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Strings Music Festival season highlights

June 23: Opening night orchestra

Featuring world-renowned cellist Gary Hoffman and the official lighting of the Strings park (lights donated through Light up the Night, a fundraiser supporting local youth education programs). The park will stay lit throughout the summer season.

July 1: Free community day

In 2004, MASS Ensemble helped celebrate the tent’s opening, drawing nearly 1,500 people. This year the event returns, featuring yoga under the Earth harp, free interactive shows, as well as drum orb, African dance and belly dance performances.

July 7: Perry-Mansfield collaborative dance performance

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp members dance to “Roots II” by David Baker, performed by Strings musicians.

July 28: Multimedia collaborative performance

Fox network producer/videographer Mike Burks creates a photochoreography presentation of landscape, wildlife, ranch and horse images from local ranchers and photographers. The presentation accompanies Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” performed by Strings musicians.

Aug. 1: Side-by-side performance: local students and professionals

A small chamber orchestra of Strings musicians and local students performs Mozart’s 40th Symphony.

Aug. 17: Asleep at the Wheel

The return of nine-time Grammy Award winners Asleep at the Wheel to close out the festival season in conjunction with the Steamboat All Arts Festival.