The shiny finish of Walt Seabert's tuba will be combined with the rich brass sound of the Emerald Cith Opera's Resident Artist Spotlight Series at 7 p.m. this Friday night at the United Methodist Church.

Photo by John F. Russell

The shiny finish of Walt Seabert's tuba will be combined with the rich brass sound of the Emerald Cith Opera's Resident Artist Spotlight Series at 7 p.m. this Friday night at the United Methodist Church.

Spotlight on residents

Local trumpeter Rasmussen featured in opera series concert

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Resident Artist Spotlight Series

  • Friday, November 9, 2007, 7 p.m.
  • United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 8th & Oak Street, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $5 - $10

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— Trumpeter Mark Rasmussen wants to show the many sides of his instrument when Emerald City Opera opens its concert season tonight.

"Trumpet, for a lot of people, is one-dimensional," Rasmussen said. "So if we can get a lot of different sounds in there by using over 300 years of trumpet music, we can vary it."

Rasmussen will perform with vocalists and other instrumentalists tonight at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church. The concert is part of ECO's SpringSips Resident Spotlight Series.

The program ranges from early Baroque (Scarlatti) to modern American (Copland), and includes guest performances by Michelle Hess (soprano), Marie Carmichael (piano), Katie Rasmussen (oboe and English horn) and more. There are solo pieces, vocal pieces and a four-part trumpet choir.

Mark Rasmussen moved to Steamboat Springs about a year ago to build mountain bikes for Moots Cycles. A lifelong musician, he contacted the Steamboat Springs Orchestra before coming to town, so the amount of time he was out of practice was minimal.

"I was one of those kids that started in elementary school and kept playing," he said of his experience in the San Francisco Bay area with the La Jolla Symphony, his founding of the San Diego Wind Ensemble and his years freelancing for everything from weddings to rock concerts.

In California, Rasmussen ran a music store for seven years; he continues to repair instrument on the side.

Because Rasmussen is relatively new in town, the concert will be a chance for residents to get to know him, said ECO founder and artistic director Keri Rusthoi.

The Resident Spotlight Series is an outlet for local musicians to showcase their musical talents, and is one of the most important parts of Rusthoi's vision for the opera, she said.

"There are a lot of talented people who choose to make Steamboat Springs their home," Rusthoi said. "It's also for people who are not professionals, but need an opportunity to make their art and be creative."

The cost of producing the concert is covered by sponsor SpringSips, an Internet service provider. That sponsorship allows ECO to use concert proceeds for its scholarship fund.

Now in its fourth year, ECO awards a scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior who plans to major in vocal performance. Special preference is given to those with an interest in opera and an active involvement in the arts. It's open to students from across Northwest Colorado.

"I feel like it's one of the most important missions of Emerald City Opera to do this resident spot series and give away the scholarship," Rusthoi said.

"It's a win-win situation."

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