virtuosity light up Steamboat Springs whenever Alpin Hong visits. He has headlined summer performances and served as a beloved Strings School Days mentor to local students. Here he performs a gorgeous Rachmaninoff duet with, ahem, Deadpool?!

Karissa and Thomas Shivone “O Sole Mio”

Cellist Karissa Shivone of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, seen on the Strings stage for the last two opening orchestras, performs a duet with her husband, an opera singer. Stay tuned for the fun surprise in the middle of the piece!

At Home with Rodrigo y Gabriela

They lit up the Strings Pavilion in 2018 with their fiery guitar skills. Now, fresh off their 2020 Grammy win for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Rodrigo y Gabriela perform this 23-minute set from their home in Mexico.

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me”

The Colorado Symphony horns put to music that special feeling that comes from social distancing. Even The Police picked up this special reworking of their 1980 hit on their Facebook page. Note principal horn, Michael Thornton, top left. You may remember him from summers past at Strings, including our John Williams concert and Celebrate America I, II, and III.

30th Anniversary Season Playlist

In 2017 Strings’ director of artistic administration Katie Carroll collaborated with music director Michael Sachs on a playlist of that season’s repertoire (performed by various artists). More than 6 hours of music! Log-in required: listen with a free account; no ads for paid Spotify subscribers.

Clarinet duo for our heroes
New clarinet duo for our heroes

A frequent performer at Strings, Mark Nuccio (principal clarinet at the Houston Symphony) performs this freshly minted duo with André Moisan (bass clarinet at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra). They offer their charming new piece to health care workers, people risking their lives, and all those staying at home to protect their communities.

Strings School Days educational mentor
Our most recent Strings School Days artist

The ninth and final Strings education artist of the 2019-20 school year, Chad Hollister jumped into the virtual concert world right at the beginning. Chad invites us to sit at his kitchen table while he jams out on his guitar, introduces us to his son, and also makes mention of his great visit to Steamboat in March.

Cliburn gold medalist
Relive a gold-medal piano quintet moment

This watch party for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition includes a 4.5-minute intro by Yekwon Sunwoo followed by his gold-medal winning Dvořák performance with the Brentano Quartet. Yekwon performed in Strings Pavilion in 2017, the year of this vivid performance.

The Waffle House Song
Bluegrass for breakfast

This year’s mentors to local high school bands through Strings School Days, Steel Betty have released their latest music video. Check out “The Waffle House Song” for their pop-grass take on this little piece of Americana. If you need a few extra giggles, stay tuned for the bloopers reel 3.5 minutes in.

Summer artwork Season 31
Strings Music Festival’s 2018 playlist

Our 2018 classical repertoire (performed by various artists), as selected by Music Director Michael Sachs: more than 6 hours of music! Log-in required: listen with a free account; no ads for paid Spotify subscribers.

Bela and Abby
Banjo tribute to John Prine

Live from Nashville, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn continued their weekly tradition of pajama-clad, intimate, homegrown 1-hour performances (and hilarity). In this episode they started with a special nod to their friend and neighbor, the late, great John Prine.

Live from Hawaii
Jake Shimabukuro Live from Hawaii

Catch the recording of this live concert streamed from Hawaii: Jake Shimabukuro bringing ukulele virtuosity from his beach to yours.

Michael Sachs and others
“A Hope for the Future”

Written as a tribute to the frontline heroes around the globe, health care specialists dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, this 5-minute trumpet performance features Strings Music Director Michael Sachs.

Ode to Joy
“Ode to Joy”

Colorado Symphony came together digitally to perform this brief taste of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Featured performers who have graced the stage with the Strings Festival Orchestra include Owen Levine, Cathy Peterson, Michael Thornton, and Justin Bartels.

Michael Sachs trumpet solo
“Song for Hope” trumpet tribute

Music Director Michael Sachs performs trumpet solos in this beautiful cancer benefit (5 minutes).

Season 32
Strings Music Festival 2019 playlist

14 tracks represent the variety of performers Strings Music Festival brings to Steamboat Springs. Log-in required: listen with a free account; no ads for paid Spotify subscribers.

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Our 30th Anniversary season
Relive Opening Night 2017

(11 min.*) From opening night of our 30th summer festival season, this grand concerto by Handel was conducted by Michael Sachs. Pour some champagne and immerse yourself in the dynamic between the small group of soloists (hailing from top orchestras) and the Strings Festival Orchestra. *Find it as the second piece in Hour 1 of this episode of Performance Today. Available until 8/20.

Le Grand Tango featuring Chee-Yun

(8½ min.*) From our 30th Anniversary Celebration, this performance of Piazzolla‘s Le Grand Tango features Chee-Yun on violin and Wendy Chen on piano. *Find it as the final piece in Hour 1 of this episode of Performance Today. Available until 8/23.

Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano

(20 min.*) Trio in F Major for Flute, Cello, and Piano, H. 300 – In our 2017 season, we revisited this piece by Bohuslav Martinu which was part of our very first summer of music in 1988. *Find it as the final piece in Hour 2 of this episode of Performance Today. Available until 9/3.

