Strings' Gala Concert today


— In its 15th musical season, Strings in the Mountains has evolved to have many faces when it comes to the music it brings to Steamboat Springs in the summer.

Guitar-playing singer-songwriters, swing music and local musicians featured in the Music on the Green concert series in the Yampa River Botanic Park are all products of Strings.

However, along with the diversity of artists the nonprofit organization provides to Steamboat Springs, Strings in the Mountains may be best known for its ability to bring the most respected classical musicians in the world to perform chamber music in the Strings Tent on the mountain.

Today's Gala Concert and dessert reception at the tent is no exception.

This is the first chamber music concert of the season for Strings and three "amazing people" have joined musical forces to bring a rare event to the tent, Strings' Betse Grassby said.

"We're really excited about this concert," she said. "It kicks off Strings' chamber season. The repertoire we are going to have playing is exciting. It is really good stuff."

The musicians include one of the foremost pianist in the world, Andre'-Michel Schub, violinist Chee-Yun, who is a young musician performing with some the world's best orchestras, and Andres Diaz, whose cello won him the Allegro Music Award for a 1996 recording.

Having these respected artists, who are considered masters of the instruments, play chamber music (a style of classical music where one artist performs a musical part versus an entire orchestra) in Steamboat Springs is truly a rare event.

"So it is intimate, that is why we do it here for audiences around 500," Grassby said.

After the concert, ticket holders are invited to a champagne and dessert reception in Torian Plum Plaza with the musicians.

The show is at 7 p.m. today at the Strings in the Mountains Tent in Torian Plum Plaza.

Tickets are $30 at the Strings box office, next to the tent.


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