Steamboat Symphony Orchestra education concert set for Library Hall |

Steamboat Symphony Orchestra education concert set for Library Hall

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs Orchestra Director Ernest Richardson conducts a concert. He'll lead the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Education Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

— The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra education concert features local musicians of all ages — including students, adult professionals and amateurs — coming together to play a concert of classics from Beethoven to Mozart.

Orchestra Director Ernest Richardson wouldn't divulge the oldest member of the education concert. He also couldn't come up with the age of the youngest.

"I know they're young," he said. "I know they are short and little. The oldest? I won't say because I don't want to get in trouble. But they are well into adulthood. They're in the prime of their life, and we have them all the way down to little guys who just started playing."

That's the allure of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra education concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Tickets are $10 for adults, $1 for students and seniors and are available at the door.

"It's extremely rewarding to work with young people encountering music for the first time," Richardson said. "It's a language that will resonate the rest of their lives. It's a great opportunity to be part of that process."

The Steamboat String Ensemble, Cello Choir, Flute Choir and Youth Sinfonia will perform.

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Richardson said the great thing about the concert is the wide variance in age and ability.

He said he has been impressed with the younger group of musicians and their abilities. He said it's a nod to the community and the musicians in town that the younger generation is so talented.

The ability to work with professional adults, he said, should encourage the young musicians to continue.

"You'll hear every range of playing that's taking place in this community," Richardson said. "You'll hear a lot by children. You'll hear some from the adult amateurs, and the orchestra members really took a leadership role."

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