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Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Soiree & Swing fundraiser is Feb. 4

Nicole Inglis

The Steamboat Swings Band will perform at the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra’s Soiree & Swing fundraiser

— On March 11, more than 50 members of the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra will take on the immense task of performing Brahms' Symphony No. 1.

It's a monumental undertaking for the organization, which is entering its 20th year as Steamboat's resident orchestra.

Mary Beth Norris, flautist and founding member of the Steamboat Symphony, said the local musicians have spent their entire careers building the skills to learn and perform a piece like this.

"For those of us within our community that have followed the orchestra over the past 20 years, they can just tell for themselves what an amazing growth process we've gone through to get to where we are today," Norris said.

But before that happens, a few orchestra members will take part in a much more laid-back performance as part of the Steamboat Swings Band, which is playing the orchestra's annual fundraiser next week.

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra Soiree & Swing has become a late-winter tradition, offering a classy but fun way to celebrate and support the orchestra. The event is at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The evening begins with a wine reception and dance instruction from Charles Horton.

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At 7 p.m., Matt and Holly Blanchard will demonstrate tango and swing dance while heavy appetizers are served. The Steamboat Swings Band goes on at about 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $100 and are available at All That Jazz, the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra office, online at or by calling 970-870-3223. Proceeds go to support the orchestra's programming and education and outreach efforts.

There also will be a silent auction with about $23,000 worth of donated items, from travel packages to gift certificates.

Norris said the orchestra wouldn't be where it is today — or even exist at all — without support from the community in the form of concert attendance, donations and musician sponsorship.

"We couldn't (do it) without the community's support," she said. "We so appreciate everyone that comes to our concerts and purchases tickets. And the many people that go above and beyond that."

"It's been a lot of blood, sweat and tears," she said about the orchestra's history. "It's been in the hands of so many different people that have caused the orchestra to become strong and grow."

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

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