Strings features cultural music on an intimate level

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Strings in the Mountains Music Festival is celebrating its 19th year of bringing exceptional music to Steamboat Springs. Strings will offer 70 concerts this summer showcasing 170 musicians who can entertain every musical taste.

Strings' Classical Music Series will include the top principles from the nation's top orchestras and symphonies, while its Different Tempo Series and new Tuesdays in the Tent Series will feature up-and-coming artists.

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Moselle Sandler, left, and Sedona Lewis play a duet while Lars Bernsten watches during a free contert at the Yampa River Botanic Park.

"Hear them now at an intimate venue before you can't get their tickets anywhere," said marketing director Lindsey Early.

Sophie Milman is one of the new musicians who will make her Steamboat debut performing both contemporary and traditional jazz classics in the Different Tempo Series. Her debut album is number two on the jazz charts for iTunes. "She is one that could sky rocket," Early said. "See her now."

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The Strings in the Mountains tent is at the corner of Mount Werner and Pine Grove Roads. Strings' Music Festival begins in June and hosts a full calendar of music through August. Call 879-5056 for tickets and information.

Strings is most well known for its Classical Music Series which offers intimate chamber music performances from musicians across the country. This summer includes principal players from the New York Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony and National Symphonies, as well as the Miami Strings Quartet.

There will be a Family Concert Series and a Youth Concert Series designed for young children and their family members. Music on the Green is a free concert series that is offered every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. during the summer at the Yampa River Botanic Park.

The "Contempo Program" is a new program targeted at a younger demographic to get them excited about classical music, Early said. Every Wednesday tickets will be available for $10 for people who are 21 to 39 years of age.

Another way to get more involved in the music is to attend one of Strings' Pre-Concert Talks lead by Dr. Ken Greene, who is the chair of the music department at Trinity University and is the conductor of the Trinity Symphony Orchestra. Musicians will play excerpts from that evening's performance and Dr. Greene will explain what the composer was thinking while creating the piece.

Strings offers educational programs for children, such as the Youth Touring program. It teaches children about 60,000 years of music history.

The Strings in the Mountains tent is at the corner of Mount Werner and Pine Grove Roads. Strings' Music Festival begins in June and hosts a full calendar of music through August.

Alison Lang, office facility manager of Strings, said that people often ask her what the dress code is. "The Steamboat dress code overrides all other dress codes," Lang said.

"People think that Strings is an exclusive club because classical music has a sophisticated kind of atmosphere," Early said. Strings' goal is to dispel that stereotype and to get more people interested in classical music.

"We want to make our music festival park a fun place for people to come and enjoy themselves," Early said.

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