Elissa Greene's "This Week in Strings" column appears Mondays in Steamboat Today.
One score and 13 months ago, the mothers of Strings brought forth upon Steamboat a new music festival. It was conceived in artistry and dedicated to the proposition that all residents and visitors should be treated to great music. Now, we are engaged in a new building, proving that this festival, or any festival so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met in the new Pavilion of this festival. We have come to dedicate this building as a great place for those who love to listen to and experience great music. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
Beethoven - he is a superstar of Western classical music. And he's the star of the last classical performance of Strings' Season 21 on Saturday, which features a record 46 musicians on the larger stage of the new Pavilion.
The concert opens with the "Consecration of the House" overture. This piece was composed in 1822 for the opening of Vienna's Theater in der Josefstadt, which is the oldest performing theater in Vienna. It's the perfect opener for our new "House."
Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto No. 5 will be performed by Yaron Kohlberg, silver medalist in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, who joins the Strings Festival Orchestra. He was born in Jerusalem in 1983 and is one of Israel's leading young pianists.
The third and final piece of the program is Beethoven's "Triple" Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano. The solo parts will be performed by the Carnegie Mellon Trio. Violinist Andres Cardenes, cellist Anne Martindale Williams and pianist David Deveau have been together since 1991. Recent appearances performing this piece with the Pacific and the Pittsburgh Symphonies have drawn rave reviews.
Also this week is a superb Wednesday night concert titled "Romantic Splendor," featuring (in my humble opinion) two of the greatest pieces of chamber music ever written, the Mendelssohn Octet and the Dvorak "Dumky" Trio. Also at noon that day is a free talk with Ken Greene featuring a discussion about the Mendelssohn Octet, with the musicians performing excerpts from the piece.
Friday night features six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon, acclaimed opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell, and revolutionary pianist/composer Mike Garson. They will be performing music of the Great American Songbook from composers such as Bernstein, Berlin and Gershwin, as they gear up for a performance at the Kennedy Center this fall.
This is your last chance this summer to witness great classical music from the Strings Music Festival. Don't miss out.
Elissa Greene is information technology director and development coordinator for the Strings Music Festival. Call her at 970-879-5056, ext. 100, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.