Canadian fiddle family Leahy plays at the Strings Music Pavilion on Friday.

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Canadian fiddle family Leahy plays at the Strings Music Pavilion on Friday.

Elissa Greene: A family affair to take Strings stage

Canadian fiddling group Leahy performs Friday evening

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Elissa Greene

Elissa Greene's "This Week in Strings" column appears Mondays in Steamboat Today.

Believe it or not, we are already one week into the Strings summer season, and I hope you've had a chance to join us for one of our concerts. But whether you have or haven't, carpe diem - seize the day - and come on down. Read about the upcoming programs and pick one - I know you'll be glad you did.

Today, classical guitarist Jason Vieaux returns for a concert of Spanish and Italian music. Works by composers Pugnani, Tarrega, Albeniz, Paganini and Dohnanyi will be performed.

On Friday, Canadian fiddling family Leahy will step-dance its way onto the Strings Pavilion stage. The group has won several Juno awards, including best new group, best country group and best instrumental album, and you will quickly see why. The eight siblings - Donnell, Siobheann, Frank, Agnes, Doug, Angus, Erin and Maria - play fiddle, bass, drums, keyboards, mandolin and piano, and of course, step dance.

Saturday night celebrates the return of pianist Jon Kimura Parker as a soloist with the Strings Festival Orchestra, performing Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. The program begins with Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra," performed by music director and conductor Andres Cardenes and violist Arturo Delmoni. Next is Respighi's "Trittico Botticelliano," a piece inspired by three paintings of Italian painter Botticelli, La Primavera (Spring), L'adorazione dei Magi (The Adoration of the Magi), and La nascita di Venere (The Birth of Venus).

There is a free musical talk at noon today. Concert commentator Ken Greene will discuss the Beethoven Piano Concerto with Parker, talk about Respighi's piece and show slides of Botticelli's paintings.

Elissa Greene is information technology director and development coordinator for the Strings Music Festival. Contact her at 970-879-5056, ext. 100, or elissa@stringsmusicfestival.com.

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