The Paonia band Sweet Sunny South plays two shows at the Strings Music Pavilion on Tuesday: an 11 a.m. youth concert and a 5:30 p.m. family concert, featuring old-time music in the style of the Grand Ole Opry.

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The Paonia band Sweet Sunny South plays two shows at the Strings Music Pavilion on Tuesday: an 11 a.m. youth concert and a 5:30 p.m. family concert, featuring old-time music in the style of the Grand Ole Opry.

Elissa Greene: Strings offers week of variety

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Elissa Greene

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

— One of the best things about Steamboat is the wide variety of music options. We are fortunate to have a full spectrum of venues, times, genres and acts to choose from. Within these choices, Strings provides a range of possibilities to suit all schedules, tastes and budgets.

On Tuesday, the band Sweet Sunny South from Paonia takes the stage for a youth concert at 11 a.m. The concert is titled "Duck Duck Grey Duck" and based on a traditional children's game -also known as Duck, Duck Goose - in Minnesota. They return at 5:30 p.m. for a family concert featuring old-time music in the style of Grand Ole Opry.

In the spirit of this festival season is a night of friendly and interesting classical music Wednesday, featuring the music of Latin and Czech composers. You may find this to be a somewhat odd combination, but I think you'll enjoy the diversity of the program. The 90-minute program includes Brazilian composer Heitor-Villa Lobos' Jet Whistle, Argentinian Astor Piazzolla's Tango-Etudes for Solo Flute, and Czech composer Martinu's Sonata No. 3 for Cello and Piano. Finishing off the evening is Dvorák's Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major. After the concert, hang out with the musicians at a casual reception outside the Pavilion.

On Thursday, come to the Yampa River Botanic Park for a free lunchtime concert featuring local musicians Mary Beth Norris, flute; Gary Foss, clarinet; and John Fairlie, bassoon, as the Steamboat Wind Trio. The weather has been absolutely beautiful for the past three Music on the Green concerts, and we expect it to be this week as well, so don't miss it.

Friday night celebrates the return of Steamboat's own (at least part-time) Brent Rowan. Brent has been the Academy of Country Music's Guitarist of the Year twice. He has sold more than 200 million CDs throughout the course of his impressive career with some of pop and country music's most prolific artists. He is joined by singer/songwriters Gary Burr and Victoria Shaw. Burr is in the Country Music Songwriter's Hall of Fame and has written 32 Top-40 hits, 24 Top-10s and 14 No. 1 songs in varied genres, including pop, country and Latin. Shaw has written No. 1 country music hits for Garth Brooks, Doug Stone and John Michael Montgomery.

The annual High Country Kitchen & Garden Tour takes place Saturday. A continental breakfast begins at 9 a.m. at the Pavilion, followed by a tour of eight houses with amazing kitchens and gardens throughout Steamboat. Visit one of the featured houses in Catamount, and you will have the ultimate privilege - just kidding - to see yours truly playing cello and my father, Ken Greene, on viola. You also can spend a little extra on a VIP ticket and get chauffeured on an air-conditioned bus and receive lunch.

Saturday night features Cuarteto Latinoamericano. This award-winning ensemble has recorded most of the Latin American string quartet repertoire and has been nominated for a Grammy and a Latin Grammy. They will perform tangos and other energetic pieces by Latin American composers.

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

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