YOUNG & YOUNG-AT-HEART

All-ages entertainment and education for families

complete our musical scavenger hunt for a free treat
Musical Scavenger Hunt

ACTIVITY (2 hours or so*)
A family walking adventure full of fun, trivia, and unique places that could only be in our town. And music connects it all. Complete our free scavenger hunt in downtown Steamboat Springs for a free treat from Lyon’s Corner Drug & Soda Fountain. *Participate any time.

Stuck at Home
“Stuck at Home”

AT-HOME ACTIVITIES (hours of fun)
One of last year’s featured Youth Concert performers, Justin Roberts has a knack for engaging kids of all ages. On his activity page you’ll find instructions for making a shoebox guitar, creating your own musical scavenger hunts, and everything aspiring young musicians need to host their own home concert.

Free stay at home videos and games
Stay-at-home Stuff

VIDEOS & GAMES (hours of fun)
Doctor Noize, featured every other summer in our youth series, believes that kids are the most adventurous, creative, and brilliant audience in the world. During this wild time where we are all at home, the multi-instrumentalist has made all of his albums free and accompanied them with learning worksheets.

Quarantunes
#Quarantunes

VIDEO (54 min.)
We just enjoyed their company on the Strings stage, celebrating a year of Strings School Days mentorship with Steamboat Springs Middle School’s 7th and 8th grade bands and the Emerald Mountain School’s Orchestra. Read all about it in the Steamboat Pilot here.
For their pre-St. Paddy’s Day #Quarantunes concert, Moxie Strings‘ Diana & Ali donned their best slippers for an intimate basement concert. Expect all the playfulness, educational content, and exceptional music they always deliver! Click to view this fun 54-minute concert.

David Gonzalez Reads his “Talking Book”

VIDEO (11½ min.)
Strings audiences know David Gonzalez from multiple years of performances for families and Strings School Days students. Enjoy his words and voice, accompanied by colorful illustrations, in Tio Jose and the Singing Trees.

Andrew & Polly’s Ear Snacks Podcast

AUDIO (26 min.)

Winners of 3 Parents’ Choice Awards, Andrew & Polly are hosts of Ear Snacks, their podcast for kids. In this episode, they share a “Little Bitta Joy.” The duo graced the Strings stage for our 2016 Youth Series.

Classical Critters

AUDIO (59 min.)

Enjoy this classical music romp inspired by animals. Performance Today Host Fred Child, who frequently shares Strings performances with his listeners, is joined by kids who help him tell stories, spark creativity, share ideas, and listen to music together. Make space to move to the music and have paper and crayons on hand!

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Strings Retuned podcast
STRINGS RETUNED with Michael Sachs: Our Podcast

Each week we revisit impeccable recordings of quintessential performances from Strings Music Festival. Principal players from across the nation join our music director to add depth and personal experience to each piece.

Episode 1: Beethoven’s 250th Birthday (54 min.)
Episode 2: Dreamy French Composers (47 min.)
Episode 3: Connections across Centuries (53 min.)
Episode 4: Soundscapes of Beyond (52 min.)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Harmonies

(4 min.) The voices you know from Paul Simon‘s Graceland. Those harmonies rang from the hills here in Steamboat Springs in 2019 and 2006. Ladysmith Black Mambazo always cheer us up, even with a song called “Homeless.” Hum along to this live recording from New York City.

Bruce Hornsby
New Music from Bruce Hornsby

(5½ min.) Bruce Hornsby‘s new single “My Resolve” features James Mercer of The Shins. A star of Strings Music Festival in 2014, Bruce calls the song “a Sisyphean tale of the creative life.” The new album releases August 14. Photo by Jim Chapin Photography.

Dave Mason’s “Feelin’ Alright”

(4½ min.) For this new recording of his hit “Feelin’ Alright,” Dave Mason recruited Mick Fleetwood, Sammy Hagar, and the Doobie Brothers. Dave entertained Strings audiences in 2019 and 2015.

Strings Music Festival 2019 Playlist

(74 min.) 14 tracks represent the variety of performers Strings Music Festival brings to Steamboat Springs. Log-in required: listen with a free account; no ads for paid Spotify subscribers.

Strings Music Festival 2018 Classical Playlist

(6 hours) Our 2018 classical repertoire, as programmed by Music Director Michael Sachs. Note the repertoire is performed here by a variety of other artists. Log-in required: listen with a free account; no ads for paid Spotify subscribers.

30th Anniversary Season Classical Playlist (2017)

(6 hours) In 2017 Strings’ director of artistic administration Katie Carroll collaborated with Music Director Michael Sachs on a playlist of that season’s repertoire (performed by various artists). Log-in required: listen with a free account; no ads for paid Spotify subscribers.

Strings Music Festival 2016 Classical Playlist

(6 hours) Enjoy music from Charlie Chaplin‘s 1925 classic film The Gold Rush to Beethoven and much more. This playlist represents the 2016 Strings Music Festival summer repertoire (performed by various artists). Log-in required: listen with free account; no ads for paid Spotify subscribers.

Strings Music Festival 2015 Classical Finale

(4 min.) We closed out our 2015 summer season with Sergei Prokofiev‘s Symphony No 1, Op 25, Classical Symphony IV Finale Molto Vivace. Hear it again, accompanied by photos from that year’s Strings Festival Orchestra.