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Chamber music grand finale

The rain that drummed against the Strings in the Mountains music tent was an uninvited guest for the musicians but a complement to the evening. The inclement weather set the stage for the last intimate chamber music concert of the summer.

The precision at which the bows of the violin players rose into the air at the same exact moment was impressive. And so was the fury in which the orchestra played seasonal tangos with more passion than a dancing Antonio Banderas in the "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arr. Desyatnikov)" piece by Piazzolla.

Liszt's piece, "Gondoliera and Tarantella for Piano from Venezia e Napoli," was written to be listened to while on a gondola ride in the canals of Venice. It obviously was a piece from the romantic period. The speed and annotation in which David Deveau played the piano was amazing. His fingers moved as fast as hummingbird wings.

The chamber music Saturday night was not what your parents' parents listened to. The program was inventive and refreshing, and the rain should always be an expected guest.

Free concert

Matt Costa sounds to me like a cross between Jack Johnson and Bright Eyes. Many people at the free concert said he sounded like John Lennon.

Even though many concert attendees previously had never heard of Matt Costa, he signed CDs for at least an hour and a half after the show.

After the concert, I learned that the band gets to bring its own cooler and gets a parking spot right next to the stage. There also were cute T-shirts for girls for sale. The band members told me they were amazed that people were ski jumping next to them while they practiced earlier in the day. The musicians are from Huntington Beach, Calif., and Orange County, and this was their first time in Steamboat Springs.

I hope - for Steamboat's sake - that they come back again.

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