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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra fall concert to feature Rod Hanna photographs

Luke Graham

Steamboat photographer Rod Hanna's images will accompany the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra's fall concert Sept. 21 at Strings Music Pavilion.

— Bonnie Murray loves riding horses and loves playing the violin.

But in June 2012, in a moment, both seemed lost.

Murray was thrown off her horse at Sydney Peak Ranch, falling on her right shoulder.

The result was a broken humerus, a bone spur, a torn rotator cuff and torn bicep tendon.

"Oh my gosh, I missed (the violin) a whole lot," she said. "I wasn't sure I'd be able to play it. I did a lot of rehab. I really, really tried hard. I did a couple hours a day at home. I did a couple days a week at the hospital for physical therapy because I really wanted to play again. When you take things for granted and you can't do them, you really miss them."

Murray has come a long way in a little more than a year. She's been back on a horse, and she's been back playing music.

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Murray will take another step toward recovery when she plays for the first time with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra for its fall concert. Murray is the principal second violinist.

The concert, in partnership with the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, is at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Strings Music Pavilion. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased here.

For Murray, she started playing in March again with her bluegrass band Ragweed. At first, she was limited to 30-minute sets but always maintained a positive attitude and had that dynamite, draw-you-in smile.

"I'm happy where it is," she said. "I'm just thrilled to be able to play again."

The concert will begin with Vivaldi's “Four Seasons” and concludes with Tchaikovsky's “Serenade for Strings.”

Photographer Rod Hanna is donating the use of hundreds of his iconic images for a special photography presentation for the “Four Seasons” portion of the performance.

Hanna said he provided more than 500 images for the concert. He said he was familiar with what the concert needed having done similar projects with Strings the past few summers.

Even for Hanna, the music brings out a new element to his photography.

"It's a terrific combination," Hanna said. "The neat part is not only seeing the images with the music but the performance. What really struck me was the live music. It's pretty compelling to see images with the live music."

Orchestra Music Director Ernest Richardson knew the pairing of photographs from in and around Steamboat Springs, as well as other parts of Colorado, would make an excellent accompaniment to this portion of the concert.

Orchestra founder, concertmaster and Steamboat resident Teresa Steffen-Greenlee will be the soloist for summer. Spring, fall and winter movement soloists are violinists Tori Woodrow, Natasha Colkette and Desiree Cedeno-Suarez.

“It will be a great night for sight and sound,” said Heather Shore, the Arts Council executive director.

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