Elissa Greene: A top 10 for Strings this week
July 8, 2012
Steamboat Springs — If you are thinking about attending a Strings Music Festival show this week, here are my top 10 reasons why you should:
1 It may be something you've never done before.
2 It's a great way to impress your date.
3 It's an even better way to impress your in-laws.
4 You can wear the clothes you went hiking in or your stilettos.
5 The Strings Music Pavilion is air-conditioned.
6 You most likely won't have beer spilled on you.
7 There is never a line for the restroom.
8 Strings won't cancel because of rain or lack thereof.
9 It's affordable (visit the box office for 25th Anniversary tickets)
10 Steamboat is not only a destination resort, it's also a destination for world-class musicians.
Richard Perlmutter sets words to classical music in "Beethoven's Wig" on Tuesday in the third Youth Concert of the season. Local musicians Kathleen Allen, Cheryl Hardy Moore and Dr. Brian Harrington join him on stage for his entertaining take on traditional classical music.
As a cellist, I am especially looking forward to the concert Wednesday, entitled European Romance. Ani Kalayjian will perform cello pieces by European composers of the Romantic period, including works by Schumann, Glazunov and Cassadó.
Paul Thorn visited Strings Music Festival last winter with Steamboat favorite Ruthie Foster. On Friday, he will return with his band. Audiences still are raving about his performance — they were laughing the entire time. Thorn has been influenced by his father (a Pentecostal minister) and his uncle (a one-time pimp) and has adopted a "saint and sinner" mentality.
His album "Pimps and Preachers" topped the Americana Radio charts and was in Billboard's Top 100, Rock and Independent Albums charts.
Saturday's concert is a "numerical" celebration of Strings' 25th Anniversary season, featuring all things 25. The pieces being performed this evening are "Opus 25," or the 25th work of each composer, including Chopin, Schumann and Brahms, featuring pianist Anna Polonsky.
Elissa Greene is the director of artistic administration, education and technology at Strings Music Festival. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-879-5056 x100.